Are you running a PLC or a PLC Lite?

March 21, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

The March 2016 issue of Phi Delta Kappan (vol 97(6)) includes a thought-provoking and practice-reflecting article by Rick DuFour and Douglas Reeves titled The Futility of PLC Lite (pp 69-71).

The authors state that many traditional activities in schools are presented as  PLC activities -like department meetings – but these things ultimately have no effect in improving student learning.

They describe 5 tenets that must exist in a true PLC. Very briefly (me): collaborative teams;  viable and measurable curriculum; multiple assessment processes; actively using the results of assessments; creating a system of interventions). (pp 69-70)

They describe 4 questions that drive the work of collaborative teams that will assist you in distinguishing between a genuine PLC and a PLC Lite (p 70):

  1. What do we want students to learn?
  2. How will we know if they have learned it
  3. What will be do if they have not learned it
  4. How will we provide extended learning opportunities for students who have mastered the content?

TDSB teachers may contact the library and request a copy of the article – we will email it to you. Phone (416) 395-9298 or

Check it out! Rowan

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