Professional L earning Communities. The Why , The What , and The How of Implementing PLC’s. Why be a community of Professional learners?. The process is a good form, a user friendly form of INNOVATION in a school
The Why, The What, and The How of Implementing PLC’s
“Good is the enemy of great…..good organizational performance can cause complacency and inertia instead of inspiring the continuous improvement essential to sustained greatness.”
Jim Collins, 2001
Incremental change fine-tunes the system (Your school and system) through a series of small steps that do not depart radically from the past set of procedures, expectations, and experiences
“Merging is change, but can be autonomous”
The rationale for any strategy for building a learning organization revolves around the premise that this organization will produce dramatically improved results.”
Peter Senge, 1994, p.44
The PLC by nature is an Umbrella: maintaining Autonomy and unique styleIt should not protect you from having to work together, it should provide a safe venue to be accountable and to work together
Most of us have an ever expanding “to-do” list, trying to build momentum by doing, doing, doing---and doing more. And it rarely works. Those who build good to great [teams and organizations] make as much use of “stop doing lists” as they can with “to-do” lists. They have the discipline to stop doing all the extraneous junk.”
Jim Collins, Good to Great, p.139
Total Instructional Alignment
which leads to
which leads to
Response to Intervention
Getting started maintaining Autonomy and unique style
1. What are the students to supposed to be learning?
2. How do we know they are learning?
3. What are we doing if they are not learning?
“The most effective change processes are incremental—they break down big problems into small, doable steps and get a person to say ‘yes’ numerous times, not just once. They plan for small wins that form the basis for a consistent pattern of winning that appeals to people’s desire to belong to a successful venture. A series of small wins provides a foundation for stable building blocks for change.”
-James Kouzes and Barry Posner (1987, p.210)