Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Educational Leadership


This research explored the experiences of educators with a professional learning community (PLC) and focused on their perceptions of what constituted essential elements for an effective PLC. This mixed methods study sought to understand more completely the group dynamics of various PLC teams in a Maine rural school with an emphasis on defining key components of those communities. This study revealed that if key elements such as trust, respect and collaboration were in place, then PLCs were often able to fulfill its designated purpose. Findings determined that PLCs at the school had the prerequisite key elements and thus could be highly effective.


Affiliation: RSU 9



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