This downloadable tool can be used to assist teachers in answering the four essential questions of a Professional Learning Community (PLC). It can also be used by a team of PLC teachers who have decided to focus on subject area content.
The document is divided into four sections. Each section corresponds to an essential question, providing a quick explanation and examples. The four questions are:
This can be used during a one-hour PLC meeting. However, time spent on this document may vary depending on the level of knowledge, experience and involvement of participants. It can be used with teachers at a PLC meeting at the beginning of a learning cycle, or as a reflective tool to support ongoing planning.
Present this tool as a means for building common understanding before you form a PLC. It can be used with various clientele.
Learning by Doing, Dufour, R. & Dufour, R. (2006).