SHERIDAN —  Woodland Park Elementary School was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The school’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process was a contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students, according to a press release from the school’s staff.

PLCs are schools in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is ongoing, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to focus on learning, build a collaborative culture and create a results orientation.

“Our staff works extremely hard to meet the needs of all our students,” Woodland Park Elementary School principal Paige Sanders said in the press release. “We have found that the PLC model helps us ensure every student can achieve.”

Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.

Recognized model PLC schools are listed on, where they share implementation strategies, structures and performance with other educators.

Tools for team collaboration, articles and research about PLCs, blog posts and other related resources are also available to the schools’ employees.