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Benefits of PLC 

Group reflection in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) is an empowering process. Through PLC, staff gain a greater sense of support and feedback from their peers. This can have a positive impact on their learning and practice (Roberts, S. & Pruitt, E. Z., 2009).

 

Reflection in ActionReflection-in-action

works on getting to the bottom of what is happening in the educator’s processes, decision-making and feelings at the time of the event or interaction.

 

Reflection on Action Reflection-on-action

are works of sifting over a previous event to take into account new information or theoretical perspectives available in conjunction with the educator’s processes, feeling and actions.

Improve Student Outcomes

Benefit 1

Students in effective schools as PLCs benefit from increased student achievement and learning outcomes as they receive systematic and timely interventions to address learning gaps and extend their learning.

Develop a Collaborative School Culture

Benefit 2

A collaborative school culture fosters increased staff commitment to make changes to pedagogical practices, and a greater sense of shared responsibility for students’ holistic growth. 

As the goal of PLCs is to ultimately improve student outcomes, conversations among staff would be more focused on this. Staff would be more willing to voice their differing opinions and step out of their comfort zones; they learn from one another and experiment with new instructional strategies as they have strong peer support.

Raise Staff Capacity and Morale

Benefit 3

Staff who are involved in effective PLCs are generally better informed, professionally renewed and motivated to inspire students. They can achieve greater content mastery and higher staff morale and satisfaction.