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Arkansas Model PLC Schools & Districts

Arkansas’ finest professional learning communities

Model PLC schools and districts have demonstrated a commitment to the concepts of a professional learning community for at least three years. In that time, staff and administrators have built a shared understanding and commitment to the PLC at Work® process, and embraced a culture of continuous improvement. These schools highlight the progress and excellence of Model PLC schools and districts, as well as the educators’ dedication to ensuring every student learns at high levels.

Ballman Elementary

Principal Griffin started the Ballman (Fort Smith, AR) PLC journey by working with the Ballman staff to establish the “WHY” before jumping directly into implementing the concepts and practices of a professional learning community. They found a number of challenges they’d need to tackle as a team. Learn more >>

East Pointe Elementary

After changing its culture from one where students were responsible for their learning to one where teachers embraced responsibility for every student’s learning, East Pointe Elementary (Greenwood, AR) developed a powerful professional learning community with a moral obligation to refuse failure. Learn more >>

Fouke Elementary

The leadership at Fouke Elementary (Fouke, AR) realized that one of the most significant ingredients in improving student achievement was to create daily professional learning communities with every staff member being included on a weekly PLC throughout the school year. Learn more >>

Gravette Upper Elementary

Gravette Upper Elementary (Gravette, AR) is a “hidden jewel” located in the very northwest corner of Arkansas. Their school's vision statement “UNITED We Learn, Lead, and Succeed” was built upon the premise of what professional learning communities allow us to do as educators. It takes all teachers, staff, parents, students, and community to create an environment focused on what is best in student learning. Learn more >>

Greenbrier Eastside Elementary

With more than seven administration teams in as many years, teachers at Greenbrier Eastside (Greenbrier, AR) were working in isolation amidst a variety of inconsistencies and lack of clarity. Through the PLC at Work process, Greenbrier Eastside transformed its school culture into one that embraces meaningful staff collaboration, a true focus on student learning, and a laser-like attention to results. Learn more >>

Kirksey Middle School

Rogers School District provided their mission, but Kirksey Middle School (Rogers, AR) needed a vision. Teacher volunteers formed a vision committee and began creating their vision statement. Their staff of 68 worked through a gap analysis and began identifying the school they wanted to be. After several weeks of collaboration, reflection, and research, the vision committee presented to the staff their vision and values for Kirksey Middle School. Learn more >>

Morrilton Intermediate School

With no expectation of teacher collaboration, Morrilton Intermediate School (Morrilton, AR) knew its culture was not built on shared ownership of learning. By embracing the PLC at Work® process, Morrilton’s staff committed to providing high levels of learning for all students by establishing collaborative teacher teams and providing students with additional time and support for learning. Learn more >>

Monticello Middle School

The decision to implement professional learning communities led to a cultural transformation at Monticello Middle School (Monticello, AR). In addition to creating a common language that would drive collaboration in their PLC, “teachers began to feel like their voices mattered in the school, and could bring their unique skill sets in driving student achievement.” Learn more >>

Northside High School

With a PLC journey lasting more than a decade, the passionate teachers and students at Northside (Fort Smith, AR) used their professional learning community to challenge themselves to rise above circumstances and excuses. The improved school culture contributed to an increase in graduation rates and enrollment, as well as growth in all core areas. Learn more >>

Quitman School District

With a laser focus on doing the right work, Quitman School District (Quitman, AR) went from working independently to interdependently in three years. Read how high school principal Michael Stacks and elementary school principal Julie Wallace transformed Quitman Public Schools into a highly functioning PLC. Learn more >>

Spradling Elementary

In response to 50% of its students reading below grade-level, Spradling Elementary (Fort Smith, AR) committed to implementing the PLC at Work process in an attempt to raise student achievement and get consistency in instruction. As a result, Spradling experienced continuous improvement in the areas of instruction, RTI, assessment, special education, and standards-based grading. Learn more >>