PLC's, when done well, allow teachers to collaboratively untangle some of the complexities associated with student learning occurring within their classrooms. This approach allows educators to proactively resolve their own dilemmas, rather than wait for others to mandate solutions that may or may not be effective or appropriate. In short, a PLC is a group of educators, collaboratively engaged in contextually specific learning by raising questions that are relevant to their local context; all while working together to answer those questions. (Dana & Hoppey, 2016)
There's a certain power a proficient PLC produces. Participants involved in an effective PLC tend to develop a deeper understanding:
* responsibility and accountability
* others' limitations and expertise
* respect and diversity
* difficulty in change
* recognizing and celebrating others' successes
* embracing collaborative solutions
* cultivation is achieved differently for each individual
PLC's are not staff meetings. Professional Learning Communities allow for other's views, experiences, input, willingness to be present, strengths and levels of trust. They foster connections. Connections create communities, and communities strengthen!
Effective PLC's help form healthy interactions, build trust, strengthen communication, generate questions, answer questions and help develop an ability to exceed comfort zones. Also, healthy PLC's encourage a demonstrative practice of "doing the work" between sessions. Success lies within the work.
If you're an Owner or Administrator and past attempts to address what seems to be resolvable challenges haven't worked. Consider a PLC approach in producing a more beneficial outcome.