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Central Elementary Recognized as a Model PLC at Work® School

Central Elementary Recognized as a Model PLC at Work® School
A graphic highlighting the PLC award at Central Elementary.

One of Nearly 600 Schools and Districts in the US and Canada to Receive This Honor

Solution Tree recently recognized Central Elementary School for its sustained success in raising student achievement. Central’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work ® process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of our students.

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) help schools by emphasizing that continuous, job-embedded learning for educators is crucial for enhancing student student success at high levels.
The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:

1. Focus on learning.
2. Build a collaborative culture.
3. Create a results orientation.

In response to this news, Central Elementary Principal, Ms. Kristi Mixdorf said, “We are honored to receive this recognition from Solution Tree. This award acknowledges the dedicated efforts and teamwork of the staff here at Central and the daily investment that goes into student achievement. Our team is devoted to collaborative practices and being only the 15th school in Iowa to receive this honor puts us in special company and I am immensely proud of the dedication our staff has shown on this journey over the last three years."

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. According to the Champions of PLC at Work®, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.” 

Recognized model PLC schools are listed on, where they share implementation strategies, structures, and performance with other educators interested in improving their schools. Tools for team collaboration, articles, and research about PLCs, blog posts, and other related resources are also available on the site. The site was developed and is maintained by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance. For more than 25 years, Solution Tree resources have helped K–12 teachers and administrators create schools where all children succeed.