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Professional Learning Communities

Collaborating as a Professional Learning Community (PLC)

The Los Gatos Union School District promotes a culture of highly effective work teams that recognizes, develops, and supports the highest quality of staff who are knowledgeable, skillful and innovative. By collaborating as a PLC, students benefit from a teaching and learning community that uses best practices for enhancing student achievement, including but not limited to: vision, mission and values at the district and in schools; focus on student learning; collaboration; continuous inquiry; and focus on results. PLCs extend classroom practice into the Los Gatos learning community; bringing community partners into our schools to enhance the curriculum and learning tasks for students; and engaging students, teachers, and administrators simultaneously in the learning process.

Our promise to the children of Los Gatos is that students work toward a common set of expectations developed by teachers across the district who work in collaborative teams focused on issues that directly impact student learning and the following core values:

  • We believe in educating the whole child (academically, socially, emotionally, and physically) through a well balanced/rounded curriculum. 
  • We believe in the importance of schools, parents, and community partnering to support learning.

  • We believe that high expectations for learning and teaching will result in academic excellence.

  • We believe that students learn best in schools that are safe, nurturing, and responsive.

  • We believe that students are best prepared for the future when they know how to learn, problem solve, collaborate, and respond to change.

  • We believe in purposeful collaboration focused on learning.

  • We believe in every child’s capacity to learn.

  • We believe that quality teaching is the greatest predictor of student success.

  • We believe in educating students for global citizenship.

  • We believe that the diversity of our students, staff, and community strengthens and enriches our educational community.