RESOURCE: What Do Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) Look Like?
PLC (Professional Learning Community) is a group of educators, stakeholders, community members and administrators who come together to analyze and improve their practices. Usually, such groups meet regularly over a period of time and discuss various things of common interest.
Professional Learning Communities can be at the school, district and national level and the members of the community are determined by its focus. For example-a group of science teachers can work in collaboration to adopt and implement programs in the best ways that help students learn science and develop 21st century skills simultaneously. Or administrators and teachers meet in professional learning community to learn and share best teaching and leading strategies including the use of technology. In PLCs, school heads and decision makers can talk and discuss on the effective ways to handle challenges and overcome problems in their role. The purpose and aim of the PLC and several gatherings may be any:
- Annual Meeting of the community members
- Showcase of member initiatives and best practices around 21st century education
- Face-to-face networking with leaders and educators from across the country
- Refinement of the content, tools, initiatives and future priorities through member collaboration.