Professional Learning Communities

Establish teacher-led learning teams

Effective professional learning communities engage teams in a cycle of continuous improvement, promote collective responsibility for student learning, and support alignment of individual, team, school, and school system goals.

Learning Forward supports districts in developing cultures of learning and implementing PLCs with fidelity. We work with schools and systems to emphasize the “L” in PLCs. By focusing on learning, we guide educators to employ a cycle of continuous improvement process where change, instructional improvement, and increased student learning are the goals, and learning is the intention of collaboration.

Learning Forward helps systems establish teacher-led learning teams in all schools that engage in a cycle of learning that includes:

  1. Analyzing data to identify student learning needs.
  2. Setting learning goals for their students.
  3. Selecting or constructing learning designs that facilitate their own learning so they may address student learning goals.
  4. Implementing new instructional strategies in their classrooms.
  5. Monitoring, assessing, and adjusting practice.

We want to help you ensure that your teachers are collaborating in ways that improve their practice and get results for their students.


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What We Do

Guide continuous improvement

Promote collective responsibility

Ensure goal alignment

Our Work

Becoming a Learning Team

Get step-by-step guidance in using collaborative learning time to solve specific student learning challenges.

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Becoming a Learning School

Discover what leaders need to know to implement more effective professional learning.

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Fill out our web form and let us know about your system and how you want to implement or improve professional learning communities.


We’ll connect you with one of our consultants to talk about how we can support your PLCs.


We’ll work with your school leaders on site and virtually to ensure your PLCs get results for teacher and students.

Our Community of Practice Team

Jacqueline Kennedy

Arlington, Texas

In her 22 years in education, Jacqueline Kennedy has served as a teacher, school counselor, assessment coordinator, and district professional…

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Terry Morganti-Fisher

Austin, Texas

Terry Morganti-Fisher is a senior consultant for the Learning Forward. Terry leads districts and schools in becoming authentic professional learning…

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Jamey Burns

Neptune Beach, Florida

Jamey Burns is an educational consultant who specializes in professional learning in K-12 and early childhood systems.  Most recently, Dr. Burns’…

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Ann Delehant

Webster, New York

Ann Delehant is a senior consultant for Learning Forward. She is an experienced facilitator, learning leader and agent of systemwide…

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