A professional learning community (PLC) is a network of groups that enable sharing and integration of diverse knowledge, experiences, perspectives, attitudes and practices. This networking enhances creative thinking, resource development and sharing, idea generation, and program improvement. Shared passion, interest, understanding and work towards common goals fosters greater inclusion, diversity, and capacity for implementation than working in isolation.
While members will all bring varying levels of knowledge and experience, the value of the PLC is a safe learning environment, thriving on diversity and inclusion, in which all contribute, grow and learn. In a productive PLC, members share common interests, engage in joint activities and discussions, and exchange, critically evaluate and reflect on information. They further develop and share resources to support and act on shared goals by developing new knowledge and tools for building capacity through dissemination and implementation leading to meaningful outcomes and progress.
PLCs are flexible, dynamic, and inclusive. They embrace learning. As a result they can create a change within an organization or larger community through:
- New opportunities through sharing and valuing multiple perspectives
- New solutions as a result of the inclusive environment that fosters inquiry, innovation and knowledge generation
- Ongoing support of members to help develop capacity, innovation, risk taking, and community transformation as well as connect people, ideas, and actions towards meaningful progress and outcomes for individuals and families.
To access the Community Site:
- Submit the request to join (above)
- Create an IU guest account at https://ams.iu.edu/guests/GuestHome.aspx
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the email address used for the account.
- Once added to the site, you will receive an automatic email invitation
We operate around the following governance principles:
- consensus orientation
- equity and inclusiveness
- effectiveness and efficiency
- accountability, and
- rules of engagement.
As part of the PLC:
- Be open to all with an interest and who abide by community norms
- Encourage the ongoing education of members and the deepening of expertise among members