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Collaborating in PLCs

Professional Learning Communities are commonplace in the educational world, but what are they really and how do they benefit the development of our students? Explore these resources below to learn more about how you can utilize collaborative time to improve your school.
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Collaborating in PLCs
  • Meghann Urewicz says:
    This slideshow can be used to familiarize yourself more with PLC's or to share with your staff/coworkers. It covers what a PLC is, what types there are, and what some desired outcomes might be. It could be a great place to start if you are trying to introduce the idea to your school community.
  • educationworld.com

    Best Practices for Professional Learning Communities

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    Meghann Urewicz says:
    PLC's are all about creating a collaborative environment that is aimed towards increasing student growth. On this website, they outline all the best practices that could be used to make your PLC more effective. One of my main takeaways was that a professional learning community needs to be ongoing and not a one time or disconnected professional development day.
  • aasa.org

    5 Ways To Build A Culture Of Collaboration With Staff, Teachers And Parents

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    Meghann Urewicz says:
    Collaboration can be a tricky thing. Let's face it, teachers can be a very strong-willed and passionate group of people. It is important to establish group norms and ensure that outcome expectations are clear for everyone. This article gives some great thoughts on how to build this collaborative culture so that PCL's can be truly effective.
  • Meghann Urewicz says:
    This video about Professional Learning Communities provides insight into what they really look like and how they function within a school. It follows teachers from Adams Elementary School as they meet and discuss for the benefit of student growth.
  • Meghann Urewicz says:
    This website covers all the when, where, why, and how's of Professional Learning Communities. It addresses issues such as determining staff readiness, identifying barriers, and creating supportive conditions. It also includes sample protocols and examples of what PLC's look like in other schools. Very useful resource!
  • ascd.org

    What Is a Professional Learning Community?

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    Meghann Urewicz says:
    As an educator, collaboration is probably part of your everyday life. Discussing students, analyzing data, and familiarizing yourself and your team with new standards and mandates are crucial components of your job. But does your daily collaboration technically qualify as a PLC? Read this article to become more familiar with what a Professional Learning Community really entails.
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Christi PianoEarly Childhood Education Non-DepartmentalFebruary 23, 2017
When I was first involved in a PLC group, we were not given clear guidelines for what should be discussed during these meetings, any meeting norms, or expectations. Because of this, my first experience with them was quite negative, and I felt like I was required to listen to teachers complaining without solutions. Over the years, and with plenty of training, I now enjoy my PLC time, and look forward to it weekly. It is a time of collaboration, celebration, and brainstorming solutions to situations that arise in the developmental preschool classroom. The time is valuable and well-spent now that we have clear guidelines, expectations, and even shared beliefs about students and education.
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