A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY IS . . .
  • an effective staff development team approach and a powerful strategy for school change and possible improvement.

  • a group of people who share common emotions, values and beliefs, are actively engaged in learning together from each other.



3 BIG IDEAS OF A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY
  1. To ensure that students learn
  2. A culture of collaboration
  3. A focus on results

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-ErgtGzkhs

EXAMPLES

Belmont Elementary School: Fourth Grade PLC--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T8ceCScAFw&feature=related

PLC Video Clip--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrPI-q6w72Y&feature=related

Adelphia School: PLC Meeting 2010-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pksFf9oLQfg&feature=related


RESOURCES

ALL THINGS PLC
http://www.allthingsplc.info/about/aboutPLC.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_learning_community

For more information, read the article "What Is a Professional Learning Community?" by Richard DuFour

Some online professional learning communities for teachers:

Diigo for educators
A list of online teacher networks