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The Trefny Innovative Instruction (I²) Center can help you begin a new PLC on campus, or support one currently in action.
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are organized clusters of faculty who are focused on a particular teaching challenge or innovation, working to support each other to learn and enhance one’s teaching. PLCs have been proven to be a highly supportive and effective method for teacher professional learning that lead to increased student success: "A learning-enriched teachers’ workplace appears to be linked to better student academic progress…and students achieved at higher levels in schools with positive professional communities" (Stoll, Bolam, McMahon, Wallace, & Thomas, 2006).
Professional Learning Communities (PLC)