The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in partnership with the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) engaged in this project in order to promote strong professional learning communities in districts and schools to drive instructional improvement and increase student learning and achievement.

The project centered around two key questions:

  • What role do professional learning communities play in improving instruction and student achievement?
  • How can we leverage change in our schools and build capacity by implementing professional learning
    communities?

Over the course of two years, we engaged 20 districts and about 500 participants in understanding the structures and practices of effective PLCs. This website is a product of the good work that was done during our two-year pilot program, and is a resource for our participating districts, as well as other districts interested in learning about establishing effective PLCs in their schools in order to positively impact student achievement.