Professional Learning Communities

My early experience with “PLCs” involved being required to sign up for one of several different groups that were offered.  Groups such as technology and positive based discipline were examples.  I now know these groups were not professional learning communities but instead were just groups.  Of course, I chose the technology group. We met once a month and primarily talked about the latest and greatest apps (Teachers had just received iPads to use.)  We also spent a great deal of our time complaining about student behavior and the additional work load we were being assigned.  I have learned a great deal about what an effect PLC looks like.  I am not an official member of a PLC in the schools I serve and that’s acceptable at this time  since  I have the added responsibilities of still learning my new position and attending grad school. I do hope to become actively involved in an effective PLC either at the district or school level within the next year or so.  When this happen, I will be able to bring the knowledge of how an effective PLC should function and what the focus should be…student learning. I created an infographic (my first!)  synthesizing my understanding of the white paper on PLCs.  PLC infographic

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