The term professional learning community describes a collegial group of administrators and school staff who are united in their commitment to student learning. Hord (1997b) notes, "As an organizational…
The term professional learning community describes a collegial group of administrators and school staff who are united in their commitment to student learning. Hord (1997b) notes, "As an organizational arrangement, the professional learning community is seen as a powerful staff-development approach and a potent strategy for school change and improvement." Professional Learning Communities 1 Professional LearningCommunities
They function as an effective strategy for building school capacity around core issues of teaching and learning (Darling-Hammond, 1995)
They can serve as a mechanism to transform school culture.
Professional Learning Communities 2 Why are professional learning communities important ?
…connect teachers with information, strategies and best practices. Professional Learning Communities 3 In other words, PLCs…
Schools that are highly effective produce results that almost entirely overcome the effects of student backgrounds Robert Marzano, What Works in Schools, 2003 Professional Learning Communities 4 SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
To understand how collaborative communities (PLCs) can impact teacher learning and student achievement. To understand the role we will play in PLCs. To shift our thinking from teaching to learning Professional Learning Communities 5 Our Objectives Today
Culturally Responsive Teaching Effective Instructional Strategies Examining Data Professional Learning Communities 6 Key Focus Areas
Building Based Content Based Interdisciplinary Professional Learning Communities 7 Types of PLCs at CHS
*PLCs will meet on Tuesdays (second faculty mtg. of the month) Professional Learning Communities 8 How will PLCs be organized, and when will we meet?
Focus on student performance Collaborate with colleagues during PLC time Become students of teaching and consumers of research Accept responsibility for implementing systems thatenable each student to be successful Professional Learning Communities 9 So, what’s my role?
Book Study Groups
Effective Instructional Strategies
The Achievement Gap (Race and Equity in the Classroom)
Developing Interdisciplinary Units
Cornell Note Taking
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Looking at Student Work
Professional Learning Communities 10 Examples of PLC groups
What is it we expect students to learn? How will we know when they have learned it? How will we respond when they don’t learn it? How will we respond when they already know it? Dufour, Dufour, Eaker Professional Learning Communities 11 Fundamental Questions
Professional Learning Communities 12 I know what you’re thinking…
B ut… You’ll make it through… Professional Learning Communities 13
Shared responsibility for the development of all students and collective responsibility for student success Reduced teacher isolation Powerful adult learning that shifts our focus from teaching to learning Increased understanding of content and the roles teachers play in helping all students build capacity Increased likelihood that teachers will build greater capacity for learning, will be professionally renewed and will continue to be inspired to inspire students. Professional Learning Communities 14 Observed Outcomes for staff
It is important that you understand that the PLC model is not a canned program or a step-by-step recipe for school improvement. It represents a process for making the structural and cultural changes necessary to help students achieve at higher levels and make teaching a more rewarding and satisfying profession. Du Four, DuFour, Eaker Professional Learning Communities 15 So, here’s the bottom line…
www.allthingsplc.info Linda Darling Hammond Rick and Becky DuFour Professional Learning Communities at Work (1998) Whatever It Takes (2004) Shirley Hord Karin Chenoweth It’s Being Done (2007) Peter Senge The Fifth Discipline: the Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (2006) Schools That Learn (2000) Professional Learning Communities 16 Where can I find more information?
The most critical factor in a child’s life is a caring, qualified, competent teacher ~ Linda Darling Hammond Professional Learning Communities 17 The decision is ours.Together, we CAN make a difference!
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