Professional Learning Community (PLC)

What are PLC’s?

A Professional Learning Community or PLC, is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.  This ongoing process operates under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators. 

Professional Learning Communities serve two purposes: (1) improving the skills and knowledge of educators through collaborative study, expertise exchange, and professional dialogue, and (2) improving the educational aspirations, achievement, and attainment of students through stronger leadership and teaching. Professional learning communities often function as a form of action research” or as a way to continually question, reevaluate, refine, and improve teaching strategies and knowledge. 


Manitowoc Public School District educators met recently as a PLC to celebrate strengths and weaknesses, identify growth areas and offer plans for improvement.