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Professional learning communities (PLCs)

Professional learning communities (PLCs) are usually small teams of teachers who meet to improve learning for a specific cohort of students. They do this by working together to trial innovations designed to improve teaching.

PLCs use a variety of strategies but have one thing in common. They all use an inquiry cycle that examines data, identifies strengths and challenges, determines interventions to address the challenges, and implements, monitors and evaluates those interventions.

In the school improvement cycle, the inner circle depicts what is done and the outer circle depicts who does it. There are steps called classroom observations and PDCA. PDCA is an acronym for Plan, Do, Check, Actions. It is a process for trialling a pilot strategy and may happen several times.

The following links lead to explanations of classroom observations and PDCA.

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