Educators often have trouble properly implementing Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) because they simply don’t know how the process is supposed to work. By cutting through the fluff and generalities, this book provides a clear road map that takes school leaders step-by-step through the entire PLC process. Each chapter addresses a foundational component or protocol necessary for building successful team-based learning communities, using real life examples to help teachers and leaders understand how to integrate this process and avoid common pitfalls that inhibit implementation. Whether you’re just starting the PLC process or you’re looking to get more out of your PLCs, this book will lead you to continued student and teacher growth, regardless of current achievement levels, socioeconomic status, or impending curricular changes.
Table of Contents
Meet the Author
Chapter 1: What page are you on?
Common Terms with Uncommon Meanings
Chapter 2: Getting Started
Chapter 3: Understanding the Process part 1
Learning Targets and Alignment
Common Lesson Plans
Chapter 4: Understanding the Process part 2
Planning Common Assessments
Making Common Assessments
Length of Assessments
Standards per Assessment
Vetting Common Assessments
Common Reassessments (Quizzes vs. Tests)
Raising the Bar
Chapter 5: Understanding the Process part 3
Using the Data
Using Common Assessment Data
Four Letter Words
Make Time to Target Student Needs
Scheduling for Students with Special Needs
How Does Grading Work?
What Students are Reassessed?
How are Students Reassessed?
Minimum Grading Policy
Chapter 6: Guiding the Conversation
The First Meeting
The Second Meeting
The Third Meeting
Chapter 7: Avoiding Common Pitfalls
Focus on Core Instruction
Beware the Land of Nice
Too much Too Soon
All or Nothing VS Something is Better Than Nothing
Chapter 8: putting it all Together
Mapping out the Process, Foundations, and Protocols
Understanding the Process
Plan your Protocols
Dr. Sean McWherter is Executive Director of Support Services for Asheboro City Schools, North Carolina, USA.
Analyzing common assessment results through the data-driven decision making process in order to adjust instruction and improve student learning is the essential purpose of a true PLC. The value of McWherter’s book is in its practical, how-to approach that all administrators and teachers can follow to ensure that their PLCs are functioning at maximum potential: laying the proper foundation first, following established protocols, and avoiding the pitfalls that block effective collaboration.
- Larry Ainsworth, author of Common Formative Assessments 2.0: How Teacher Teams Intentionally Align Standards, Instruction, and Assessment
"A Road Map to PLC Success is a great tool for educational leaders and administrators. It breaks down the steps in creating or revamping the Professional Learning Community (PLC) in the school setting. PLCs have been around and well-established for over a decade, yet most are not meeting their full potential. This book helps leaders understand the process of creating a successful PLC. It offers real-life examples and is easily readable. I’d highly recommend for anyone wanting to start the PLC process or revive their current PLC."
- Amy Ramsdell, Ed.D., Assistant Principal, Ozark High School, MO