The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to identify the successes and challenges in establishing professional learning communities (PLC) within 25 school districts in southwest Minnesota. Data was generated by school principals completing a closed-ended online survey that revealed degrees of implementation of PLCs. Survey data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and provided a foundation for the development of semi-structured focus group questions. This was a sequential mixed methods study, as the quantitative data was first collected followed by obtaining qualitative focus group data. Themes were generated during data analysis of the focus group questions and findings revealed successes and challenges of establishing PLCs. The results informed school leaders, stakeholders, and researchers regarding successes and challenges of implementing PLCs, which will provide guidance to districts establishing them in the future.


Candace F. Raskin

First Committee Member

Kathleen Foord

Second Committee Member

Jerry Robischeau

Date of Degree




Document Type



Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership



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