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Northwest Missouri State University


Professional Learning Communities

Professional learning communities see student learning, not teaching, as their mission. The policies, instruction, curriculum, programs, professional development, and other functions of the school all support student learning. In maintaining this constant focus on learning, four questions become paramount:

  1. 1. What should students know and be able to do?
  2. 2. How will the school determine that students have learned the essential knowledge and skills?
  3. 3. How will the school respond when students do not learn?
  4. 4. How will the school respond when they already know it?

The state PLC school-improvement model focuses on increasing student achievement by building the capacity of school personnel to create and sustain the conditions that promote high levels of student and adult learning.

Consultant

Lori Colvin
Email: lcolvin@nwmissouri.edu