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.
Montour Elementary School Process:
PLC Time - Teachers meet in content-specific PLC every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:00PM.
Standards Based Instruction - Teachers use a common language to guide instruction. Standards define what matters, provide transparency and a fixed reference point for teachers.
Weekly Common Formative Assessments - Teachers use common formative assessments to inform instruction and share experiences with their PLC members.
Data Analysis - Teacher regularly share and analyze common data to look for trends, determine what is working and what is not, and to plan next steps for instruction.
Instructional Design - Teachers work together to build quality lessons that support student learning, building on the individual strengths of the team members.
Interventions - Teachers share intervention strategies, providing students with additional supports needed and alternate ways to show competency.