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Best Practices for Professional Learning Communities

As part of its instructional framework planning process, a Hanover Research member district is revisiting and revising their Professional Learning Community (PLC) practices in the district. District leaders are already examining various literature around PLC strategies, but they would like more resources to support the implementation of their PLC work in the future. The district has specific needs around implementing their next PLC framework which can benefit from a best practices research review. Specifically, district leaders would like to understand the research and best practices around scaling PLC work for a larger district, the cultural change required to shift into a more formal PLC meeting structure, and how to make data-driven decisions through the PLC framework. To support this goal, the district has partnered with Hanover to create this report which provides a review of academic literature as well as district best practices on PLCs.
 
This report is comprised of two sections:

  • Section I: Building a Successful PLC Framework overviews best practices for creating district conditions and frameworks to support effective PLCs. This includes practices for directing the mission of PLC work, fostering teacher leadership and collaboration, and supporting data usage throughout the district.
  • Section II: Scaling PLC Implementation Across the District overviews best practices for implementing cohesive PLC strategies across the district. This includes designing PLCs and defining roles, and how to scale these efforts district-wide.

Key Findings

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Recommendations

Create a Guiding Coalition, comprised of representatives across the district, to lead climate and culture changes in the district and to build the PLC framework and expectations

Empower teacher leaders at schools to lead PLC practice and to increase collaboration and encourage teacher buy-in

Establish protocols for monitoring and evaluating PLC implementation fidelity and effectiveness

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