Professional Learning Communities
Launched in 2016, The Fund’s Principal-led Professional Learning Community (PLC) program is designed to help principals collaborate and share best practices and tools to impact school culture and improve student outcomes.
The goals of PLCs are to:
- Provide principal leaders with an opportunity to utilize their expertise and collaborate with colleagues.
- Enable principals to share best practices that have improved student achievement across the system.
- Create a unique cross-district opportunity that will bring diverse principal leaders together for rich cohort learning.
The Fund supported seven Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in the 2016-17 school year. PLC topics were developed based on principal interest in the subject, and PLC principal leaders were identified based on demonstrated expertise in each given topic.
PLC leaders developed the curriculum, structure and impact measurement of their PLCs. They facilitated at least four in-person sessions with their groups, in addition to at least two one-on-one meetings with each member. Between sessions, PLC participants worked on implementing changes in their specific topic areas to help improve student outcomes and implement new systems in their schools.
The 2016-17 PLC topics and leaders were:
- Data Utilization – Barton Dassinger, Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academic Center
- Taking a School from Good to Great – Melissa Zaikos, Intrinsic Schools
- Aspiring High School Leaders – Gregory Jones, Kenwood Academy High School
- Transitions from 8th to 9th Grade – Rick Trujillo and Bryan Quinlan, James Monroe Elementary School
- Supporting Dual Language – Olimpia Bahena, Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy
- Providing Support to Diverse Learners – Manda Lukic, Daniel Beard Elementary School
- Implementing Balanced Literacy in Primary Grades – Heather Yutzy, Hiram Belding Elementary School