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PLCs Step 0

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Rachel Zick

on 14 July 2013

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Professional Learning Communities
Group IQ
"There is such a thing as group IQ. While a group can be no smarter than the sum total of the knowledge and skills of its members, it can be much 'dumber' if its internal workings don't allow people to share their talents." --Robert Sternberg (1988)
What is collaboration?
A systemic process in which we work together interdependently to analyze and impact professional practice in order to improve our individual and collective results.

--DuFour, DuFour & Eaker, Getting Started: Reculturing Schools to Become Professional Learning Communities (2002)
The critical question in a PLC is not, "Do we collaborate?" but rather "What do we collaborate about?" You must not settle for "collaboration lite."

~DuFour, DuFour & Eaker
Critical Questions: If we believe all kids can learn
1. What is it we expect them to learn?
2. How will we know when they have learned it?
3. How will we respond when they don't?
4. How will we respond when they already know it?
Throughout our ten-year study, whenever we found an effective school or an effective department within a school, without exception that school or department has been a part of a collaborative professional learning community.

-Milbrey McLaughlin
Creating a collaborative culture is the single most important factor for successful school improvement initiatives and the first order of business for those seeking to enhance the effectiveness of their schools.

~Eastwood and Lewis
Collaboration embedded in routine practices
Time for collaboration built in school day and school calendar
Teams focus on key questions
Products of collaboration are made explicit
Team norms guide collaboration
Teams pursue specific and measurable performance goals
Teams have access to relevant information
Keys to Effective Teams
Collaborative Teams
Action Steps
Strategic and Specific
Time bound
Linked to vision
Few in number
Focus on desired outcome
Measurable performance standards
Traditional School
Learning Community
Focus on means rather than ends
Difficult to Measure
Not monitored
Identify a SMART goal
Big Ideas
1. Ensure that all students learn.
2. Build a collaborative culture.
3. Establish a focus on results.
Conzemius and O'Neil (2002)
What is a PLC?
"...an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve." --DuFour, DuFour, Eaker & Many (2010).
Who? What? How?
Collaborative teams
Collective inquiry
Action orientation/experimentation
Commitment to continuous improvement
Results orientation
Characteristics of a
Professional Learning Community
Develop written protocols or norms
Use the 5 Guiding Questions as a driving force
Work with CCSS
Reflect on learning and PLC process
3 Big Ideas
1. Ensure that all students learn.
2. Build a collaborative culture.
3. Establish a focus on results.
["Principals of the most effective schools] were at the center rather than at the top of their school's organization. To facilitate consensus building and collective effort, they shared power.....Their actions encouraged teacher leadership and ....nurtured decision making by teachers." (Newmann & Associates, 1996, pp. 292, 258)
Shared leadership is based on the concept of the school as a community of learners and recognition of the fact that the principal can't do it along (Hallinger, 2007).
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