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    What is a PLC (Professional Learning Community)?


    "An ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. Professional learning communities operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators." - definition from Learning by Doing, Second Edition. However, due to the growing popularity of the term professional learning community, it has been used so ambiguously to describe virtually any groups of educators who share a common interest that the process is in danger of losing its meaning and effectiveness.

     

    The History of PLCs in Volusia 


    During the past ten years, many schools have investigated and implemented PLCs to varying degrees of fidelity and success. Learning Forward, the national organization for professional development, and the Florida Department of Education Professional Development System Evaluation recognizes the significance of PLCs on educator professional learning and student achievement. In 2012-2013, VCS initiated a review of PLCs in its schools for the purpose of ensuring implementation fidelity.

    Timeline

     

    2012-2013 

       Leadership Survey of PLC Status
       Focus Group
       Establish Expectations for 2013-2014
       Promote Connection between SIP, VSET, VSEL, DPP and PLC
       Establish Partnership with Brevard Model Schools
       Provide Scheduling Resources to Schools
       Begin PLC PD Process
       Baseline Survey of Teachers

    2013-2014 

      DOE PD on School Improvement Process
      DOE and VCS PD on Data Analysis
      PD on Role of PLC in SIP
      Data Chats with Schools
      Continue PLC PD Process
      School Leadership Team Visits to Brevard Model Schools
      Leadership Survey of PLC Status
      Year 2 Survey of Teachers

    2014-2015 

      Continuation of 2013-2014 Actions

    PLC Web Resources

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    Volusia Schools in Action

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