Professional Learning Community
A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.
Professional learning communities tend serve to two broad purposes: (1) improving the skills and knowledge of educators through collaborative study, expertise exchange, and professional dialogue, and (2) improving the educational aspirations, achievement, and attainment of students through stronger leadership and teaching.
While the specific activities and goals of a professional learning community may vary widely from school to school, the following are a few examples of common activities that may take place in meetings:
- Discussing teacher work:Participants collectively review lesson plans or assessments that have been used in a class, and then offer critical feedback and recommendations for improvement.
- Discussing student work: Participants look at examples of student workturned in for a class, and then offer recommendations on how lessons or teaching approaches may be modified to improve the quality of student work.
- Discussing student data: Participants analyze student-performance data from a class to identify trends—such as which students are consistently failing or underperforming—and collaboratively develop proactive teaching and supportstrategies to help students who may be struggling academically.