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PLC instituteHelping educators transform their school into a powerful professional learning community that effectively serves all students is one of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning’s areas of expertise. We lead summer trainings and school-based workshops for teachers, principals, and other educational leaders focused on the SRI Critical Friendship model to develop teacher-led PLCs supported by school-wide PLC practices.

“This has been the most impactful P.D. experience of my career and I’m so grateful to have been able to attend.” — Summer Institute Participant, 2017

“I found the Institute to be extremely useful, with many applications in my classroom and in my professional community, as well as for my own personal growth.” — Summer Institute Participant, 2017


Staff retreatWhat does this model of plcs look like?
  • Teachers meet regularly in small established PLC groups, led by a trained teacher-leader/facilitator.
  • Participants reflect on their teaching, look closely at student work, share dilemmas in their practice, read and discuss professional articles, and serve as critical friends to support and challenge one another to meet the needs of all students.
  • The groups use protocols from the School Reform Initiative to frame their examination of student work and their reflection and discussion.
  • Principals use the protocols and practices to guide school-wide professional development activities, reinforcing and modeling the approach, and thereby supporting the teacher-led PLCs.
  • The SRI critical friendship model for professional learning communities can lead to transformational growth for the adult participants and have profound impact on student learning and school culture.

Professional Learning Community 5-Day Summer Institute
  • CITY Center for Collaborative Learning hosts an annual PLC Summer Institute in Tucson, AZ. The 2018 dates are June 11-15. Register here.
  • This is an immersive, hands-on professional development experience. Participants develop the habits and skills to facilitate and coach a professional learning community based on the SRI critical friendship model.
  • The institute is for teacher-leaders who are interested in facilitating a professional learning community of peers in their school or district and principals and other school leaders who want to hone their facilitative leadership skills and lead their schools and districts as professional learning communities.

Professional Learning Community Workshops for Schools or Districts

CITY Center for Collaborative Learning offers customized PLC workshops and trainings that range in length, audience, and intensity. Some examples include: a 2-hour introduction to using protocols to promote teacher collaboration for a school staff; a one-day session for building-level administrators on how to support professional learning community efforts in their schools; a follow-up retreat for trained coaches from one school or district to provide PLC implementation support; the full PLC training, which is typically five days in length and can be conducted in five consecutive days (usually summer) or split into two sessions (3-day launch, 2-day follow up).

Contact us to share the needs and interests of your school or district. All institutes and workshops are led by national SRI facilitators. For more information on SRI Critical Friendship initiatives around the country, visit the School Reform Initiative website.