PLC an Introduction

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2. Premise. There is a persistent and persuasive mythology that impacts our profession.Improved learning for students and adults will require educators to confront the mythology and create a new story. One form of mythology comes from movies. . 3. Dead Poets Society. 4. Mr. Holland's Opus. 5. To Sir with Love.

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1. 1 PLC an Introduction Based on the work of DuFour, DuFour and Eaker 2010

2. 2 Talk about how we hole certain beliefs about school since we have all been to school The culture has certain beliefs And the media conveys their beliefs. Let’s take a look at what our movies and culture celebrate as best educators…Talk about how we hole certain beliefs about school since we have all been to school The culture has certain beliefs And the media conveys their beliefs. Let’s take a look at what our movies and culture celebrate as best educators…

3. 3 Dead Poets SocietyDead Poets Society

4. 4 Mr. Holland’s Opus Mr. Holland’s Opus

5. 5 To Sir with LoveTo Sir with Love

6. 6 Stand and Deliver Stand and Deliver

7. 7 What do they all have in common? Teacher worked alone. Only students in teacher’s class benefited. Teacher was doing everything possible for his students. So, therefore - the key to having great schools is to hire more heroic teachers. Three of these movies were based on real people. They are biographies. Two of them left the profession after three years and the third worked himself into a heart attack. Is this are plan for improving schools?Three of these movies were based on real people. They are biographies. Two of them left the profession after three years and the third worked himself into a heart attack. Is this are plan for improving schools?

8. 8 The Fallacy of the Isolated Teacher “Quality teaching is not an individual accomplishment…The idea that a single teacher, working alone, can know and do everything to meet the diverse learning needs of 30 students every day throughout the school year has rarely worked, and it certainly won’t meet the needs of learners in years to come.” - Carroll, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, 2009

9. 9 If We Implemented What We Know to be Best Practice… Schools would be organized into collaborative teams in which members work together interdependently to achieve common goals for which members of the team are mutually accountable.

10. 10 Actual practice: Most schools continue to be organized into independent classrooms staffed by relatively autonomous, independent teachers who are responsible only for what occurs in their individual classrooms - DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, 2010

11. 11 If We Implemented What We Know to be Best Practice… Teachers would work collaboratively to ensure that each student had access to the same knowledge and skills regardless of the individual teacher to whom the student was assigned. This is why placement is such an issue. Parents know that it does matter what teacher their child gets. This is why placement is such an issue. Parents know that it does matter what teacher their child gets.

12. 12 Actual practice: In most schools, what students learn is a function of the teacher to whom they are assigned. - DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, 2010

13. 13 When will our story celebrate interdependence rather than isolation?

14. 14 We increase capacity when we work together, rather than in isolation.

15. 15 Interdependence calls for individuals to share ideas, provide materials, lend a hand, and otherwise willingly and ably collaborate. (Patterson, et al., 2008)

16. 16 In an interdependent, turbulent world, our biggest opponents – our mortal enemy – may be our inability to work in concert. (Patterson, et al. , 2008)

17. 17 Team A group of people working together to achieve a common goal. If we asked twenty people to define team. They would come up with something like this:If we asked twenty people to define team. They would come up with something like this:

18. 18 By that definition, this is a team. A group of people Working in close proximity to meet a common goal. This is not a team this is a group. The person in the yellow may be working towards the same goal but she is not working with anybody as a team. She is not interdependent. By that definition, this is a team. A group of people Working in close proximity to meet a common goal. This is not a team this is a group. The person in the yellow may be working towards the same goal but she is not working with anybody as a team. She is not interdependent.

19. 19 In a team we are all interdependent (it matters what the other person does and Mutually accountable to the same goal. In a team we are all interdependent (it matters what the other person does and Mutually accountable to the same goal.

20. 20 TEAM Group of people working interdependently toward mutually accountable goals.

21. 21 Great schools row as one; they are quite clearly in the same boat, pulling in the same direction in unison. The best schools are tightly aligned communities marked by a palpable sense of “WE.” - Lickona and Davidson, 2005, p. 65

22. 22 How do We Change Current mythology of schools Current structure of schools Current effectiveness of schools One way is to implement Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s).

23. 23 What Is a PLC? Professional Learning Community

24. 24 PLC A Professional Learning Community is educators committed to working collaboratively to achieve better results for the students they serve.

25. 25 PLC’s operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous, job-embedded learning for educators. - Adapted from Learning by Doing

26. 26 Why Build A Collaborative Culture? No school can help all students achieve at high levels if teachers work in isolation. Big Idea #2 Build a Collaborative Culture Need to move schools from working in groups to working in teams. Big Idea #2 Build a Collaborative Culture Need to move schools from working in groups to working in teams.

27. 27 Schools improve when teachers are given the time and support to work together to clarify essential student learning, develop common assessments for learning, analyze evidence of student learning, and use that evidence to learn from one another.

28. 28 3 Big Ideas of a PLC Focus on Learning Build a Collaborative Culture Focus on Results The Three Big Ideas of Professional Learning CommunjitiesThe Three Big Ideas of Professional Learning Communjities

29. 29 What occurs in all Team meetings? Focus on Learning The Team determines what they want each student to learn. The Team determines how they will know when each student has learned by developing common formative assessments – checking for learning during each lesson. The Team will determine what measure to use when a student experiences difficulty in learning. The Team will determine what they will do if the student already knows it. Big idea 1 Focus on Learning The questions teams must ask and answer if they are to focus on learning. Big idea 1 Focus on Learning The questions teams must ask and answer if they are to focus on learning.

30. 30 Only we can create a new story: The time of the isolated teacher is over. The paradigm has changed. All students must learn. School structure has to change. We are the ones we have been waiting for. . We are in a different time. 50 years ago the students who were not successful in school could rely on an manufacturing job that would provide them a middle class lifestyle. Today is a different world. Every child must be successful in school to compete in a world economy and to be an active, happy and informed adult. We have changed what we expect as the outcome of school, but we have never changed the structure of school. We are the ones who need to make the change for our school and students. . We are in a different time. 50 years ago the students who were not successful in school could rely on an manufacturing job that would provide them a middle class lifestyle. Today is a different world. Every child must be successful in school to compete in a world economy and to be an active, happy and informed adult. We have changed what we expect as the outcome of school, but we have never changed the structure of school. We are the ones who need to make the change for our school and students.

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