View Workshop: PLC: Building a Professional Learning Community in Your School

Workshop NamePLC: Building a Professional Learning Community in Your School
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Workshop Short DescThe professional learning community model is a grand design and a powerful new way of working together that profoundly affects the practices of schooling. But initiating and sustaining the concept requires hard work. It requires the school staff to focus on learning rather than teaching, work collaboratively on matters related to learning, and hold itself accountable for the kind of results that fuel continual improvement. Here, you will learn the answer "But, where do we start?"
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School Year2018-2019
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Category529 - Professional Development
SubcategoryCulture: Social-Emotional Learning
Provider529 - Professional Development
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Duration6 Hours
LevelSED CODES 1,2,3,4
Total Workshop Days1.0
Credit Hours6.00
Days To Bill1.0
Participants Must Attend All DaysNo
District Always Pays Participant FeeYes
Participant Approval NeededNo
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Workshop Full DescWhat are Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)?

It is interesting to observe the growing popularity of the term professional learning community. In fact, the term has been used to describe every imaginable combination of people with an interest in education! It has been used to describe a grade-level teaching team, a school committee, a high school department, and so on. However, the PLC process is NOT a meeting, nor a program. It can't be purchased or implemented by anyone other than staff. A PLC is an ongoing, never-ending 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.
Here are the elements of the PLC process:

A Focus on Learning
A Collaborative Culture With a Focus on Learning for All
Collective Inquiry Into Best Practice and Current Reality
Action Orientation: Learning by Doing
A Commitment to Continuous Improvement
Results Orientation

Now is the time to move from interest to commitment! We will offer a comprehensive rationale for implementing the PLC process, the research that supports the various elements of the process, common mistakes people make in the implementation, and specific strategies and tools for overcoming those mistakes.

Our work will be driven by the education expert on PLCs, Dr. Richard DuFour and his book, Professional Learning Communities at Work, Learning by Doing.
Workshop AudienceDistrict Superintendents
Building Principals
District Leaders
Workshop PrerequisitesNone
Workshop Objectives1. An understanding of what exactly is a PLC.
2. Creating specific steps to implement the PLC process.
3. Deciding the individual or group responsible for initiating and/or sustaining PLC work.
4.The timeline for each phase of implementation.
5.The criteria to be used in evaluating the PLC process.
Assessment of LearningSchool Leaders will create an Action Plan for correctly implementing and sustaining Professional Learning Communities into their districts.
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Submitted For Approval06/13/2018
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CTLE EligibleYes
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Workshop Id837
Added ByShannon Dodson
BocesCattaraugus-Allegany BOCES
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Entry Date05/07/2018 14:29:00
Last Modified Date06/13/2018 14:23:48

CTLE Activities

  • Pedagogy


    Learning Standards

    • 1 Knowledge Students and Student Learning
    • 2 Knowledge of Content and Instruction
    • 3 Instructional Practice
    • 4 Learning Environment
    • 5 Assessment for Learning
    • 6 Responsibilities Collaboration
    • 7 Professional Growth