Professional Learning Communities

Northeast Elementary
Professional Learning Community

Professional Learning Community (PLC)

What is PLC?

PLC is an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve.  PLCs operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators.  DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., and Many, T. (2006).  Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work, pp. 2-4.  

PLCs are structured with the following "big ideas":
  • Ensuring that students learn
  • A culture of collaboration
  • A focus on results
Commitment to Continuous Improvement

As members of a PLC, we realize that all of our efforts in these areas must be assessed on the basis of results, rather than intentions.  We commit to engage in systemic processes where each member of the organization participates in an ongoing cycle of:
  • Gathering evidence of current levels of student learning.
  • Developing strategies and ideas to build on strengths and address weaknesses in that learning.
  • Implementing those strategies and ideas.
  • Analyzing the impact of the changes to discover what was effective and what was not.
  • Applying new knowledge in the next cycle of continuous improvement.
This has been exciting work for our staff and powerful to see the results both evidenced in our students through building level assessments as well as state assessments.  It is our mission to ensure ALL of our students acquire the knowledge and skills essential to achieving their full potential and becoming productive citizens.  How we function as a PLC allows us to tailor instruction and better meet the needs of all Northeast students.