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  1. May 9th, 2012 An introduction based upon Learning By Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work Cincinnatus, LaFayette, & McGraw CSDs Renee M. Burnett * OCM BOCES Network Team

  2. Agenda

  3. Outcomes

  4. What a PLC isNOT

  5. Your PLC Journey • Modify the change to be more in line with the existing culture • Alter the culture to be more in line with the proposed change • Or prepare to fail David Salisbury & Daryl Conner, 1994


  6. Traditional School StructureIndependent Kingdoms

  7. Big Idea of PLCs

  8. Pseudo PLC StructureIndividual Kingdomsorganized into isolated groups on an infrequent basis

  9. Big Ideas of PLCs

  10. Grade Level meetings Are we talking about the right things?

  11. = A cohesive school organized into interdependent collaborative teams united by a PLC foundation True PLC Structure Vertical Dialogue

  12. Big Ideas of PLCs

  13. CFA Crosswalk PLC Journey

  14. PLC Themes

  15. Your PLC Journey

  16. Promoting a clear & compelling purpose The PLC Journey

  17. Breathing Life into mission statements MISSION VISION VALUES GOALS HOW? How must we behave to achieve our vision? HOW WILL WE MARK OUR PROGRESS? WHY? Why do we exist? WHAT? What must our school become to accomplish our purpose? COLLECTIVE COMMITMENTS TARGETS & TIMELINES FUNDAMENTAL PURPOSE COMPELLING FUTURE Clarifies priorities & Sharpens focus Gives directions Establishes priorities Guides behaviors

  18. Key Ideas

  19. CFA Crosswalk PLC Journey

  20. Creating a focus on learning The PLC Journey

  21. QUESTIONS THAT DRIVE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES 4

  22. 1 What do we want each student to learn?

  23. Levels of Curricula To impact the attained curriculum in the most powerful way, make certain the implemented curriculum is guaranteed and viable.

  24. If we want all students to learn at high levels, those who teach them must be able to answer the question “Learn what?” with a consistent voice.

  25. 2 How will we know if each student has learned it?

  26. Doug Reeves, 2007 In my reviews of accountability data from hundreds of schools, the schools with the greatest gains in achievement consistently happen to use common assessments and collaborative scoring by faculty.

  27. Key Ideas

  28. CFA Crosswalk PLC Journey

  29. How will we respond when some students don’t Learn? The PLC Journey

  30. 3 4 How will we respond when some students already know it? How will we respond when some students do not learn it?

  31. The School’s Response

  32. Key Ideas

  33. CFA Crosswalk PLC Journey

  34. Building A Collaborative culture The PLC Journey

  35. Most Promising Practices for Improving Student Learning John Hattie (2009), Visible Learning

  36. The question is not Do we collaborate? but rather What do we collaborate about?

  37. True Collaboration Congenial Harmony

  38. Team Learning Process

  39. Key Ideas

  40. CFA Crosswalk PLC Journey

  41. Using relevant information to improve results The PLC Journey

  42. D R I P

  43. Key Ideas

  44. CFA Crosswalk PLC Journey

  45. Consensus & conflict The PLC Journey

  46. Key Ideas

  47. Key Points for leading a plc initiative

  48. Resources

  49. Contact information Thank You! Renee M. Burnett rburnett@ocmboces.org