The Role of Professional Learning Communities in Successful Response to Intervention Implementation

  • Lori HelmanEmail author
  • Kay Rosheim


The authors take an in-depth look at the evolution of professional learning communities (PLCs), professional structures in which teachers, administrators, and educational specialists collaborate to understand a problem, propose, and enact new ideas, and analyze the effects of their teaching on student learning. They outline what the research literature says about PLCs’ effectiveness for improving teaching, student learning, and school productivity. They share characteristics of PLCs and how these correspond to goals and structures within a response to intervention (RTI) process. The authors also describe a data-based meeting that merges principles from the PLC and RTI literature, and present examples of schools that are integrating these two currents in school reform. Suggested resources are provided to guide PLC implementation along with recommendations for future research to enhance the role of PLCs in RTI implementation.


Student Learning Student Achievement Instructional Practice School Improvement Reading Specialist 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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