Four Guiding Questions of PLC:
1. What do students need to know, understand and be able to do?
2. How will we know if they have learned it?
3. What will we do if a student has not learned it?
4. What will we do if a students already knows it?
The Work of PLC Teams:
- Educators take collective responsibility for student learning and clarify the commitments they make to each other about how they work together.
- The team establishes a guaranteed and viable curriculum, unit by unit, so all students have access to the same knowledge and skills regardless of the teacher to whom they are assigned.
- The team develops common formative assessments to frequently gather evidence of student learning.
- The team supports a system of interventions and extensions to ensure students who struggle receive additional time and support for learning in a way that is timely, directive, diagnostic, and systematic, and students who demonstrate proficiency can extend their learning.
- The team uses evidence of student learning to inform and improve the individual and collective practice of its members (Learning by Doing, p. 14)