Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Is this for you?

  • Have you ever wanted to discuss your effectiveness as a teacher with a supportive group?
  • Have you ever had an experience in the classroom that you would like to have examined objectively?
  • Have you ever read an article and really wanted to discuss it with other colleagues?
  • Do you want to collaborate around issues of communication, curriculum, student work, issues that affect student achievement and offer feedback in non-threatening ways?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, consider joining a Professional Learning Community (PLC)!

What is a PLC?

A professional learning community provides a forum for professional development that focuses on developing collegial relationships and encouraging reflective practice in order to increase student achievement and improve or deepen one’s professional practice.  By examining student and adult work through collaborative reflection, educators hold themselves accountable for continuous improvement toward helping every student learn and every professional improve their practice.

PLCs are forming at all the campuses.  If you are interested in joining a group or want more information about PLCs at PCC you can talk with the TLC coordinators, contact Sally Earll or the facilitator at the campus of your choice.

Campus facilitators

Cascade:
Carly Vollet
Sylvania:
Lara Messersmith-Glavin, Christine Manning and Sandy Neps
Rock Creek:
Theresa Love and Sally Earll

Facilitator Training for Professional Learning Community Groups

Dates:
August 24-27, 8:30am- 4:30pm
Location:
CLIMB Center
Cost:
Free or $725. Faculty and Staff may use their summer tuition waiver to cover the cost of the training.
Includes:
Lunch each day and a notebook with protocols, readings and many other tools for use when facilitating a professional learning community (PLC) and an opportunity be a member of a community of PLC facilitators at PCC. 2.8 CEUs will be distributed at the end of the workshop.
Register:
CRN 35334 via MyPCC, or by calling registration at 971-722-8888, Option 2.

Whether you call them Professional Learning Communities, Critical Friends Groups, or Collaborative Groups, the goal of the work is the same: to provide a forum for authentic professional development that focuses on developing collegial relationships and encouraging reflective practice in order to increase student achievement. By examining student and adult work through collaborative reflection, educators work to hold themselves accountable for continuous improvement toward helping every student learn.

Effective Professional Learning Communities operate in safe, effective, and productive manners that require intentional effort and a different set of skills, tools and processes than many teachers are accustomed to using in their classrooms. In the complex system that schools are, teachers need not only the opportunity to collaborate, but also training in the skills and tools, to move conversations forward to improve teaching and learning. Now more than ever, teachers need a safe place to seek answers to questions and professional challenges, to attend to real issues and dilemmas in their classrooms.

As a result of learning these new skills, tools, and processes for working together, educators will:

  • Understand the significance of engaging in active listening and meaningful dialogue about professional work and personal learning to improve student learning;
  • Develop, actively use, and hold each other accountable to a set of shared norms and values;
  • Engage in the establishment of a safe risk-taking environment in order to give and receive constructive, challenging feedback on professional practice;
  • Use protocols and processes to engage in reflective dialogue and collaborative work; and inquire into, analyze and reflect upon student learning;
  • Understand, accept and own responsibility for addressing issues of inequity as we work to increase student achievement.

For additional Information, please visit Kim Feicke’s bio and website and National School Reform Faculty.

The work we will be doing is based upon the Critical Friends Model for Professional Learning Communities.