Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is 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 (DuFour, 2016).
PLC Function and Responsibilities - In addition to outlining the function and responsibilities of PLCs, this document includes information about membership, tiers supported, meeting frequency, protocols and data-based decision-making tools.
PLC Process Resources
The following protocols and resources are based on the research of DuFour et. al in the book Learning by Doing (2016). While engaging in the four critical questions is expected for all PLCs, the following resources are optional tools. Schools may use their own forms that contain the four key questions.
2023-24: PLC agendas align with Teaching and Learning Sessions and use the protocols of the Unit Unpacking Cycle for academic Tier 1 and 2 collaboration. These protocols answer the four critical PLC questions (DuFour, et al).
PLC Agenda (Google Sheets) - This spreadsheet includes a tab for each unit of the year so that notes can be kept all in one place.
PLC Agenda (Google Doc) - This document guides PLCs through the four questions and keeps notes from one unit on each document.
Notes-At-A-Glance (choose one):
PLC Notes-at-a-Glance (Google Sheets) - This spreadsheet includes a tab for each PLC to share brief notes about their work with colleagues and the Instructional Leadership Team, all in one place.
PLC Notes-at-a-Glance (Google Doc) - This document includes space for three PLCs to share brief notes about their work with colleagues and the Instructional Leadership Team.
MTSS Tiered Instruction Matrix - This resource includes centrally-supported PPS tiered assessment and instructional guidance for literacy, math and behavior.
PLC Self-Assessment Rubric - This document can be used by teams to reflect on their practice.
PLC Observation Rubric - This document can be used by an observer to give the team feedback. The rubric itself is the same as the PLC Self-Assessment Rubric, and there is space provided for feedback.
Team Analysis of Common Assessment (TACA) Worksheet - This can be used while engaging with Question 2.
PLC Implementation Card - This document gives an overview of the process.