Professional Learning Groups

Groups of instructors collaborate at the school level in professional learning communities (PLCs), a strategy for enhancing educational institutions.PLC schools are built on the fundamental tenet that collaborative teaching improves student learning. Schools can boost student learning by establishing a PLC by cultivating a culture that is:

  • focused on continual improvement by connecting kids’ learning needs with instructors’ professional development and practise
  • devoted to excellence
  • collaborative expertise-driven.

10 concepts that combine the best available research on school development may be found in all successful PLCs:

  • Focus on student learning: The foundation for school reform is a relentless focus on student learning.
  • Collective accountability: Each adult must be accountable for the education of each child in order for them to succeed.
  • Effective school administrators put a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.
  • Collective efficacy: Teachers collaborate more effectively while choosing their lessons.
  • Teachers learn best on the job and in a group setting.
  • Privilege time: Good schools give teachers time and places to talk on how students are learning.
  • Continuous improvement: Effective teams develop through repeated cycles of identifying the educational requirements of students, and then planning, carrying out, and assessing the instructional strategies that address those needs.
  • Evidence-based and data-driven professional learning and practise are driven by evidence.
  • Systemic perspective: The best school administrators help other schools succeed.
  • Integrated regional support: Teams of professionals who are familiar with the communities they work in provide assistance to schools in strengthening their systems.