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PLC 2.0 - Collaborating for Observable Impact in Today's Schools


PLC 2.0 - Collaborating for Observable Impact in Today's Schools

Cale Birk (Author), Garth Larson (Author),

Jenni Donohoo (Forward)

Schools across the globe have invested time, effort and resources into creating collaboration time. And while the research on educators collaborating to examine and improve their practice is clear, the practice of educators working together and the impact this has on changing the learning experience for students is less conclusive. PLC 2.0 moves districts and schools beyond research to PRACTICE and OBSERVABLE IMPACT--the type of impact that we can observe in our classrooms. 

About the Authors


Cale Birk is the Global Director of the FIRST Education PLC Center. He is also a former District Principal of Innovation from Kamloops, and imagineer and co-author of "PLC 2.0 - Collaborating for Impact in Today's Schools", "The PLC 2.0 Toolkit" and "Changing Change Using Learner-Centered Design". As a former high school Principal of a model professional learning community school, Cale helps districts, schools and industry leaders answer the question "What is our observable impact?", the observable changes in practice that make the difference for all learners. In addition to his work as an author and facilitator, Cale has done a TED Talk on changing the learning experience in schools, and given keynote addresses and workshops in Canada, the United States, Asia and Australia and has been the keynote/featured speaker at conferences in Maryland, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Maine, Hawaii and Quebec.  The father of two daughters in the K-12 system, Cale is passionate about helping educators and leaders experience and model the learning experiences we want for our students in their classrooms.

Garth Larson, Ed.D is the Co-Founder and President of FIRST Educational Resources. Garth has previously worked as the Director of Learning for the Winneconne Community School District in  northeast Wisconsin, was an elementary principal in two separate buildings and started his career in education as a high school speech and English teacher. In 2011, Garth formed Wisconsin Educational Resources (now FIRST) with a focus on improving student achievement across the United States. Since 2011, over 1500 school districts throughout the globe have become partnership districts with his company. Garth currently consults to school districts around the world and provides customized professional development around a variety of topics, mainly Professional Learning Communities 2.0, Learning-Centered Grading Practices, Leadership and School Improvement and Response to Intervention. Garth is also the co-author of PLC 2.0: Collaborating for Observable Impact in Today’s Schools with co-author Cale Birk, Collaborative Systems of Support: Learning for ALL with co-authors Tom Hierck and Chris Weber, Target-Based Grading in Collaborative Teams: 13 Steps to Moving Beyond Standards with co-author Tom Hierck, Grading for Impact: Raising Student Achievement through a Target-Based Assessment and Learning System and Target-Based Grading in Collaborative Teams.


PLC 2.0 Tools

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Back to the Future

How can what you have done in the past inform an even better future?

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Every Minute Counts

Learn to "steal" time and proactively design approaches to meet the needs of all students.

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Support Structures

Consider structures that can be prioritized in order to create a learning environment of observable impact.

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Team Impact Plan Generator

Develop your vision into an actionable plan

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