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Professional learning communities


Professional learning communities (PLCs) are small groups of educators that meet regularly at a school site to discuss student learning, analyze data, and collaborate for improvement. They are popular and widespread at many schools across the country. PLCs are on a spectrum, with some being more effective and collaborative than others. At their best, PLCs empower educators to grow in their own practices, build trust and collaboration, and contribute to effective teaching and learning; they are not typically about teachers’ autonomy to make decisions about their schools.

About the Glossary

This glossary is a collection of terms related to teacher-powered schools — namely, terms around teachers, leadership, governance, collaboration, and teams.