Arts Middle Recognized as a National Model Professional Learning Community

Arts Middle Recognized as a National Model Professional Learning Community for Second Year
Posted on 10/30/2017
National Model PLCOn October 25, the Academy of the Arts Middle School was recognized as a Model Professional Learning Community at Work by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance. The school was one of about 200 schools and districts in the United States and Canada to receive this honor.  This is the second year in a row that the Academy of the Arts has won the distinction.

The Academy was recognized for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™  (PLC) process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.

PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:

  1. Focus on learning.
  2. Build a collaborative culture.
  3. Create a results orientation.

Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.

According to Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Mike Mattos, champions of PLC at Work™, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”

Recognized model PLC schools are listed on, where they share implementation strategies, structures, and performance with other educators interested in improving their schools. Tools for team collaboration, articles and research about PLCs, blog posts, and other related resources are also available on the site.