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PLC AT Work
Gaganjot Singhon 8 August 2013
Transcript of PLC AT Work
to analyze and
professional practice in order to improve our individual and collective results.
PLC AT Work
Build school culture
where learning thrives
What is Collaboration?
Our Team's Collective Commitments
In order to make our team meetings positive and productive experiences for all members, we make the following collective commitments to each other:
S- strategic and specific
R- results oriented
T- time bound
The Big IDEAS of a PLC
Begin and end our meetings on time and stay fully engaged on the task during each meeting.
Listen respectfully to each other.
Make decisions on the basis of consensus.
Encourage one another to honor our commitments and candidly discuss our concerns when we feel a member is not living up to those commitments.
Fully support each other's efforts to improve student learning.
Maintain a positive attitude at team meetings - no complaining unless we offer a better alternative.
Contribute equally to the workload.
What is PLC?
Professional Learning Community
An ongoing process in which educators work
in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better
for the students they serve.
PLCs operate under the assumption that the key to improved
for students is continuous, job-embedded learning for educators
as the fundamental purpose of our school and therefore are willing to examine
practice in light of their impact on learning
PLCs Focus on the
Critical Questions of Learning
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 learn?
4. How will we respond when they already know it?
We are committed to working together to achieve our collective purpose. We cultivate a
Lets Understand the Key PLC Terms
Four critical questions
Four pillars of the PLC foundation
Guaranteed and viable curriculum
Envelopes may only be opened when you are told .....
You have been given an envelope labeled with letters "A, B, C, D or E"
You are in a group of five, each group having the same color on their envelope.
This activity is a puzzle that requires cooperation and team work.
RULES: No member may speak. No member may ask for a card or in any way signal that he/she wants one. Members may give cards to others.
Teams in Professional Learning Communities
ollaborate on the
SMART Dept. Goals
Will be strategically aligned with the schoolwide goal of improving student achievement, by the end of this school year
The Questions Facing Each Team
1. How will we provide additional support for students who experience initial difficulty in a way that is timely, directive, and systematic?
2. How will we enrich and extend the learning for the students who already know it?
3. Who is available to assist our team in responding to our students?
PLC Teams Are Most Effective When They
with others and take
for which they are
regarding the work to be done.
Monitor and support
others to help them succeed at what they are being asked to do.
their focus on a
number of goals and initiatives.
Acknowledge and celebrate
A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
Only happens when teachers - who are called on to deliver the curriculum - work collaboratively to :
Study the intended curriculum and agree on priorities within the curriculum.
Clarify how the curriculum translates into specific student knowledge and skills.
Establish pacing guidelines for delivering the curriculum.
Commit to one another that they will actually teach the curriculum.
4 Pillars of PLC
Ensuring high-levels of learning for all students.
Creating the structure and the culture to ensure all kids learn.
Clarifying how each individual will contribute to achieving the vision.
Identifying indicators to monitor our progress.