Professional Learning Community

PLC is an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. PLCs operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators.

Columbus Public Schools is a professional learning community, meaning we live by a process of collaborative work that provides continuous job-embedded learning. The work of over 30 district teams carries out into the buildings and into the classroom to improve student learning. These teams are the foundation and overall strength of a much larger organization. A PLC is not a meeting or a program, rather a process for doing things the right way.

Three fundamental elements of PLC are:

  • Focus on Learning - a focus and commitment to the learning of each student at high levels
  • Collaborative Culture - a systematic process in which teachers work together interdependently in order to influence their classroom practice in ways that will lead to better results for students
  • Results Orientation - a focus on the results of our work through the development of learning goals and common formative assessments, and gathering evidence to address student needs