Professional Learning Community Defined
Dr. Rick DuFour defines a professional learning community (PLC) as “a group of people working interdependently toward the same goal.” Interdependence is an essential element because it:
The process is intended to harness the collective energies, talents, and expertise of teaching professionals.
A key aspect of the PLC approach involves providing time – embedded into the school schedule – to address the four essential questions of student learning:
The cycle below reflects the ongoing work of a PLC team, ideally resulting in improved student achievement.