• PLCs

Leading an Effective PLC

How Do You…

  • Keep PLC meetings focused on impacting students and implementation?
  • Help teachers chunk their PD without losing valuable classroom time?
  • Automatically document PLC meetings, eliminating hours of paperwork?

Your School’s PLCs Have a Major Impact

A Professional Learning Community, or PLC, is a focused group that meets regularly to examine instructional practice and improve student outcomes.

A well run PLC can benefit an entire school, helping teachers to grow and students to become more successful learners.

We recently surveyed thousands of educators from 60 different schools to find out:

  • How PLCs impact student achievement
  • Which PLC activities boost teacher morale

The results were pretty interesting! Download the report to see how you can maximize the power of PLCs at your school.

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Why Start a PLC?

To meet the needs of every student, teachers and leadership must consistently engage in meaningful conversations that move instruction to the next level. A high-performing PLC makes that a part of school culture, bringing everyone together in the name of increased student achievement.

It’s great for planning the use of student-centered instructional strategies that align with standards, but it also tackles other challenges that might be overwhelming for one teacher—or even team—to handle alone.

PLC members work to:

  • Improve the use of a common language and shared goals
  • Help students succeed with performance scales and assessments
  • Fairly track student progress and review student work
  • Provide appropriate interventions and enrichment support
  • Conduct instructional rounds to observe others teaching
  • Improve inter-rater reliability among teachers and leadership

Who Does What?

PLC members fill key roles, such as timekeeper, resource manager, recorder, process observer, and summarizer, but before any of that can happen, there must be a facilitator to lead the group in assigning roles and creating norms.

Team norms are the general standards of behavior that everyone in a PLC agrees to uphold. They include things like:

  • Opening – A quick rundown of the day’s purpose and a review of the norms
  • Team Check-in – Each teacher briefly shares concerns or introduces a topic
  • Supportive Accountability – Share agreed-upon topics from prior meeting
  • Learning – Members review student work, create scales, and plan lessons
  • Action Items – Choose 1 or 2 strategies or techniques to use in class
  • Recap – Discuss what the team has accomplished during the meeting


The LSI Growth Tracker makes running a PLC easier than ever before. It will help you structure the PLC and when each meeting is over, everything is neatly documented, saving you time and paperwork.

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Characteristics of an Effective PLC Leader

Once norms have been established, the facilitator guides the work of the PLC to help
the group stay focused on accomplishing goals. A truly effective PLC leader will:

Listen Carefully

Model positive communication and find common ground

Remain Neutral

Provide a risk-free environment for honest interaction

Address Barriers

Guide an informed evaluation of the team’s effectiveness

Enforce Norms

Refer back to the established team norms when things go astray

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