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Overview for Recognition as a Model PLC

Thank you for your interest in serving as a model professional learning community (PLC). To receive this honor, a school must:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to PLC concepts.
  • Implement those concepts for at least three years.
  • Present clear evidence of improved student learning.
  • Explain the practices, structures, and culture of the school or district, and submit it for consideration to the PLC Review Committee using our online submission process.
  • Update school or district information on the site each year to show your data continues to meet the criteria of a model PLC.

Before You Apply

We recommend gathering the following information and documents before you begin:

  • Demographic data
  • Racial/Ethnic percentages (if applicable)
  • Student achievement data from the past three consecutive years, with a basis of comparison between your school/district and that of your state/province
  • Awards and recognition

You will also need to prepare responses for the following:

  • Tell us how you created a successful PLC. (Recommended word count is 250–750.)
  • Explain how you built high-performing, collaborative teams to focus efforts on improved student learning. (Recommended word count is 150–500.)
  • Describe the strategies used to monitor student learning on a timely basis. (Recommended word count is 150–500.)
  • Share how you created systems of intervention to provide students with additional time and support for learning. (Recommended word count is 150–500.)

Our panel of expert PLC practitioners will use the above criteria to assess each school or district. Please consider carefully whether your school or district meets each criterion. Want to see examples of what you’ll need to submit before you get started? Visit the See the Evidence page for sample information and data.

Guidelines and Tips for a Successful Application

  • Ensure your data shows three years of successful implementation and sustained improvement, with a basis of comparison between your school/district and that of your state/province.
  • Once you start the application process, you can save your work and come back to it at any time. To access your saved application, sign in to Your Profile and click Manage Schools. You’ll be able to pick up on the step where you left off.
  • You will have the opportunity to review your completed application before it is submitted. Please double-check that each required text box is filled out completely. Simply writing “see attachment” in a text box will not meet application requirements.
  • Before submitting your application, we recommend sending the application to several members of your team for review. You can do this by copying the URL of the application preview in step 8.

After You Apply

  • After the committee has reviewed your application, you will receive an email of approval or explanation of needed improvements. The committee may also contact you directly if any application revisions are needed.
  • Approved schools are required to update their data on an annual basis. To upload new data, sign in to Your Profile and then click Manage Schools. Here you can access your existing application, make the necessary updates, and resubmit your application.
  • You can upload additional contact information at any time. When you sign in to upload your new data each year, we recommend updating your contact information too. To do this, sign in to Your Profile, click Manage Schools, and then click Manage Contacts.
  • If your application is not approved, we encourage you to continue your school improvement efforts and resubmit another application in the future.

Criteria for Selection