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Creating PLCs that Work

Professional learning communities are designed for teachers to improve their practice and impact student learning. In this collection, you will learn about the qualities of effective PLCs, and how to start one, beginning with a mission and vision and establishing norms for collaboration. The tutorials featured in this collection come from Capella University's Free PD for Digital Educators program and uses the Sophia platform to deliver learning around this competency.
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Creating PLCs that Work
  • learningforward.org
    learningforward.org

    Norms Put the Golden Rule into Practice for Groups

    9 minute read
    Capella University says:
    This edition of a newsletter created by the National Staff Development Council is devoted to the idea of establishing and using norms in collaborative work. This short document is packed with information, including the steps for norm development, a worksheet for your PLC to use when creating norms, sample norms from a group at the National Staff Development Council, and a list of additional resources.
  • Capella University says:
    Norms are mutually agreed-upon expectations for the ways that group members will work together in a collaborative way, and they are essential for effective PLC work. In this video tutorial, you will learn why norms should be established, consider typical norms that are developed in PLCs to guide collaborative work, and investigate the "best practices" in regard to creating and using norms.
  • Capella University says:
    Do you have a brand-new PLC that needs to articulate its mission? Or does your current PLC need to revisit and revise its mission? Use this online mission statement builder to create mission statements. This site has automated builders for mission statements that are personal, for your family, or for your team.
  • Capella University says:
    One of the very first steps that a PLC does when it is established is to establish a mission and a vision. After these are created, PLC members must ensure that it aligns with the mission, vision, and goals of the school and district. In this video tutorial, you will learn about these two important pieces, and you will see samples of each.
  • Capella University says:
    Some professional learning communities are incredibly effective and efficient, and some are not. So, what differences are there in these two PLCs? The ineffective one is likely missing one of the critical features of PLCs. In this tutorial, you will explore these critical features: a focus on learning, a collaborative culture, and a focus on results.
  • ascd.org
    ascd.org

    What Is a Professional Learning Community?

    8 minute read
    Capella University says:
    Rick DuFour is considered a "guru" of professional learning communities. In this article for Educational Leadership, he discusses three big ideas that are representative of the main principles of professional learning communities. He also mentions the significance of the hard work and commitment that it takes to develop PLCs as part of the culture of a school.