A Principal’s Thoughts on Professional Learning Communities

Dr. Kullar is the Principal at Northwestern Middle School in Fulton County in Milton, Georgia. Her introduction to Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) began during her first year of teaching when she attended a PLC conference facilitated by Richard DuFour. Since then, she has been implementing the tenets of PLCs as a teacher and school administrator. Under her leadership, Northwestern Middle School became the first in the state of Georgia to receive the model PLC school designation.
"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." -- Arnold Bennett
Video link: A Principal’s Thoughts on Professional Learning Communities – Jasmine Kullar (6:03) (mov, 200 MB)
Alternative video link: Click here for MP4 (83.7 MB)

Guiding questions for discussion and reflection

Listen to Dr. Kullar’s open and honest reflections on the process of change during the transition to professional learning communities and the impact it had on the school staff, climate, and students at her school.
  1. What were some of the challenges the principal encountered while instituting more structured professional learning communities within the school?

  2. What were the successes of the professional learning communities in the school?

  3. What apprehensions do you have about professional learning communities in which lessons, assessments, and data are shared with your colleagues?