Solution Tree, a midsize innovator headquartered in Bloomington Indiana, helped introduced American educators to the power of professional learning communities (PLCs) through books, events and professional development.  In contrast to top down PD, PLC are an authentic way for teachers to collaborate and learn together.

Sanger Unified, Schaumburg, and Whittier are 3 districts that are mentioned in the latest PLC book Cultures Built to Last.   Solution Tree is working with about 20 districts in depth and trains educators from thousands and districts through its programs.

It was recently announced that MasteryConnect would be powering Solution Tree PLCs.  CEO Mick Hewitt said:

PLC’s are focused on answering two questions – what do we want our students to know?  How do we know when they know it?  PLC’s answer the second question through use of formative assessments aligned to the standards. MasteryConnect allows teachers to share and collaborate around formative assessment and has the largest network of teachers creating and sharing formative assessments aligned to both state and Common Core standards.  MasteryConnect gives teachers the tools to grade quickly and get the immediate feedback they need to have the types of conversations they want to have around actionable data in the classroom driven from common formative assessments.

PLCs are changing how educators learn.  They provide a web of connection and support that reduce isolation and improve effectiveness–and most of them are free!

We’re celebrating Connected Educator Month by exploring PLCs and new ways educators are connecting.  In the coming days we’ll feature LearnZillion and Edmodo PLCs and new ways to flip and blend meetings and conferences.

LearnZillion, MasteryConnect and Edmodo are portfolio companies of Learn Capital where Tom is a partner.  

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