What is a PLC?
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History of Fulton Professional Learning Communities Journey
District administration made a commitment to the PLC process by setting up leadership teams in each of the buildings. Membership consisted of teachers and the building principal. Fulton teams joined other schools from around the Heart of Missouri and Central Region to attend a summer academy for 3 days in early August, 2011 where an overview of the PLC process was explained in order to help lay the foundation for the work of the next 3 years.
PLC Building teams attended regular training sessions in Columbia at the Heart of Missouri RPDC offices on the MU campus. This information provided the model that each leadership team used to provide training for their individual buildings as they made the transition to becoming a PLC school.
Each Professional Development day in the district was used to implement an important component in the process such as norms, a mission, vision, collaborative culture, etc. With the help of the regional professionals from the Columbia office, each building has been able to make the changes needed to work as an effective learning community focused on student learning.
Because of a statewide grant, the RPDC was able to continue to provide help to Fulton as they continue to make the change to a fully functioning PLC. District administration has established a District PLC team made up of two members from each building leadership teams. This team resulted from a collaborative session attended by all of the school PLC members and will help in adding stability and a common focus for the individual schools.
The PLC process will constantly evolve because the focus is on student learning and success. This requires a shift to continuous improvement, collective responsibility, alignment and accountability.