Professional learning community (PLC)
An ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. Professional learning communities operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators.
- What do we expect our students to learn? (Standards-based objectives)
- How will we know when each student has learned it? (Assessment)
- How will we respond when some students do not learn it? (Intervention)
- How will we respond when some already know it? (Enrichment)
Healthy PLCs also rely heavily on using data to inform our practice. As the Director of Assessment & Accountability, Julie Forbes is responsible for supplying meaningful and digestible data for administrators and teachers. Gathering data and explaining how to interpret it to inform instruction is a cornerstone of professional learning community conversations. In this changing landscape of new standards, new state measures, and evolving local assessments, it is also essential to keep parents, community, and staff accurately informed so we can all help our students reach mastery and beyond.