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PLC Overview

Professional Learning Communities

An Overview


To create a professional learning community, focus on learning rather than teaching, work collaboratively, and hold yourself accountable for results.

-Rick DuFour, 2004


Fundamental Assumptions

1.  We can make a difference:  Our schools can be more effective.

2.  Improving our knowledge is the key to improving our schools.

3.  Significant school improvement will impact teaching and learning.

The ONE Thing in a Professional Learning Community, “learning” rather than “teaching” is the fundamental purpose of your school.


Three Big Ideas

1.  Focus on Learning

2.  Collaboration

3.  Focus on Results


“... A Professional Learning Community is a collaboration of teachers, administrators, parents, and students, who work together to seek out best practices, test them in the classroom, continuously improve processes, and focus on results.”

-Rick DuFour, 2002-