Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and Networked Improvement Communities (NICs)

April 27, 2017

This Education Week blog post, “The Celebrations and Challenges of Leading Change,” caught our attention. The authors, from the Friendswood Independent School District in Texas, describe their process of establishing a professional learning community (PLC) around standards from Learning Forward. As they got deeper into the process, they experienced some fundamental changes in themselves and their PLC, such as the recursive (or iterative) nature of learning together in a community, and the importance of a clear, shared goal in pursuing continuous improvement. We have written about the difference between sharing communities (e.g. PLCs) and execution communities (e.g. networked improvement communities, or NICs), and note that the process these authors described in deepening their PLC reminds us of the stories told by those forming or joining a NIC.