Professional Learning Communities

All of the schools in the district utlilize the Professional Learning Community (PLC) model, a staff development process rooted in research and best practice. All staff members meet in collaborative teams every Wednesday during the first hour of the school day. During this period, students are not on campus (unless they choose to go to KidVentures child care at each elementary site). For more information about your child’s Wednesday schedule, please contact his or her school.

PLCs are comprised of teams of teachers who share the same content and/or students and, on a weekly basis: work collaboratively to analyze student data; promptly identify student needs; identify and implement best practice strategies; evaluate the impact their teaching has on student learning; and make changes in their practice to better meet the needs of all students. They do this by answering the critical questions of learning:

  1. What knowledge and skills do we expect our students to learn?
  2. How will we know our students have learned expected outcomes?
  3. How will we respond, individually and collectively, when our students have difficulty learning expected outcomes?
  4. How will we respond, individually and collectively, when our students have already learned expected outcomes?
  5. How can we use the evidence of student learning to inform and improve our practice?

More Information About PLCs

District PLC Documents

Evidence of Practice in Action Reports

Northfield Public Schools is committed to continuous learning and improvement. The implementation of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) model demonstrates this commitment. We believe that the work completed by PLC teams has had a positive impact on both student and staff learning and will continue to do so as PLC strategies are implemented.

All PLC teams have created goals focused on improving the learning of the students in our district. The results of these goals help us to assess the progress made by PLC teams and adjust the process accordingly to ensure continued improvement. In the following documents, PLC teams have briefly described key instructional practices they have implemented, evidence of the impact of these practices, and an explanation of their next steps.

January 2017

June 2016

PLC Information

PLC Team Process

The following documents guide the work of PLC teams:

Communication from the District

Below is a list of several communication strategies that provide information about PLCs and insight into how the PLC process is impacting students:

  • PLC Team Presentations for the Northfield Board of Education through the school year.
  • Evidence of Practice in Action Reports – Completed twice a year, these are shared at the building, district and community level.
  • The Teaching and Learning website

Staff Resources for PLCs

  • “Learning by Doing,” Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, Thomas Many
  • “Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work,” Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker
  • “Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Whatever It Takes,” Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, Gayle Karhanek
  • “Pyramid Response to Intervention,” Austin Buffum, Mike Mattos, Chris Weber
  • District PLC Resource Guide Shared Folder

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