The power of a PLC

Arizona principals build cross-campus collaboration among teachers

By Learning Forward
June 2019
Vol. 40, No. 3
As principals, we work diligently to ensure that our teachers collaborate to develop the best education for our students, but how often are we as principals practicing what we preach? Being a principal can be a lonely role, but when we engage in collaboration and collective inquiry, we can move our teachers and students forward. We came together from five different elementary schools in Mesa (Arizona) Public Schools to tackle some of our common challenges and strengthen our schools individually and collectively. Our leadership collaboration has led to ongoing collaboration among our teachers, which is helpful for all of us but, most importantly, for our students. HOW OUR COLLABORATION BEGAN Our collaboration began organically and unexpectedly. While attending a districtwide meeting, we realized we were

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Beth Bishop, Amy Breitenbucher, Andrea Lang Sims, Stephanie Montez, and Christel Swinehart-Arbogast

Beth Bishop ( is principal at Whitman Elementary. Amy Breitenbucher ( is principal at Kerr Elementary. Andrea Lang Sims ( is principal at Whittier Elementary. Stephanie Montez ( is principal at Adams Elementary. Christel Swinehart-Arbogast ( is principal at Emerson Elementary. These schools are part of Mesa (Arizona) Public Schools.

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