What are Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities are made up of teams of teachers engaged in analyzing student data, establishing targeted interventions and conducting action research in order to help students achieve at high levels. PLC teams focus their efforts using these four questions:

  • What do we want each child to learn?
  • How will we know when each child has learned it?
  • How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?
  • How will we respond when a student has already learned essential knowledge and skills?

Professional Learning Communities require time in order for such dialogue to occur. Research clearly indicates that effective collaboration, focused on improving student learning, must happen through structured processes that are separate from traditional teacher planning time. These collaborative teams need an extended period of time in order to focus on individual student needs, group assessment results and instructional practices which will make an even larger impact on student learning. Nine dates have been designated for teachers throughout the district to meet in Professional Learning Communities this school year.

School will dismiss 80 minutes early on the last Tuesday students are in session each month. At Fredstrom School we will use the following schedule:
Grades K – 5 8:15-1:33

We recognize that an early release on these days may require families to make adjustments and special arrangements. We hope all families will be able to make arrangements for child care in order for students to be safe. Please be assured that this time is very valuable for our teachers to work together to help each student be a better learner. We appreciate your support of our teachers in this very import work. Please contact us at 436-1140 with any questions or concerns.