• 2023-24 School Year:  PLC Mondays


    Professional Learning Communities (PLC) is a research-based collaborative structure used by educators to continuously learn, improve, and adapt teaching methods to help improve student outcomes. ASD will be implementing this weekly 1 hour structure which will support the District’s Board goals around Reading, Math, and College, Career, and Life Readiness.


    What is it? PLC's have been in the Anchorage School District since 2016 at the high school level. Now, school for all grades will start one hour later, ONLY on Mondays. Expanding PLCs districtwide next school year is a big but exciting change. Providing this consistent professional development and collaboration time is a valuable tool that will help teachers and school staff support and adjust to student learning needs. We believe that the hour dedicated to teacher learning and collaboration on Mondays will move the needle for student achievement and greatly benefit all ASD students. PLCs equals improved classroom experiences, which leads to better student outcomes.
    Bus transportation will start one hour later on PLC Mondays only. School will end at a regular time.
    Families may still drop their student(s) off at the regular start time. This will allow families to have an option for a consistent drop off time every day as we adjust to this change in the student day. While teachers participate in their professional development, other staff members will be onsite to supervise students.
    Changing school start times is based on existing science and national research. Locally, the District hosted focus groups, numerous interviews with appropriate medical professionals, three community town hall meetings, and a survey that received 9,926 responses.  The results supported the Board’s vote in moving to a different school start time model.  


    PLC Monday Schedule  

       Start Time   

       Release Time   

    High School

    8:30 a.m.

    2:00 p.m.

    Middle School

    9:15 a.m.

    2:45 p.m.

    Elementary School

    10:00 a.m.

    3:30 p.m.

    *In some cases, charter or alternative programs may have a different schedule.

    For school schedules Tuesday-Friday, please click here.

    Our partners in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District launched a similar PLC initiative. Here’s a link to learn more about their model:  https://sites.google.com/view/plcmondays/home 

PLC Mondays FAQs

  • When do PLC Mondays begin?

  • Which schools will have PLC Mondays?

  • When can I drop my student off on Mondays?

  • What is a Professional Learning Community?

  • Why are PLCs important and how do they benefit student success/outcomes?

  • Who else uses PLCs?

  • Will the loss of instruction time from PLC Monday’s need to be made up?

  • Will PLCs be made up on Tuesdays if school is canceled on Monday due to inclement weather or holiday?

Last Modified on December 5, 2023