PLC245121722: PLC + Building Collaborative Expertise
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About PLC+

The model for PLCs has been around a long time. But is your PLC focused on evidence-based instruction with an emphasis on equity and activation? And most importantly, are your PLCs functioning effectively?

PLC+ is a practical and evidence-based framework, developed by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, that supports:

  • Planning and implementation in support of student learning
  • Professional development intentionally designed for teacher agency over their learning
  • Cycles of assessment, reflection, and decisions that lead to greater impact
  • Monitoring collaborative impact on teacher and student learning


Building upon prevailing PLC methodology, PLC+ refreshes current collaborative structures and helps support teachers' decision-making in the context of individual and collective efficacy, expectations, equity, and the activation of their own learning.


Why PLC+?

PLC+ professional learning is designed to support teachers in building agency over their learning and is based on the best-selling PLC+ Playbook. PLC+ highlights the teacher and provides a structure and tools for them to own their learning through a collective process with colleagues and facilitate learning structures that develop student success.

There are four cross-cutting values that underpin the PLC+ framework:

  1. Equity | PLC+ needs to identify and apply impactful evidence-based instruction that values the background of every student
  2. High expectations | PLC+ holds all students accountable to reach the same bar, but the pathway they use may look different
  3. Individual and collective efficacy | PLC+ knows we can capitalize on our individual amount of brainpower and contribute it to the collective whole
  4. Activation | PLC+ calls for someone who keeps the group focused on goals, facilitates conversation, adds ideas, asks questions, and helps the team make decisions


It's not enough to just build teacher agency, we must also focus on the power of the collective. Empowering your PLCs is a step toward becoming better-equipped educators with greater credibility to foster successful learners.


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 About the Workshop: PLC + Building Collaborative Expertise


Session 1: 24 August 2022 Wednesday, 7.00 am to 11.00 am Singapore time

What are the components of collaborative meetings that motivate and inspire you?

Are we really moving student learning forward because we shared our knowledge and skills with others in effective and impactful ways? How do we know?

Do you make the most of this time together, or is it time you feel could be more effectively utilised?

Collaborative Expertise is when we harness the power of individual expertise. It is when we spend time focusing on student learning in a way that, with our colleagues, deepens and strengthens our own learning and practices.

Join us to find out about:

  • Leveraging Collaborative Expertise through impactful Professional Learning Communities
  • What Collaborative Expertise is and what it isn't
  • Five powerful questions and four cross cutting values that build collaborative expertise
  • Tools and strategies to help determine if individually and collaboratively we are having an impact on student learning
  • Ways to reflect on and strengthen credibility with students and colleagues


Session 2: 5 September 2022 Monday, 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm Singapore time

Collaborative Expertise Implementation # 1: HOW TO... Analyse Data and Check for Bias

The question "Where are we now?" is the start of a collective process for teams as they take inventory of student strengths and needs, analyse data, and eventually determine solutions that will address the needs of students.

Collaborative expertise thrives on data but can perish if the data isn't used to take action, or if it obscures needs that are hiding in plain sight. Underlying every decision about what we choose to gather data on is an unspoken decision about what we won't look at.

But it is crucial to keep conversations about bias at the forefront when making decisions about what we examine and why. Join Sam Rodgers in one or all of the Collaborative Expertise series as she explores ways for educators to utilise what they have learned to ask hard questions and apply ideas in their school to move students forward in their learning.

Attend this session to:

  • Explore protocols to focus data analysis
  • Address biases in data collection and analysis
  • Identify a common challenge


Session 3: 12 September 2022 Monday, 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm Singapore time

Collaborative Expertise Implementation # 2: HOW TO... Implement Walk-Throughs

High functioning teams are professionally generous. Time is precious for every classroom teacher, and finding the time to spend in each other's classrooms can be a challenge. Yet isolating oneself professionally comes at a much higher cost. Collaborative expertise is not only developed during group meeting times but also in the quality times members invest in one another engaged in the inquiry of their practices.

Learning Walks are an effective method for exploring common challenges and specific instructional strategies by intentionally spending time in each other's learning spaces.

Attend this session to:

  • Explore various types of learning walks and their purposes including ghost walks, capacity-building learning walks and faculty learning walks.
  • Discover strategies and tools for carrying out, analysing and debriefing about the findings of learning walks
  • Reflect on current learning walk practices


Session 4: 17 October 2022 Monday, 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm Singapore time

Collaborative Expertise Implementation # 3: HOW TO...Strengthen Habits of Reflection

Time is the most precious resource educators have, and coming together to collaborate about teaching and learning is an investment of precious time.

When it comes to our habits of reflection, are we reflecting on our professional, collaborative learning, and its impact on student learning, in a way that helps us learn?

Do we value the time, as noted by John Dewey, spent 'learning from reflecting on experience'? It sounds so easy: "reflect on the experience."

In reality, it is actually more complex. When we reflect, we consider deeply something that we might not otherwise have given much thought to. True reflection connects our new learning with actions moving forward.

Attend this session to:

  • Explore questions that support extended collaborative reflection
  • Experience strategies and tools to help build habits of reflection


Target Audience: K-12 teachers and leaders wanting to initiate or strengthen their PLCs by adding the +



The Presenters


Professor Douglas Fisher

Dr Douglas FisherDr Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator.

He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit and an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE.

Doug has published numerous articles on teaching and learning as well as books such as Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners, The Teacher Clarity Playbook, PLC+, Visible Learning for Literacy, Comprehension: The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading, How Tutoring Works, and most recently, How Learning Works. Doug loves being an educator and hopes to share that passion with others.


Mr Gilbert Halcrow

gilbert halcrow corwinGilbert's extensive education experience both locally and internationally includes expertise in school leadership, arts education, learning technologies, learning designs and frameworks for collaboration and creativity. Gilbert enjoys collaborating creatively, working with schools across Australia to support teachers and school leaders so they can have the greatest impact on learners.




Registration Details


Course Code: PLC245121722

Topic: PLC+: Building Collaborative Expertise

This course has a total of four sessions.

Session 1:

Date: 24 August 2022 Wednesday

Time: 7.00 am to 11.00 am Singapore time

Speakers: Professor Douglas Fisher and Mr Gilbert Halcrow


Session 2:

Collaborative Expertise Implementation # 1: HOW TO... Analyse Data and Check for Bias

Date: 5 September 2022 Monday

Time: 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm Singapore time

Speaker: Mr Gilbert Halcrow


Session 3:

Collaborative Expertise Implementation # 2: HOW TO... Implement Walk-Throughs

Date: 12 September 2022 Monday

Time: 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm Singapore time

Speaker: Mr Gilbert Halcrow


Session 4:

Collaborative Expertise Implementation # 3: HOW TO...Strengthen Habits of Reflection

Date: 17 October 2022 Monday

Time: 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm Singapore time

Speaker: Mr Gilbert Halcrow


Mode of Delivery: via Zoom

Closing Date: 30 September 2022 Friday

Workshop Fee: S$495.00 per participant. If 5 or more participants from the same school/organization attend the same workshop, the discounted fee will be S$315.00 per participant for that particular workshop. Fees are subject to GST.


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Other Information:

  • Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees.
  • The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who are unable to attend for whatever reasons.
  • Please be aware that a recording will not be provided if you are unable to attend.

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