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Introduction to PLCs


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Introduction to the basic principals of establishing Professional Learning Communities

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Introduction to PLCs

  1. 1. Professional Learning Communities and how they work Cymunedau Dysgu Proffesiynol a sut maent yn gweithio Simon Ford British Council Wales
  2. 2. Why PLCs? Pam CDP? <ul><li>The ultimate goal of a PLC can be summed up in three words; improved learner outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers working together, learning from each other and making a difference through collaborative activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Better learning outcomes and wellbeing for children and young people regardless of their socio economic background. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a PLC? Beth yw CDP? <ul><li>PLCs focus on leaner and learning outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>PLCs use data and evidence. </li></ul><ul><li>PLCs provide opportunities for professional empowerment. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 1: Establish the group Sefydlu’r grwp <ul><li>How long should a PLC last? </li></ul><ul><li>How man people should be involved in a PLC? </li></ul><ul><li>Should the headteacher always be involved in a PLC? </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2: Identify a focus Adnabod ffocws How do you start? What data can be used? Who takes the lead?
  6. 6. 3: Action enquiry Ymholiad gweithredol <ul><li>What research is there? </li></ul><ul><li>What are other teachers practicing? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do we get more information? </li></ul>
  7. 7. 4: Innovation and change Cyflwyno a newid <ul><li>What if the PLC goes off at a tangent? </li></ul><ul><li>What if the focus is too broad? </li></ul><ul><li>Where does the time come from? </li></ul>
  8. 8. 5: Trailing and feedback Treilau ac adborth <ul><li>How effective is my teaching? </li></ul><ul><li>What teaching strategies accelerate and improve learning? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the impact on the learner? </li></ul>
  9. 9. 6: Refining Mireinio <ul><li>Who monitors the work and outcomes of the PLC? </li></ul><ul><li>How is the impact of a PLC measured? </li></ul><ul><li>How is enthusiasm maintained after several iterations of a PLC? </li></ul>
  10. 10. 7: Sharing outcomes Rhannu Deilliannau Who do we report to? What should we share? How can we go further?
  11. 11. Impact? Effaith? <ul><li>What was the impact of PLC activities on pupil learning? </li></ul><ul><li>How do the group members feel about the impact of the PLC on their own professional development? </li></ul><ul><li>How has the PLC impacted on practices and policies? </li></ul>