Keeping the Ball Rolling: Maintaining Momentum and Urgency in a PLC

 February 20, 2019

By  Matt Foster

The generation of innovative ideas and practices are often propelled through attendance at professional learning sessions where engaging practitioners and experts share their knowledge.

Participants leave energized and excited; ready to get back to their schools to implement the new learning. All too often, without a systematic and consistent approach present within the culture of their schools, much of this enthusiasm diminishes when day-to-day obstacles arise.

Urgency in a PLC

Urgency creates action now. It’s focused on initiating the momentum for long-term improvements.

A quick lookup in Merriam-Webster, and we find the following:

  1. importance requiring swift action.
    synonyms: importance, top priority, imperativeness, weight, weightiness, gravity, necessity, exigency, seriousness.
  2. an earnest and persistent quality; insistence.
    synonyms: insistence, persistence, determination, resolution, tenacity, obstinacy, doggedness.

Systematic and Consistent PLC Approach

A systematic approach looks at each priority in terms of a series. It requires a series of consistent events to shift and craft culture changes.

For example, a 2nd-grade language arts team might be working on increase the reading abilities of their young readers. To create lasting change, the team must

  • commit to a set of actions
  • consistently implement those commitments
  • create systematic ways to evaluate their progress along the way

The same is true for developing leaders in a PLC. It requires consistency over time. Here’s a graphic that shows leadership development over a series of years…even decades.

“Age” or Years in Leadership Development

Urgency and Consistency in a PLC

Urgency is the spark. It gets the fire going. A systematic approach creates the consistency needed for lasting success. It is the fuel that keeps the fire burning.

I hope you enjoyed this quick article. I’m curious about your efforts in refining your PLC processes. Share this article or Tweet me your thoughts!

About the author

Matt Foster

Matt is an educator and creator of the Mafost Mashup school leadership podcast. He's also a writer, curriculum designer, and certified teacher/k-12 principal. Most importantly he's a dad.


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