About Us

PLC Associates Researchers

Since 2012, three of the initial researchers, Dianne F. Olivier, Jane Bumpers Huffman, and D’Ette Fly Cowan have continued their research to enhance understanding of practices of successful learning communities. The following are short biographies, comprehensive curriculum vitae (CVs), and contact information for these researchers.

Dianne F. Olivier, Ph. D.

Jane Bumpers Huffman, Ed. D.

D’Ette Fly Cowan, Ed. D.

Evolution of PLC Associates

Our 20-year history began in 1997 in a project directed by Dr. Shirley M. Hord at Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL). In the beginning, our collaboration  focused on schools as PLCs. During the last decade, however, our research has evolved to the identification of best practices relating to the critical role of both school and district leadership as foundational for essential systemic reform.

Read further to learn about our history as PLC researchers, as well as to gain information about our current initiatives, including school, district, and global PLC best practices.

Consulting Services

Consulting and coaching services may be offered to school and district leaders, researchers, and faculty in educational leadership or teacher education departments related to PLC and leadership development. Read further to gain more information about our consulting services.

Contact Us

For general information about the PLC dimensions, assessments, tools, learning modules, or publications, email [email protected].