Professional Learning Community

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“A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve.” 

(Learning by Doing, DuFour et al.)

Model PLC District

Mission Statement
The Bartow County School System collaboratively engages all students and staff in relevant learning experiences and empowers them to succeed. 

Vision Statement
The Bartow County School System will be a high functioning professional learning community that will graduate all students career and college ready, prepared to contribute to their community.

Collective Commitments

  • We are committed to providing a quality education to all children which is essential to the prosperity of our community.

  • We are committed to providing a safe, secure, and supportive learning environment.

  • We are committed to hiring, developing, and supporting high quality educators.

  • We are committed to academic excellence through the collaborative investment of faculty, staff, parents, and community.


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As a professional learning community, BCSS focuses on three big ideas:

1 | A Focus on Learning

Work together to clarify exactly what each student must learn

Monitor each student’s learning on a timely basis

Provide systematic interventions that ensure students receive additional time and support for learning when they struggle

Extend learning when students have already mastered the intended outcomes

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2 | A Collaborative Culture

Educators must work collaboratively and take collective responsibility for the success of each student


Mutually accountable

Common goals

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3 | Results Oriented

Members of a PLC recognize that all of their efforts must ultimately be assessed on the basis of results rather than intentions;

Participation in this process is not just for leaders, it is a responsibility of every member

Examine results to discover strengths and weaknesses to learn from each other.

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Collaborative teams meet to answer the four driving PLC questions:

1 | What do we want students to know and be able to do?


2 | How will we know when students have learned it?

Create common formative assessments (CFAs). Build common understanding of proficiency. Align CFAs to essential standards. Clarify conditions of administration of CFAs . Compare and analyze the data.  


3 | What will we do when students haven't learned it?

Plan systematic interventions within collaborative teams. Provide a timely response to all students. Differentiate to address individual student needs.  


4 | What will we do when students already know it?

Provide students opportunities for extension. Extend instruction. Differentiate to address individual student needs.  


Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum

A Team Spotlight

An “A” Team is a team of educators in which the members work interdependently to achieve common goals that directly impact student achievement. Members of an “A” Team are willing and eager to learn from one another. An “A” Team exemplifies the three big ideas of our Professional Learning Communities culture as they continually demonstrate a focus on learning, collaboration, and results.

Through observations and conversations with each team member, it is evident these teams uses the PLC process to work together with collective responsibility for student learning. They ensure a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all first-grade students, use common formative assessments to monitor student learning, use common assessment data to improve teaching and learning practices, and support the RTI process by providing systematic interventions and enrichments for all students.


Emerson Elementary - 1st Grade

Suzanne Bennett

Chelsey Edgar

Shelley Harger


Cloverleaf Elementary - 3rd Math

Laura Hayes

Torre Mortimer

Lisa Wilson

Whitney Bailey


Cass Middle - 6th Math

Laura Hayes

Torre Mortimer

Lisa Wilson

Whitney Bailey

Cass Middle - 7th Math

Kendra Gilliam

Rebecca Wright

Brent West

Bridget Durham

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Adairsville Elementary - 3rd ELA

Gwynn Brookshire

Annie Powell

Brandie Smith

Emily Duggan

“A collection of teachers does not truly become a team until members must rely on one another to accomplish a goal that none could achieve individually.”  DuFour et al. Learning by Doing

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