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Green Bay Southwest High School

Building Our Professional Learning Community
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Rod Bohm

on 4 March 2013

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Building Our Professional Learning Community Green Bay Southwest High School The goal of a professional learning community is not simply to learn a new strategy, but instead to create conditions for perpetual learning - an environment in which innovation and experimentation are viewed not as tasks to be accomplished or projects to be completed but as ways of conducting day-to-day business, forever. Three Big Ideas of PLCs at Work What are Professional Learning Communities? 1. A Focus On Learning...

The very essence of a learning community is a focus on and a commitment to the learning of each student. When a school functions as a PLC, school staff members within the organization embrace high levels of learning for all students as both the reason the organization exists and the fundamental responsibility of those who work within it. What are Professional Learning Communities? Three Big Ideas of PLCs at Work 2. A Collaborative Culture...

A PLC is composed of collaborative teams whose members work interdependently to achieve common goals linked to purpose of learning for all. Three Big Ideas of PLCs at Work What are Professional Learning Communities? 3. A Focus on Results...

members of a PLC realize that all of their efforts must be assessed on the basis of results rather than intentions. What is it we want our students to learn? Four Critical Guiding Questions (essential, guaranteed, and viable curriculum) How will we know if each student has learned it? (frequent, team-developed, common formative assessments) How will we respond when some students don't learn it? (timely, directive, systematic intervention) How can we extend and enrich the learning for students who have demonstrated proficiency? (timely, enriched content, extended activities) Critical Guiding Question #1 What is it we want all students to learn? PLC Schools...
Identify specific skills students must learn in a short period of time (slice the curriculum).

Assure the skills identified by the team have endurance, leverage, and ready the student for success at the next level.
Endurance = what knowledge and skills the students are expected to retain over time.
Leverage = the skills that will help the student in other areas of the curriculum.
Readiness = students will need these skills for the next unit, course, or grade level.

Typical Schools...
Mandating that students learn all the skills identified in the program of studies (standards/benchmarks).
Identifying what is important for students to learn in isolation of other professionals teaching the curriculum or grade. Guiding Question #2 How will we know if each student has learned it? How will we know if each student has learned it? Critical Guiding Question #2 PLC Schools...
Assess that students learned essential skills as identified by the team.
Develop, administer, and analyze data from teacher/CLT made frequent, formative, common assessments.
Formative Assessment [Practice] = assessment that occurs during the learning process and provides feedback to both students and teachers to help improve learning. Examples of formative assessments are initial or diagnostic assessments, early drafts, first tries, practice assignments, etc.
Develop action plans based on the learning data.
Focus on the learning for each student.
Provide feedback to students on a frequent basis (weekly?).
Giving students multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning of the essential skills.

Traditional Schools...
Independently developing assessments for teams to administer or independent administration of tests.
Making instructional decisions based only on the program of study or state standards.
Making students wait until after summative assessment or grade reporting periods to identify the status of their learning.
Summative Assessment [Game Day]= assessment that occurs at the end of a significant period of learning and summarizes student achievement of that learning.
Grading students on responsibility, participation, habits, effort, etc. How will we respond when some students don't learn it? Critical Question #3 PLC Schools...
Create systems to assure all students WILL receive additional time and support as needed and when needed.
Develop support systems that have a clear exit plan for the student.
Develop a 3-tier pyramid of interventions to support student learning.
Tier 1 - norms and commitments to assure learning takes place.
Tier 2 - supports designed to support students that are experiencing difficulty and would benefit from more time and support opportunities.
Tier 3 - supports are more direct and are specifically design for students when problems continue to persist.

Traditional School...
Create systems that rely solely on the individual teacher input and effort.
Develop a support system that offers the student with the choice/option to participate in additional help.
Rely only on support systems where students must attend regardless of status of improvement. What It TaKes To Be #1 Together We WILL!! Live. Love. Learn. Leave a Legacy. Together We Will! Getting on the Same Page - Uniting as a PLC Our Agenda for Today 3 Big Ideas of PLCs at Work
4 Guiding Questions that Drive PLCs
Closer examination of #1, #2, and #3
Collaborative Learning Teams' Professional Work One question you have about engaging/leading in a PLC. How Much Do You Want to Succeed? How Much Do You Want to Succeed? Together We Will! Together We Will! Part II How Much Do You Want to Succeed? Together We Will! Part 2 Together We Will! How Much Do You Want to Succeed? Part 2 Miracles Do Happen!

What are your goals for the two professional learning days?
What will you do to reach those goals?
What evidence will you use to show you met your goals? Goal Setting Please write down... A professional learning community (PLC) is a group of people committed to working collaboratively in ongoing processes of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve.

PLCs operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous, job-embedded learning for the educators. What is a professional learning community? PLC Goal Andrew Heimerman, ELA
Heidi Baez, ELA
Becky Schenkelberg, ELA
David Van Lieshout, Math
Catherine Kollath, Science
Melissa Monette, Science
Carla Zimmerman, Agri-Sci
Sheryl King, FCS
Brittany Djurhuus, Spanish
Mark Peot, Music
Bruce Leroy, Phy Ed
David Cash, Tech Ed
Cheri Robinson, REPO
Lauren Mattke, DHH
Jennifer Lucht, Spec Ed
Nicole Russell, Spec Ed
Dusti Evans, S3
Anna VandeHey, SSW
Marcia Shefchik, RN Welcome to
Green Bay Southwest High School! Together We Will! A professional learning community is composed of teams whose members work interdependently to achieve common goals linked to the purpose of learning for all.

A PLC requires a strong, healthy, professional partnership:
A partnership that is based on trust in the competence of self and others.
A partnership that is committed to human potential.
A partnership with a willingness to change your mind and the plan.
A partnership that is an ongoing commitment, not a one-time experiment or event. What is a professional learning community? A PLC has a supportive culture
that motivates and inspires
all members to be
BOLD, CREATIVE, and INNOVATIVE! Together We Will! Partnership requires a lot from everyone.

It is HARD WORK! Goals are absolutely essential to partnership and the collaborative learning team process.

DuFour...a team...group of people working together interdependently to achieve a common goal for which members are held mutually accountable.

In the absence of a common goal, there can be no true team...no opportunity to partner.



Stephen Covey's example based on a recent Harris Poll. Goals are essential to the collaborative learning team process. Effective Goals... Identify the targets and timelines that enable all team members to answer the question, "How will we know if all of this is making a difference?"
Provide a sense of short-term priorities.
Foster both the results orientation of a PLC and the individual/team accountability for achieving the results.
Help close the gap between the current reality and where we hope to take the school.
Contribute to sustaining the momentum of our continuous school improvement initiative. Effective Goals How do we remain focused on results? We will resume in 15 minutes. Let's take a break! Go Trojans! We are people of courageous determination and energy! Together We Will Pursue Learning
Build Confidence
Demonstrate Pride
Create Opportunities
Encourage Acceptance
Inspire Greatness Go Southwest Trojans! Give One, Take One Partnership
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