PLCs Professional Learning CommunityBy: Emily Lehmann
What is a PLC? PLC stands for Professional Learning Community Goal is to ensure that all students are provided a higher level of education Strive for students to become “committed lifelong learners”
What is a PLC? Professional Learning Communities can occur in any school with the commitment and ambition by all parties involved. Collaboration is used by the entire district to ensure that students are receiving the BEST education.
How Does a PLC work?Teachers, Students, Administration, parents, and the entire community come together to work toward creating a successful learning community.
How Does a PLC work? The members of a PLC work together and independently to reach one common goal. The goal is set with the high expectations that students will receive a higher level of education, collaboration among educators and administrators will occur , along with positive support and assistance from the community and parents.
How Does a PLC work? Teachers create common assessments to form common data that can be used at a later time to determine the successfulness of specific concepts. Goal is for students to become proficient/highly proficient in all common core state standards. Those students who are not proficient in certain areas are then provided further instruction, more practice, and one-on-one tutoring to guide them to proficiently. Student learning is monitored regularly to monitor student growth.
Who is Involved Everyone is involved in making a successful PLC. Parents Students Teachers Administrators Community Each member/group has a specific role
How to Start a PLC A professional learning community can be started in any school. The support from staff assists in the achievement of a PLC. Determine one common goal that is attainable and accessible.
How to Start a PLC It has been found that schools should “Work with the willing” when starting a PLC. It is important to focus on those who are interested, willing, excited, and most importantly dedicated to the idea. Once the PLC is started others will pick up the practices and jump on board.
How to Make a PLC Successful A PLC is successful when all members are working together to create a positive learning environment. Educators must also continue learning to ensure that the students are provided the most current information and new techniques are used to engage students.
How to Make a PLC Successful It is essential that department teams within a school work together and collaborate to design common instructional material and assessments. The data collected from common assessments can then be examined and used to determine if practices were successful. The teams use data to better then education of the students. Collaboration is successful when teaching techniques are being discussed and changes occur for the better.
How to Make a PLC Successful Consistency throughout the school is key in a professional learning community. Teachers should work together and meet regularly to discuss teaching practices, ways of engaging students, and plans of meet the common goal.
Professional Learning Community Main Ideas Teamwork Collaboration Revision Goals Standards Common
Research Research has found many benefits that a PLC can bring to a school district The students success is no longer left on one teacher. Teachers are working together with one common goal of student success. They work together to create the most engaging activities that will promote a higher level of thinking. Teachers and staff are brought together for the common good of the students. Staff moral increases and teachers feel a greater satisfaction with the work being done.
Research It has been found that schools that have implemented the PLC ideas have seen incredible changes are are “full functioning PLCs in 2.5 years” (Learning Point 2009) Students have also been greatly impacted by the changes of a PLC. Proficiency levels have increased greatly Students become accountable and responsible for their learning.
Research Case studies of three elementary schools showed that during a five-year period, students from minority and low-income families improved their scores on state achievement tests from less than 50 percent proficient to 75 percent proficient. (Learning Point 2009)