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Introduction to PLCs
Transcript of Introduction to PLCs
August 1, 2012 Staff Meeting
Professional Learning Communities
Discovering our Purpose
What is our focus?
"A Professional Learning Community
(PLC) is educators 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 educators."
Focus on Learning
1. What do we want students to learn? What should each
student know and be able to do as a result of each
unit, grade level, and/or course?
2. How will we know if they have learned? Are we
monitoring each student’s learning on a timely basis?
3. What will we do if they don’t learn? What systematic
process is in place to provide additional time and support for students who are experiencing difficulty?
4.What will we do if they already know it?
Build a Collaborative Culture
No school can help all students achieve at high levels if teachers work in isolation.
Schools improve when teachers are given the time and support to work together to clarify essential student learning, develop common assessments for learning, analyze evidence of student learning, and use that evidence to learn from one another.
Focus on Results
PLCs measure their effectiveness on the basis of results rather than intentions.
All programs, policies, and practices are continually assessed on the basis of their impact on student learning.
All staff members receive relevant and timely information on their effectiveness in achieving intended results.
6 Essential Characteristics of PLC
1. Shared Mission, Vision, Values, Goals
2. Collaborative Teams Focused on Learning
3. Collective Inquiry
4. Action Orientation and Experimentation
5. Commitment to Continuous Improvement
6. Results Orientation
"The success of the PLC
concept depends not on
the merits of the concept
itself, but on the most
important element in
the improvement of any
and persistence of the
educators within it."
What does this mean for us?
Revise SCCA Mission Statement based on your input.
Today we will start building our PLCs focusing on:
Evaluating our approach to collaboration.
Developing PLC norms.
Adapted from the work of Richard Dufour, Rebecca Dufour, and Robert Eaker
—adapted from Learning by Doing
We believe that all students can learn and must learn at relatively high levels of achievement. It is our job to create an environment in out classrooms that results in this high level of performance. We are confident that, with our support and help, students can master challenging academic material, and we expect them to do so. We are prepared to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, and parents to achieve this shared educational purpose