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What are PLCs and why are they important?

December 26, 2012
By Kim Swartz , Times-Republican

The term Professional Learning Community (PLC) has become commonplace in the field of education. Educators use this term to describe multiple combinations of individuals with an interest in education. Grade-level team meetings, groups meeting to read a common book, weekly data meetings, even a high school department meeting have been called PLCs. While these groups all have a place, they are not what is meant by a PLC. More accurately described, PLCs are a group of educators in collaborative teams that are committed to increasing student achievement. There are three big ideas that represent the core principals of a PLC: focus on learning rather than teaching, work collaboratively, and hold yourself accountable for results.



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