It’s no secret that the education world loves its acronyms and abbreviations. One of the latest acronyms to hit the halls has been PLC, short for “Professional Learning Communities.”
So what is a PLC? And how are Liberty educators putting this approach to school improvement into practice? Read on for a quick guide.
A professional learning community – or PLC – involves much more than a staff meeting or group of teachers getting together to discuss a book they’ve read. Instead, it’s an ongoing practice in which educators work collaboratively, reflect on instructional practices and monitor progress to ensure student success.
PLCs enable teachers to continually learn from one another through shared visioning and planning, as well as in-depth critical examination of what does and doesn’t work to enhance student achievement.
PLCs focus on ongoing learning, rather than a one-time professional development session. In addition, PLCs emphasize teacher leadership, which means that PLCs benefit teachers just as much as they do students.
PLCs take different forms and follow different schedules in each of our schools, however; the structure is the same: Every teacher engages with his or her colleagues in the ongoing exploration of three crucial questions that drive their work:
- What do we want each student to learn?
- How will we know when each student has learned it?
- How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?
For more information on PLCs and what they look like in your child(ren)’s school buildings, call or visit the school’s main office.