Professional Learning Communities for Arkansas

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See the list of new PLC schools and districts in Cohort 6!

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

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 

Webinar RecordingPresentationDate
The "Why" of Professional Learning Communities 7/20/20
Wondering About Back to School? 7/30/20
What is Your Mission and Vision?  9/23/20
Confronting the Brutal Facts: Assessment to Drive ChangePDF10/26/20
Creating and Leading a Guiding Coalition 11/11/20
Collaborative Teacher Teams PDF12/10/20
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
Unit Plans/SequencingPDF2/25/21
Developing S.M.A.R.T. GoalsPDF4/9/21
Response to InterventionPDF4/13/21
Leading with Intention Overview 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.

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.

Arkansas Project 


For more information, please contact:

Arkansas Department  of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4988

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