Using the Professional Learning Communities at Work Continuum from Learning by Doing (Dufour et al.), participants are asked to rate the currently reality of the implementation of various indicators of introducing PLCs in their school. The participants use coloured dots on a single shared sheet to evaluate the stage that individuals are at as well as the group as a whole.
The self-assessment, carried out in the first year of the NfP and again following the Killingbeck visit, assesses the level of development of each school’s PLC. The benefit of carrying out the assessment as a pre and post measure is to gauge participants’ understanding of necessary characteristics of PLCs, which has shown a perceived decrease following observations of high functioning PLCs.
The self-assessment using the continuums supports reflection on the important elements and rationale for creating PLCs, and to plan ahead to ensure that administrators are seeking the appropriate learning and support opportunities to see their project through. This information is also used to plan for the upcoming sessions with Francois Masse.