Four Essentials for Effective PLCs


Schools that are looking to set up or improve their Professional Learning Communities, or PLCs, often face a number of challenges. In creating effective PLCs, administrators and teachers learned these four essential lessons:

1. Build an atmosphere of collaboration and trust
2. Create opportunities to succeed
3. Define leadership roles and expectations
4. Start small and be relentlessly persistent

Fostering and nurturing relationships, communicating openly, being transparent, and really developing an organizational identity—when you focus on those three elements, at the core of them is trust. As conversations focus on learning and not on blaming, the culture of collaboration develops. The essential function of a professional learning community is conversation around student learning.

To learn more about this topic, watch the following PD 360 video segment (Overcoming Challenges). Use your PD 360 log in and password to access the segment. If you do not have a log in, you can follow the same link for access.

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