PLC – Overview

The PTAN and Race 2K projects are collaborating to offer two exciting new preschool professional development opportunities for school districts through Professional Learning Communities (PLC).  PLCs are cooperative communities created to enable school district staff to join forces to identify challenges and opportunities and learn from each other.   Race 2K and PTAN have developed two focus area PLCs related to improving outcomes for preschool children with disabilities.

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What are the focus areas of the PLC’s

  • Expanding your district’s preschool programming
  • Supporting children and families who experience trauma


What types of activities take place in a PLC?

The primary purpose of PLCs is to provide venues for professional learning and peer-to peer learning and conversation.  Each PLC will convene regularly through virtual collaboration in addition to 2 – 3   in-person meetings per calendar year.  During these learning opportunities there will be:

  • Facilitated conversation with districts sharing successes and challenges in processes and outcomes to promote cross district learning and collaboration
  • Individualized technical assistance in small-group or individual settings to address individual district needs
  • Peer-to-peer networking
  • Facilitated conversation with content specialists
  • Whole-group and/or webinar presentations from content specialists


Who participates in a PLC?

Districts identify a team of staff who are interested and willing to commit to the work of the PLC. However, each Professional Learning Community will be limited to 5 to 10 districts.


How do I find out more?

PTAN and Race2K held an informational webinar on the PLC’s.  You can view it here.

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Important Dates

  • Letters of Commitment are due NOVEMBER 6th.  Download the letter here