Welcome to the Akron Public Schools PLC/CPT page!
Whether you participate in a PLC or CPT, this site is here to support you.
What is a Professional Learning Community (PLC)?
"Educators committed to working collaboratively in ongoing processes 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." – Learning by Doing (2006)
The very essence of a learning community is a focus on and a commitment to the learning of each student. A PLC is composed of collaborative teams whose members work interdependently to achieve common goals linked to the purpose of learning for all.
Why weekly PLCs and the 5 Step Process? Click to watch the winter SIP videos.
- School Administrator: Culture of Collaboration, January 2012, Vol. 69, No. 1
- Richard DuFour on professional learning communities
- Moving Up From Mediocre (by Nick Myers and Ed Rafferty)
In Schaumburg, Ill., professional learning communities are sparking a turnaround in student learning by providing a framework for staff to learn together and collaborate on supporting all students. The authors are the district’s top two leaders.
- Administrative Synergy (by Kimberly Kappler Hewitt and Daniel K. Weckstein)
A suburban school district in Dayton, Ohio, relies on “critical friends” as a valuable, collaborative, problem-solving protocol that is part of a professional learning community for administrators. The administrative team consists of four district leaders and all four building principals.
- Gauging Effectiveness (by Kathleen A. Foord and Jean M. Haar)
How can you know whether a professional learning community is moving toward a desired outcome? The authors, based in Mankato, Minn., used two strategies – the alignment of goals and systemic coaching of staff – in their work with schools in 16 districts.