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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/

agenda
Agenda
  • 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

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PLCs
  • What is a professional learning community?
  • Getting Started PLCs: Introduction
  • http://www.allthingsplc.info/tools/samples.php
slide6
PLCs
  • What is your definition of a professional learning community?
  • Review voicethread submissions:
  • http://voicethread.com/share/1328446/
slide8
PLCs
  • 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
benefits of plcs2
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.
reflections
Reflections
  • www.polleverywhere.com
  • In a word or phrase, describe today’s RISL experience:
    • To: 22333
    • Subject: 29692 and your message
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!

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