PLC (Professional Learning Community)

Six Essential Elements of PLC

1. FOCUS ON LEARNING: Student achievement is the fundamental purpose of the school
2. COLLABORATION: Interdependent teams working to achieve a common goal
3. DATA DRIVEN: Data analysis of measurable improvement goals (team, school, division)
4. CURRENT & DESIRED REALITIES: Where are students now/where do they need to be
5. ACTION RESEARCH: Implementing best practices for instruction and assessment
6. COMMITMENT TO ONGOING IMPROVEMENT: Constant search for better ways to achieve goals and accomplish purposes

Four Essential Questions of PLC

1. What do we want students to know and be able to do?
2. How will we know when they know it and can do it?
3. What will we respond when some students do not learn?
4. How do we advance the learning for all students?

Stages of the PLC Loop


  • Prioritize essential content & skills, and identify content and skills for enrichment
  • Create Assessments (pre & post, formative & summative/un-graded & graded)


  • Analyze data from pre-assessment (e.g. Know/Want to Know/Learned charts)
  • Identify best practices to target areas identified from pre-assessment
  • Design pacing/unit guides and daily lessons


  • Implement unit plans and lessons
  • Analyze post-assessment
  • Determine intervention and/or enrichment plans


  • Reflect on commitments
  • Modify as needed as team moves to next unit
* Adapted from Learning by Doing (2010) by DuFour, DuFour, Eaker and Many. Bloomington, Indiana: Solution Tree Press, 2nd edition.