Community (PLC) Planning Committee Agenda
Professional Learning Communities emerged as a tool for both teachers and
administrators to review student-based data and to form policymaking decisions
based on a consensus approach that can improve student academic success. The
concept involves grouping teachers/administrators by their grade level in K-6
of subject specific specializations for middle schools and high schools. Teams
of teachers meet on a weekly basis to discuss current teaching/learning needs,
review data, examine their focus students, and determine the appropriate
pedagogy/programming for enhancing the student’s academic achievement.
It's October in your first year as a school administrator in a K-12 environment
or in higher education. Assume that you have not yet led a Professional Learning
Community (PLC) planning committee meeting at your school or school district.
The assignment involves creating an agenda for the PLC meeting in order to form
a foundation about the essential components and the practical applications that
impact teaching and learning environments and a supporting one page
infographic. Include the items you think should be covered in a one-hour
meeting. You can use your current school or school district as the location for
your committee meeting or include a future site.
Step 1: Conduct research on Professional Learning Communities
As you conduct your research, consider the following: Examine four or more
scholarly peer-reviewed articles on Professional Learning Communities.
Determine the essential elements for a PLC. Also, examine the background and
rationales for forming PLCs. Consider information on the purpose, rationale,
and applications for using PLCs in connection towards improving teaching and
Step 2: Create a one page agenda for the PLC Meeting using MS Word.
Include the following content in your PLC Meeting Agenda:
- Five main topics about the PLCs
- Two sub-topics about the PLCs
- Provide a two sentence or longer description of each
topic and sub-topic
In addition, form at least a one
page supporting document, including an infographic that presents an overview of
the purpose, usage, and application of PLCs as background material for your
educators. Use the four reliable peer-reviewed articles from Step 1 in the
creation of your supporting document using proper APA formatting. Go beyond
just listing bullet points. Be creative in your design and layout of the
handout. Create a final product that provides an inspirational and
visually-enticing document to inspire the usage of PLCs.
Here are some Web 2.0 tools that you may wish to use for an Infographic:
Be sure to
APA cite your images in your document.