We are currently building a professional learning community to deploy next school year. It is unique at our school because it will be year-long (usually our PLCs are in the spring), it will guide participants through the goal-setting process (we already set yearly goals), and will involve mentorship by an instructional coach and membership in a small cohort of teachers.
There is so much to celebrate about this plan! First, teachers get to set stretch goals - REAL goals that they really care about! And they have a cohort of peers and a coach to help them through this process.
We plan to intersperse fun announcements (Share your favorite school-safe meme...etc.) with comments enabled to continue to build that sense of community within the group without making it feel forced because it is a "grade".