Professional Learning Community
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."Henry ford
Las Plumas High School is utilizing the strategies imbedded in the PLC concept. These strategies focus on all members of the school working to continuously improve student learning. Our “Professional Learning Community” is composed of collaborative teams whose members work interdependently to achieve building goals for the specific purpose of improving student achievement. The teams share a common understanding that learning is the central purpose of school and their work is organized around three critical questions:
- What is it we want all students to learn?
- How will we know when they have learned it?
- What will we do when some students learn it and others do not? (DuFour, 2000-01)
6 Essential Characteristics of a PLC
1. Shared mission, vision, values, goals
2. Collaborative teams focused on learning
“Collaboration is a systematic process in which we work together, interdependently, to analyze and impact professional practice in order to improve our individual and collective results.” —adapted from Learning by Doing
3. Collective inquiry
4. Action orientation and experimentation
5. Commitment to Continuous improvement
6. Results orientation
The success of the PLC concept depends not on the merits of the concept itself, but on the most important element in the improvement of any school—the commitment and persistence of the educators within it. —Richard DuFour