Rethinking PLCs in Today’s Schools

Event Details



December 7, 2022

School Teacher


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Central

Empty Classroom


Session Occurs on Zoom



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“We collaborate about standards, when do we talk about the challenges in my class?”

“Every outcome is important—they’re all essential!.”

“This might work for departments like English or Math, but I am the only Spanish teacher—who do I collaborate with?”

“Getting ready to lead collaboration time feels like another prep.”

“Can I collaborate by myself?”
Do any of these sound familiar? Do they sound similar to things you hear when you are working in your PLCs? If so, you are not alone. Thousands and thousands of districts across North America and the globe have spent time, effort and resources over the last two decades to create embedded time within the school day for educators to collaborate. And while the research behind professional learning communities collaborating to improve their teaching is clear, the application of professional learning communities and collaborative time can be foggy for educators at all levels of the system.  Join us for the FREE 60 minute webinar on how to Rethink Your PLCs to ensure each of your collaborative teams are functioning with a sense of purpose to ensure the collaborative actions they engage in lead to the highest level of observable impact in each of their schools and classrooms.


Cale Birk

Cale Birk

Cale Birk is a former Head of Innovation from British Columbia, Canada 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 PLC 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. Using the lens of ‘impact’ rather than ‘action’, Cale has helped District leaders, school leaders and teachers reimagine and implement team plans, school plans and strategic plans that matter to educators and can actually be observed where it matters the most–in classrooms with students and teachers.  In addition to his work as an author and facilitator, Cale has done a TED Talk and given keynote addresses and workshops in Canada, the United States, Asia, New Zealand and Australia and has been the keynote/featured speaker at conferences in numerous states and provinces around North America.  In one of his latest projects, Cale is developing a global collaboration/observation network for school leaders from around the world to bring international perspectives, ideas and solutions to instructional challenges in our schools. 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. 

Gabe Hackett

Gabe Hackett

Gabe Hackett is the former principal of Little Mountain Elementary in Monticello, MN.. He is passionate about using the Observable Impact tools and protocols to strengthen collaborative teams. Gabe and his team at Little Mountain helped to develop the Team Impact Plan Generator Tool which is currently being used by many schools across the United States and Canada to make learning observable. He has also assisted in launching the Observable Impact model with the Tewksbury School District in Massachusetts. Gabe lives in Albertville, MN with his wife (Heidi) and two kids (Griffin and MarLee).


Dr. Garth Larson

Garth Larson, Ed.D is the Co-Founder and CEO 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 2000 school districts throughout the globe have become partnership districts with his company. Garth currently consults with 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. Garth is also the author of "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 "PLC 2.0: Collaborating for Observable Impact in Today’s Schools" with co-author Cale Birk.