Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved achievement for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The foundation of a Model PLC district is strong collaborative teams of teachers focused on learning and driven by student performance results.
Responding to news of the recognition, Superintendent Amos said, “I am so proud of our staff and their commitment to learning for all. Receiving this award for a second year in a row is due to the dedication and hard work of our staff to continuously improve on their practices.” Amos added, “We will celebrate this great honor, and then we will raise the bar a little higher.”
Districts are recognized based on strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.
Educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”
Recognized model PLC districts are listed on allthingsplc.info where they share implementation strategies, structures, and performance with other educators interested in improving their schools.