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
Register for Professional Learning Community 2021 Events
If you are interested in registering for events throughout the state or surrounding areas, please check out the PLC Events 2021.
Does your team need help with the PLC Process? Meet with a statewide collaborative team for advice and problem solving. Learn more at Project Collaboration.
Webinar Series Recordings
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
|The following have received the Highly Effective Schools Accreditation:|
|Wynne Intermediate School|
|Spradling Elementary School|
|Lake Hamilton Junior High School|
|North Little Rock Center of Excellence|
|Cutter Morning Star Elementary School|
|Hampton Elementary School|
|S.C. Tucker Elementary School|
|Marked Tree Elementary School|
|Louise Durham Elementary School|
|The following have achieved the nationally recognized PLC Model School or District status:|
|Ballman Elementary School|
|Northside High School |
|Spradling Elementary School|
|Greenbrier Eastside Elementary School|
|East Pointe Elementary School|
|Monticello Middle School|
|Morrilton Intermediate School|
|Quitman School District|
|Rivercrest Elementary School|
Participating Cohort Schools
The PLC effort is currently comprised of four cohorts. These school sites were selected through a rigorous application and evaluation process, and are representative of all five regions of the state. Each Arkansas PLC site is matched with a certified PLC at Work associate from Solution Tree and receive intensive on-site support as they implement, deepen, and sustain the PLC at Work process. Each school creates action plans that focus on increasing student achievement through aligned curriculum, formative assessment practices, and proven instructional strategies.
For more information, please contact:
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201