This module explores how to effectively implement Professional Learning Communities in schools.
Building the capacity of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) requires administrators, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders to take practical steps to move their teams and teachers forward. PLC's meet regularly and focus only on student learning. A high level of trust is developed and leads to consensus and commitment on the part of all team members. PLC's seek to identify and amplify instructional practices that work.
The working relationships that teachers have with other adults are closely connected to and deeply consequential for the teaching and learning relationships they in turn have with their students.
Schools with strong professional learning communities were four times more likely to be improving academically than schools with weaker professional communities. We can no longer afford to be innocent of the fact that collaboration improves performance.
This Professional Learning Module was created by M. Haigler, C. Hammond, & J. Heyward.