The term Professional Learning Community (PLC) is so commonplace in schools across the Nation nowadays. As you know, the literature on the topic is abundant too. Many claim that the implementation of PLCs will certainly increase student achievement. Is that really the case though? Does the empirical research actually support this argument? Perhaps. I’ll let you be the judge of that.
To help answer the burning question, a colleague (Dr. Hector Arroyo) and I extracted 13 dissertations (from ProQuest), each of them explicitly examining whether or not PLCs have a statistically significant relationship with student achievement. The results sure were interesting too! Some PLCs were helpful in student success; others weren’t. To view a matrix summarizing all the studies, click here.
After gathering all the research–and noting some observations–we categorized all the researchers “Implications for Practice”. Three major groupings naturally surfaced. They were: (a) Understanding & Implementation, (b) Structures & Resources, and (c) Leadership. To see these groupings, along with their accompanying implications, click here.
What does all this data tell you? Will you continue to strive for becoming a true learning community?