Teacher Learning Communities: Understanding what a PLC is

Teacher Learning Communities: Understanding what a PLC is

Teacher learning communities can be defined as groups of teachers who “continually inquire into their practice and, as a result, discover, create, and negotiate new meanings that improve their practice.”  -(Skerrett, 2010)

There are different types of teacher learning comminities.

  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC) (most common)
  • Faculty Learning Communities
  • Teaching and Learning Communities
  • Professional Learning Groups
  • Collaborative Learning Communities
  • Critical Friends Groups
  • Communities of Practice


Within my school district we do PLC once a week.

What is a PLC?

Professional Learning Communities are a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.

The goals of a PLC is to increase teacher knowledge, understanding and skill in differentiated instruction and to increase student motivation and achievement as a result.

A PLC is a usually a group of 4 to 6 teachers and/or administrators, the group should have goals in mind and a set of norms to follow. They need a set time  and location to meet.

Example Norms

  • We will maintain a positive attitude during each meeting.
  • We will stay on topic and follow the agenda.
  • We will begin promptly at the designated starting time.
  • We will listen to and consider all ideas.



Alexander, P. (2006). Handbook of educational psychology (2nd ed.). Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum.
Skerrett, A. (2010). “There’s going to be community. There’s going to be knowledge”: Designs for learning in a standardized age. Teaching and Teacher Education, 26, 648.

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