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Professional Learning Communities. A school-wide approach to ensure that all students learn. PLC’s.

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Professional learning communities

Professional Learning Communities

A school-wide approach to

ensure that all students learn


Plc s

PLC’s

Definition: “…A Professional Learning Community is a collaboration of teachers, administrators, parents, and students who work together to seek out the best practices, test them in the classroom, continuously improve processes, and focus on results.”

Rick DuFour, 2002.

Bowie High School


Plc s1

PLC’s

Fundamental Assumptions

  • We can make a difference: Our schools can be more effective.

  • Improving our people is the key to improving our schools.

  • Significant school improvement will impact teaching and learning.

Bowie High School


Plc s2

PLC’s

One Thing

The ONE thing about a Professional Learning Community is that learning, rather than teaching, is the fundamental purpose of your school.

Bowie High School


Plc s3

PLC’s

  • Focus on Learning

    • What do we want students to learn?

    • How will we know if they have learned?

    • What will we do if they don’t learn?

    • What will we do if they already know it?

Bowie High School


Plc s4

PLC’s

Bowie High School


Plc s5

PLC’s

  • Focus on Learning

  • Build a Collaborative Culture

    • no school can help all students achieve at high levels if teachers work in isolation

    • Schools improve when teachers are given time and support to work together to clarify essential student learning, develop common assessments, analyze evidence of student learning, and use that evidence to learn from one another

Bowie High School


Plc s6

PLC’s

  • Focus on Learning

  • Build a Collaborative Culture

  • Focus on Results

    • PLC’s measure their effectiveness on the basis of results rather than intentions

    • All programs, policies, and practices are continually assessed on the basis of their impact on student learning

    • All staff member receive relevant and timely information on their effectiveness in achieving intended results

Bowie High School


Plc s7

PLC’s

  • Focus on Learning

  • Build a Collaborative Culture

  • Focus on Results

    Katy ISD: Cinco Ranch

Bowie High School


Handouts

Handouts

  • Cultural Shifts in a Professional Learning Community

  • The Professional Learning Community Continuum

  • Critical Issues for Team Consideration

  • Questions to Guide the Work of Your Professional Learning Community

  • Team SMART Goal-setting Plan, Worksheet, and Sample

Bowie High School


Plc s8

PLC’s

Steps to Success

  • Jump In

    • start anywhere; somewhere; NOW

  • Establish Norms

  • Align the Curriculum

  • Create Common Assessments

    • formative; summative; not necessarily tests

  • Analyze and Use the Results

  • Reteach and Enrich

  • Do It All Over Again

Bowie High School


Plc s9

PLC’s

Questions?

All Things PLC

Bowie High School


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