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Professional Learning Communities 


Professional learning communities are defined as "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.


 Professional learning communities should be considered as a commitment to Continuous Improvement by the Dunlap School District. The very essence of a learning community is a focus on and a commitment to the learning of each student.



The purpose of the PLC is to answer four essential questions:


• What is it we want students to be able to know/do?

• How will we know if students have learned?

• How will we respond to students that may struggle with their learning?

• How will we respond for students that demonstrate proficiency?


Learn more about Dunlap's PLC model including articles and web sites that explain the PLC model. 


View an actual Dunalp PLC meeting below!


Professional Learning Community teams use the 7 step Plan, Do, Study, Act cycle to drive improvements.  View the model below or download a copy of the PDSA cycle as a PDF.



View a video clip that shows a PLC team summarizing the Plan Do Study Act cycle of continuous improvement!


PLC's and the Plan Do Study Act Cycle from Matt Jensen on Vimeo.