Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities

plc wordle smallBegun in 2011-2012, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are groupings of teachers who wish to explore particular educational practices more deeply and how they impact student learning. PLC's are focused PD initiatives that are typically organized at the school level. PLC's will focus on improving student learning. Teachers participating in a PLC will examine and review current practices, consider how things could be done differently, and then implement/test out some changes. Any improvements made will be recorded, analyzed, reviewed.

As a major GVSD goal for 2014-2015, Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) will focus on Student Learning. Modifications have been made to the 2014-2015 school year calendar to better accommodate PLC meeting times in all schools. All schools have established Learning Teams with official meeting times scheduled on the school calendar. Teams have identified learning goals, and have been working to establish essential learning understandings and common assessments. Teams have also been collecting and analyzing student data to adjust instruction.

PLC Application Process

1.  Applications must be a collaboration among a group of two or more teachers.  One person in the group will be the lead teacher or contact person.  The PD committee will communicate with the contact person, who will be expected to communicate to the rest of the group.

2.  The contact person will distribute a copy of the application form to participants at each school. (if necessary)

3.  Share the application with your administrator.  An administrator’s signature of consent is required before forwarding the application to the PD committee.  Each teacher in a different location will need their administrator’s signature for the application to be complete.

4.  Once the application is complete, along with signatures, forward your application to the PD committee through the PD representative for your school.   The deadline to apply is the second Tuesday in November.

5.  If your application has been approved, the lead teacher will be notified by the PD rep at their school.  It is their responsibility to notify the rest of the applicants in their PLC.

6.  After the application deadline, descriptions of all PLC’s will be sent to all PD school reps and administrators.  They will be posted at your school as well as on the GVSD website.  People will have a chance, if they wish, to join the PLC of their choice by the second Tuesday in December.  The process to join the PLC will be posted along with all of the descriptions.  After the deadline to join, a list will be created of all PLC’s and participants.  The list will be sent to administrators and PD reps.

7.  An evaluation of the PLC will be due on the second Tuesday in May, reporting on the work of the PLC.

Download the PLC Application Form:   PLC_APPLICATION_FOR_2010_2011.doc