PLC Definition

What is a PLC?
A Professional Learning Community is an ethos that infuses every single aspect of a school's operation. When a school becomes a professional learning community, everything in the school looks different than it did before.
-Andy Hargreaves (2004)

Characteristics of a Learning Community
  • Shared mission, vision, values, goals
  • Collaborative teams focused on learning
  • Collective inquiry into best practice and current reality
  • Action orientation and experimentation
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Results orientation
DuFour & DuFour (Professional Learning Communities at Work: Bringing the Big Ideas to Life, 2008, page 5)

Professional Learning Community Defined
Educators are committed to working collaboratively in ongoing processes of collective inquiry and action research in order to achieve better results for the students they serve.
-DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, & Many (2008)

If the purpose of a school is truly to ensure high levels of learning for all students, schools will:
  • Clarify what each student is expected to learn.
  • Monitor each student's learning on a timely basis.
  • Create systems to ensure students receive additional time and support if they are not learning.
  • Create systems to ensure students receive additional time and support if they are learning.
DuFour & DuFour (Professional Learning Communities at Work: Bringing the Big Ideas to Life, 2008)

A new link to PLC information: http://www.wcpss.net/evaluation-research/reports/2006/0605plc_lit_review.pdf