Professional Learning Communities Encourage Collaboration

JS Morton High School District 201 superintendent Michael Kuzniewski has a wealth of experience molding Advanced Placement, mentoring, and professional development programs. In addition, Michael Kuzniewski played an integral role in creating and implementing Preparing for the Academic Success of All Students (PASAS), which leverages the professional learning community (PLC) model to enhance processes and team collaboration.

Fostering collaborative learning environments, the PLC model encourages collective creativity, shared leadership and personal practices, and supportive conditions. Together, these practices establish an ideal setting for students to grow academically. Proper integration also reduces isolation among teachers, making it easier to achieve common goals.

When creating a professional learning community, school administrators must take into consideration the significant challenges involved, such as developing a PLC environment. Simply having a goal to become one, with workshops to support the mission, is not enough. Creating a PLC takes time to achieve because it focuses on continuous growth and improvement.

Progression toward a sustainable PLC involves helping staff and faculty realize the importance of collaboration. In action, this can involve regular meetings among staff to discuss problematic areas and determine how to alleviate issues. This approach makes all parties accountable and eliminates the need to place professional development responsibility solely on one person.