You’ve built the foundation for a professional learning community (PLC), but how do you successfully bring the vision and the words to life? In The School Leader's Guide to Professional Learning Communities at Work , Richard and Rebecca Dufour emphasize the role of principals in helping staff move from working in isolation to working as members of high-performing collaborative teams.   Principals must organize people into meaningful teams, provide teams with time to collaborate, and ensure the campus layout supports ongoing collaboration and shared responsibility for student learning. 

As collaborative PLC teams launch, principals should stress the importance of revolving the work of the teams around four critical questions:

  • What is it we want our students to learn?
  • How will we know if they are learning?
  • How will we respond when individual students do not learn?
  • How will we enrich and extend the learning for students who are proficient?

Are there any questions that you would add to this list?

The School Leader's Guide to Professional Learning Communities at Work ™, published by NAESP and Solution Tree, is available from NAESP.