Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
One of the unique features of Northfield Public Schools’ educational approach is our commitment to helping our teachers collaborate and develop as professionals through our Professional Learning Communities (PLC). We’re convinced that implementing this model has had a significant and positive impact on the continued refinement of our curriculum and approach to teaching and learning.
How Professional learning communities (plc) Work
All staff members meet in teams every Wednesday for the first hour of the school day. PLCs are comprised of teams of teachers who share the same content area and/or students. The teams work together to analyze student data, identify students’ needs, identify and implement best practice strategies, evaluate the impact their teaching has on student learning, and make changes in practice to meet the needs of all students.
The four critical questions teams examine are:
- What knowledge and skills do we expect our students to learn?
- How will we know our students have learned the expected outcomes?
- How will we respond when our students have difficulty learning expected outcomes or have already learned the expected outcomes?
- How can we use the evidence of student learning to inform and improve our practice?
PLCs complete Evidence of Practice reports at the end of each semester. These reports, which include the goals for each PLC, a discussion of the results and a reflection on the goals, are reviewed by Northfield Forward and are available for the public to review as well.