In my work as a district effectiveness specialist, I commonly see educators struggling with the structure and the process of the professional learning community (PLC). According to The Glossary of Education Reform, PLCs are groups of educators that meet on a regular basis to share expertise and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.

However, it’s no secret that as PLCs have become prevalent in schools, the definition of a PLC has broadened to the point where educators might not be sure if their PLC is really focused on teacher learning--and by extension, student learning.

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  • About the Author:

    Dr. Debra A. White is the district effectiveness specialist with the Georgia Department of Education.