Professional Learning Communities for Arkansas
Register for Professional Learning Community Professional Development
If you are interested in registering for events throughout the state or surrounding areas, please check out the PLC Professional Development Calendar.
To learn more about the Professional Learning Communities in the state, please check out Solution Tree's new documentary, “A Child's Best Hope: The Arkansas PLC Story.” It highlights the efforts of three schools throughout various stages of the implementation process. View the trailer below, then check out the documentary at https://bitly.com/3tQvJ9M.
Since its launch in the 2017-2018 school year, PLC at Work® has had a positive impact on achievement growth in Arkansas, particularly in math. To learn more, please read the Arkansas PLC at Work Cohort 1 Year 2 Report
Webinar Series Recordings
|The "Why" of Professional Learning Communities||7/20/20|
|Wondering About Back to School?||7/30/20|
|Social Emotional Needs||8/20/20|
|What is Your Mission and Vision?||9/23/20|
|Confronting the Brutal Facts: Assessment to Drive Change||10/26/20|
|Creating and Leading a Guiding Coalition||11/11/20|
|Collaborative Teacher Teams||12/10/20|
|Ensuring a Strong Foundation in a Professional Learning Community Culture||12/14/20|
|PLC Overview - The Four Pillars/Guiding Questions||1/11/21|
|Guaranteed Viable Curriculum/Essential Skills||1/26/21|
|Unpacking the Standards||2/11/21|
|Developing S.M.A.R.T. Goals||4/9/21|
|Response to Intervention||4/13/21|
|Leading with Intention Overview||3/7/22|
|Creating and Sustaining a Culture that Works Part 1||3/7/22|
PLC at Work®
In partnership with Solution Tree, a leading provider in education professional development, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is committed to developing and expanding the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Work process into Arkansas schools. When the PLC at Work process is implemented with fidelity, schools experience dramatic improvement in learning results by both students and adults. Selected Arkansas schools will serve as working laboratories for the PLC at Work process, conducting action research and sharing best practices with other schools throughout the state.
Schedule a PLC School Visit
The first cohort of PLC pilot project schools will conclude its three-year implementation project as outlined in the 2017 guidelines. Although the PLC at Work is an ongoing process, we invite schools to visit these schools to experience best practices implemented since the journey began. If your school or district would like to visit one of these schools, please complete the attached Google form. Be specific on the topic you would like to observe so the needs of your school are met. Once the form has been completed, you will be contacted or you may contact Director of Special Projects Missy Walley.
Visit the Arkansas Page on the Solution Tree Website
To learn more about the PLC at Work process in schools and districts across the state, visit the Arkansas page on the Solution Tree website.
You may also watch the following video to learn about the Arkansas Project.
For more information, please contact:
- FAQ: Arkansas and Professional Learning Communities at Work
- Press Release: 10 Schools, 5 Districts Selected for Sixth Professional Learning Communities at Work® Cohort
- Press Release: 9 Schools, 2 Districts Selected for Fourth Year of Professional Learning Communities at Work® Project
- Press Release: 10 Schools, 1 District Selected for Third Year of Professional Learning Communities at Work® Project
- Press Release: ADE Announces Second Cohort of Schools for Professional Learning Communities at Work Project
- Press Release: Arkansas Launches Professional Learning Communities Pilot Project
- Rules Governing Professional Learning Communities
- Act 427 of 2017