You down with PLC? Yeah, you know ME!

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved,conversation and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.”
― Dave Barry

All kidding aside, educators have a love/hate relationship with meetings. We cry out for more time to collaborate, but whine and moan that we don’t have enough time to “get something done.”  We don’t like to waste time at a meeting talking, but if the meeting ends early, we sit and chat.  Many instructional coaches are charged with facilitating a particular type of meeting the Professional Learning Community (PLC).

There are many resources available on the topic of PLS’s. Many of those resources provide formats, templates, protocols, and the like.  I like to keep it simple.  Most PLC’s that I plan consist of:

  1. Working agreements (A short review of how we will work together)
  2. Share a Success (This helps to set a positive tone)
  3. Learn together (The major focus of the PLC: Framed around student work or data, if possible)
  4. Next Steps (What will we take back to our classroom and bring back to the next PLC?)

Of course, it’s not quite that simple, but that is the basic framework.  Occasionally, the plan is flexed, either by administrative directive or time sensitive need. For the most part, a strong, well-planned agenda will lead to stronger, more productive PLC’s for you and the teachers you serve.

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” ~ Paul J. Meyer


One thought on “You down with PLC? Yeah, you know ME!

  1. Eric, so funny and so true! The more conferences, seminars, etc I attend, the more the focus has shifted to intentional planning. It’s more critical in student achievement than most teachers know. Nothing great “just happens” repeatedly on its own. It’s planned for, even if the plan doesn’t happen perfectly just then. Eventually it will. Strategic, engaging and collaborative planning will win the day. The wording of the format of your meetings is laid out well. It’s the format we use at our school, but deadlines, rushing and venting can easily steal away the good intention and focus.

    Great post! I’m excited to be a part of this coaching wave that’s flooding our classrooms and schools…



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