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Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES. Regional Institute for School Leadership http://regionalinstituteforschoolleadership.wikispaces.com/. Agenda. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) Learning Teams Leadership & PLCs Action Planning. Learning Objectives.

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Putnam northern westchester boces

Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES

Regional Institute for School Leadershiphttp://regionalinstituteforschoolleadership.wikispaces.com/


  • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

  • Learning Teams

  • Leadership & PLCs

  • Action Planning

Learning objectives
Learning Objectives

  • Describe concepts related to professional learning communities, learning teams and distributed leadership

  • Identify how to change the way that professional development is thought of and conducted

  • Describe various strategies for building instructional capacity and improving student achievement

Mission of education
Mission of Education

  • The core mission of formal education is not simply to ensure that students are taught but to ensure that they learn.

    - Richard DuFour


  • What is a professional learning community?

  • Getting Started PLCs: Introduction

  • http://www.allthingsplc.info/tools/samples.php


  • What is your definition of a professional learning community?

  • Review voicethread submissions:

  • http://voicethread.com/share/1328446/


  • PLC framework:

  • A solid foundation consisting of collaboratively developed and widely shared mission, vision, values and goals

  • Collaborative teams that work interdependently to achieve common goals

  • A focus on results as evidenced by a commitment to continuous improvement

    Source:Getting Started by Robert Eaker, Richard DuFour, & Rebecca DuFour

Learning teams
Learning Teams

  • Learning Teams:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9O8VOfOx_E

Learning teams activity
Learning Teams Activity

  • Small Group Activity:

    • Select a facilitator, reporter, recorder and timekeeper

  • Group 1 = Identify the key principles of learning teams

  • Group 2 = Identify how learning teams benefit schools

  • Group 3 = Identify how learning teams are similar to PLCs and how they are different

  • Large Group Activity:

    • Reporters from each small group will share responses

Learning teams1
Learning Teams

  • Six learning team principles & practices:

  • Shared values and goals

  • Collective responsibilities

  • Authentic assessment

  • Self-directed reflection

  • Stable settings

  • Strong leadership support

Leadership plcs
Leadership & PLCs

  • Getting Started PLCs: Resources & Leadership:

  • http://www.allthingsplc.info/tools/samples.php

  • Large Group Activity:

  • Using a modified final word protocol, identify major themes from the article entitled Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning

Leadership plcs1
Leadership & PLCs

  • Effective leaders:

    • Provide direction and influence

    • Focus on improving teaching and learning

    • Promote collective leadership

    • Create a school-wide focus on goals and expectations for student achievement

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Benefits of PLCs

  • Reduction of isolation

  • Increased commitment to the mission and goals of the school

  • Shared responsibility for student success

  • Greater job satisfaction and higher morale

  • Lower rates of absenteeism (Hord, 1997)

  • Sustained school improvement efforts (DuFour & Eaker, 1998)

    Source: http://www.centerforcsri.org/plc/literature.html

Action plan
Action Plan

  • Small group activity:

  • Using the PLC gap analysis worksheet, determine how the creation of or maintenance of a professional learning community can be incorporated into your action plan.


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Thank you
Thank You!

  • The remaining RISL sessions will be held in the East Conference Room (School Services Building) on:

    • Thursday, January 13 from 8:00-4:00

    • Friday, January 14 from 8:00-12:00

      Happy Holidays!