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Award-winning author details a clear, research-based process for implementing PLCs to improve student learning. Included are practical strategies, activities, exercises, and troubleshooting tips for coaches.

The Call for PLCs

In September 1980, the year I began my teaching career, I arrived early on the first day at Sorrington1 High School, a public high school in the greater Hartford, Connecticut, area, for the first day of a two-day staff in-service. I don't recall any new teacher orientation in-service, as is customary now. Everybody showed up a mere two days before the students came. After the usual barrage of welcomes, announcements of weddings and new babies, introduction of new staff (which included me, a then baby-faced 21-year-old), OSHA film clips, insurance and benefits meetings, and such, I met individually with my immediate supervisor, Agnes Zorba,1 who was the chairperson of the math department. During that meeting with Ms. Z (as the staff ...

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