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Redesigning PLCs

By Learning Forward
August 2021

Learning Forward is launching a new network to redesign professional learning communities in a way that builds on lessons learned and opportunities found during the pandemic.

The Learning & Inquiry in PLCs Network will support districts as they rethink and reinvent the ways they prioritize and facilitate collaboration to ensure equitable access to professional learning. In this facilitated network, each team will have a dedicated coach and multifaceted support grounded in the Standards for Professional Learning and equity-centered improvement theory and practices.

District teams will design, implement, and assess professional learning that improves teaching and leadership practices and learning for all students. Using continuous improvement methods, network members will implement effective practices, measure the outcomes, and continue to improve their professional learning system.

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds through the American Rescue Plan Act can support participation in this network. For more information or to apply, visit learningforward.org/networks/learning-inquiry-in-plcs/

Network benefits
Benefits of network membership include:

  • Regular, intensive, face-to-face, and virtual convenings for collaborative learning, planning, and professional development;
  • Cycles of inquiry within teams;
  • Critical friend conversations between teams;
  • Virtual team coaching sessions; and
  • Opportunities for facilitated peer-to-peer learning.


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Learning Forward is the only professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development. We help our members plan, implement, and measure high-quality professional learning so they can achieve success with their systems, schools, and students.


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