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relevant to school success-and,
thus, important to fund.
To ensure the sustainability of
PLCs as a model of professional
development, principals, teachers,
and school administrators must
do a better job of communicating
the educational benefits of PLC
time to parents and other school
stakeholders. If the public is not
receiving a clear message about the
educational benefits of PLCs, schools
put the future of this model at risk.
Principals and teachers can use the
following methods to communicate
PLCs' benefits:

little or no communication about it
now comes from the district, exacerbating the lack of parent information.
Therefore, families with young children and families moving into the
district are often uninformed.
The lack of information likely has
affected how parents perceive the
impacts of the PLC on student learning. When we asked parents whether
or not PLCs increased their children's
learning, 60 percent indicated they
were unsure, and only 20 percent
noted a positive relationship.
Factors in Funding

Although parents are generally positive about PLCs, their perceptions
are based on their own quality-of-life
considerations, not academic ones.
This is not the kind of support that
will sway school boards or convince
community members that PLCs are

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„ Share information about PLC
activities at every parent-teacher
conference.
„ Send periodic PLC reports to
parents via class newsletters or
email messages.
„ Include PLC information
regularly in printed and
electronic school or district
communications.

„ Write occasional guest columns about
PLC activities for the local press.
„ Make presentations to the
school board about specific PLC
successes.
„ Create videos showing PLCs at
work, and post them on the school
or district website.
If parents know how teachers use their
collaborative time to meet students'
needs, understand that collaborative
teams enhance teachers' professionalism and their practice, and recognize
that teachers perceive increased student learning, they are more likely to
appreciate and support PLCs.
Elizabeth Berg Leer is an associate
professor and chair of education at St.
Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Heather Campbell is an associate professor
at St. Olaf.
Jackie Molina and Olivia Haines are
graduates of St. Olaf.

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from the editor
Snapshots
5 Things
Intertwined for Achievement
Planting the SEAD
Making PLCs a Plus
Measuring Up
Look Out for the Leader
Engagement Across the Generations
The Sum of Its Parts
Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising
NAESP 2019 National Distinguished Principals
In the Spotlight
Practitioner’s Corner
Raising the Bar
Principal’s Bookshelf
School Law
NAESP Partners & Advertiser Index
Speaking Out
Parents & Schools
Parents & Schools
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