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Professional Learning Communities

K-12 PLC presentation for January school board meeting

Kelly Braun

on 29 January 2013

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Transcript of Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities:
WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? PLC Big Idea #1: Ensuring that students learn PLC Big Idea #2: A Culture of Collaboration PLC Big Idea #3: A Focus on Results Successful PLC means systems change "The professional learning community model flows from the assumption that the core mission of formal education is not simply to ensure that students are taught but to ensure that they learn. This simple shift - froma focus on teaching to a focus on learning - has profound implications on schools.
Richard DuFour, 2004 "We can achieve our fundamental purpose of high levels of learning for all students only if we work together. We cultivate a collaborative culture through the development of high performing teams."

Becky DuFour, 2007 "We assess our effectiveness on the basis of results rather than intentions. Individuals, teams, and school seek relevant data and information and use that information to promote continuous improvement.
Becky DuFour, 2007 What's the Big Idea... In a PLC, everyone learns. The school promotes learning for students and adults alike.
What will we do if
they already know it? What do we want
all students to learn? How will we know if
they have learned? How will we respond if
they don't learn it? Collaboration and shared leadership by teachers generates better results. Teachers learn best
from other teachers. How must we behave
to create the school
we want to become? Goal setting and action planning: What steps are we going to take and when will we take them? We are committed to increasing student achievement and teacher effectiveness through Professional Learning Communities.

How are we changing our systems to support our commitment to staff & students? Collaboration at the High School PSAT examination

EXPLORE/MAP for math placement

MCA data analysis to determine strengths and weaknesses

PLC conversation focus: 5 topics students appear to struggle the most with 1. Music/ Art/ Physical Education Assessments
-Written assessments
-Performance assessments

2. Data complied over last year’s vocabulary and written assessments.

3. Students responding well to assessments because of the interdisciplinary aspect.

4. Hopeful to align curriculum/collaborate more with 5-8 Specialist PLC.

8 points for completion. 5 points for late.

1.Demonstrate correct use of vocabulary
Vocabulary is correctly defined with illustrated examples.

Vocabulary is correctly defined with some illustrated examples.

Vocabulary words are listed.

2. Organization/ Spelling/ Grammar
*Grammar, punctuation and spelling errors should not detract from effective communication.

Paragraph(s) is organized with and introduction, supporting material and conclusion. No more than 1 or 2 spelling or grammatical errors.

Organization of the paragraph(s) detracts from effective communication. Spelling or grammatical errors also detract from effective communication.

Paragraph(s) is unorganized. Numerous spelling or grammatical errors.
Interdisciplinary Collaboration Example Rubric
KMHS Music/Art/Physical Education
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