We are excited to introduce our new structure for professional learning this school year that we hope will provide our teachers and administrators with engaging experiences to support and enhance their professional practice.  Based on feedback and the recommendations from Pelham faculty and staff, we will begin our journey following a Professional Learning Community (PLC) model.  Please follow the links below for more information about PLCs.

What is a PLC? 

What are the 3 Big Ideas of a PLC?   Adapted from DuFour et al (2006)

What are the Six Characteristics of PLCs?   Adapted from DuFour et al (2006)

The PLC sessions will occur during eight late-arrival mornings throughout the school year.  Each school’s PTA will develop a plan of activities for children during the 2-hour session.  We believe these PLCs will help Pelham Public Schools sustain and enhance our positive culture of professional learning.


Astuto, Terry, Clark, D., Read, A-M., McGree, K., and Fernandez, L. (1993).  Challenges to dominant assumptions controlling educational reform.  Andover, MA: Regional Laboratory for the Educational Improvement of the Northeast and Islands.

DuFour, R. (2004). What is a professional learning community? Educational Leadership, 61(8), 6-11.

DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & Many, T. (2006).  Learning by doing: A handbook for professional learning communities that work.  Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.