PLC Lite or PLC Right?

You’ve identified select pain points, you’ve organized collaborative teacher teams, and you’ve made attempts at adjusting scheduling to improve meetings—but you still aren’t seeing the learning outcomes you expected. Perhaps you’re not fully implementing solutions for the four critical questions of a professional learning community (PLC).

  • What do we want all students to know and be able to do?
  • How will we know if they learn it?
  • How will we respond when some students do not learn?
  • How will we extend the learning for students who are already proficient?

Tom Many, EdD, and Brian Butler from from the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association* may have the answer: “Moving schools from PLC Lite (dipping their toe into the water) to PLC Right (diving headfirst into the pool) requires a cultural shift.”

Creating a positive culture shift does not happen overnight, but is still well within your grasp—if you're willing to dive headfirst into that pool and adopt the full power of the PLC at Work® process.

“PLCs are grounded in research and supported by evidence, but for some reason, we see some leaders rename or redefine PLC elements or vocabulary. The thinking is that adapting the PLC process will create more ownership and greater clarity but in fact, just the opposite happens. When the basic tenets and key terminology of the PLC process are mislabeled, misapplied or misaligned, it causes confusion and contributes to PLC Lite.”

With the help of Solution Tree associates and our one-, two-, or multi-day services, you can find your path to moving from PLC lite to PLC right.

What you’ll find

Here are just a few of the services you can take advantage of.

PLC at Work Overview

Gain an understanding of the PLC at Work process, including the three big ideas of a PLC: focus on student learning, focus on collaboration, and focus on results.

Making Teamwork Meaningful

Learn how to explicitly structure the work of collaborative teams to increase efficiency, efficacy, and student achievement.

Establishing a Collaborative Team Culture: Shifting from Me to We

Move your staff from working in isolation to committing to a collective urgency to ensure learning for all.

Creating a Collaborative Culture

Learn the key factors and practices to help create a true collaborative culture in your school or district. Establishing a collaborative culture can significantly impact student achievement and professional practice.


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