“When schools become places for teachers to learn, they also become schools on the way to improvement.” Willis Hawley and Linda Valli University of Maryland. Strangers are friends you have yet to meet. Like Me.
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Willis Hawley and Linda Valli University of Maryland
Professional Learning Communities
Reading Goal: All students will improve reading skills across the curriculum.
Math Goal: All students will improve math skills across the curriculum.
(Develop a process for meeting NCA goals)
District must “intervene” to plan for ways that the district can meet the goals set within
their School Improvement or NCA Plans.
(Example: A group meets to select a strategy/strategies to implement K-12)
What the group must select for individual teachers to use to help raise student achievement.
Strategies must align with the goals set in the School Improvement or NCA Plans.
(Example: Cues, Questions and Organizers OR Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback)
The implementation of the strategy (Example: Using a Graphic Organizer to solve a story problem)
Tools support the strategies being used with the students.
Tool are used to effectively implement the strategy. Tools focus on the learning goal of a lesson.
(Professional development is required to teach teachers how to best implement
the strategy using specific tools.)
and every great teacher is learning.”
Purposeful instruction, assessment, and staff development.
Actively promote a climate of achievement: Incentives and celebrations.
Structure strong school building leadership.
Support students in building knowledge and skills for success today and tomorrow.
Is our stated purpose consistent with our daily practice?
Students’ Needs Driving
Adapted from: Johnson, D. Sustaining Change in Schools, 2005.
I Do It
We Do It
You Do It
Commitment to a Shared Purpose
Access to Information
Collaboration and Purpose
Refer to section 8 in your binder
As a team, take some time to:
they should work on building a professional community that is characterized by
a shared purpose,
collaborative activity, and
collective responsibility among staff.
What does this research tell us about schools?
What does this research tell us about teachers?
“For a flower to blossom, you need the right soil as well as the right seed.”
(William Bernback, as quoted in Developing the Leaders Around You, Maxwell)
The right atmosphere allows potential leaders to bloom and grow.
What Work in Schools: Translating Research into Action
Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement
A Handbook for Classroom Instruction That Works
Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement: Research on What Works in Schools
Classroom Management That Works: Research-based Strategies for Every Teacher
Cues, Questions and Organizers
?For something you have a question about
! For something new you learned
* For something you already knew
You will have 7 minutes to read your section and make notes.
Please be mindful of those that are still reading.
How do you think questioning is going to help you meet the NCA goals?
when confronted by a difficult problem…
“How would Superman handle this?”
Considering the ABC Graphic Organizer
the PLC Graphic Organizer . . .
What is going to be assessed and how?
Are we assessing whether teachers appropriately teach graphic organizers or questioning techniques?
Are we assessing student achievement in reading and math?
This is assessed through the state and district standardized tests.
What are we assessing?
How should we assess it?
Professional Learning Communities
Develop a Plan