Professional Learning Communities Made Easy

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This Powerpoint presentation by Faye L. Lewis, an assistant principal in Essex County New Jersey, will make Professional Learning Community implementation easy for those venturing into the worls of PLCs.


<ul><li> 1. The term professional learning community describes a collegial group of administrators and school staff who are united in their commitment to student learning. <br />Hord (1997b) notes, "As an organizational arrangement, the professional learning community is seen as a powerful staff-development approach and a potent strategy for school change and improvement." <br />Professional Learning Communities<br />1<br />Professional LearningCommunities<br /></li> <li> 2. <ul><li>They function as an effective strategy for building school capacity around core issues of teaching and learning (Darling-Hammond, 1995) </li> <li> 3. They can serve as a mechanism to transform school culture.</li></ul>Professional Learning Communities<br />2<br />Why are professional learning communities important ?<br /></li> <li> 4. connect teachers with information, strategies and best practices.<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />3<br />In other words, PLCs<br /></li> <li> 5. Schools that are highly effective produce results that almost entirely overcome the effects of student backgrounds<br />Robert Marzano,<br />What Works in Schools, 2003<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />4<br />SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE<br /></li> <li> 6. To understand how collaborative communities (PLCs) can impact teacher learning and student achievement.<br />To understand the role we will play in PLCs. <br />To shift our thinking from teaching to learning<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />5<br />Our Objectives Today<br /></li> <li> 7. Culturally Responsive Teaching<br />Effective Instructional Strategies<br />Examining Data<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />6<br />Key Focus Areas<br /></li> <li> 8. Building Based<br />Content Based<br />Interdisciplinary<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />7<br />Types of PLCs at CHS<br /></li> <li> 9. *PLCs will meet on Tuesdays <br />(second faculty mtg. of the month)<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />8<br />How will PLCs be organized, and when will we meet?<br /></li> <li> 10. Focus on student performance<br />Collaborate with colleagues during PLC time<br />Become students of teaching and consumers of research<br />Accept responsibility for implementing systems thatenable each student to be successful<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />9<br />So, whats my role?<br /></li> <li> 11. <ul><li>Book Study Groups </li> <li> 12. Effective Instructional Strategies </li> <li> 13. Data Analysis </li> <li> 14. The Achievement Gap (Race and Equity in the Classroom) </li> <li> 15. Action Research </li> <li> 16. Developing Interdisciplinary Units </li> <li> 17. Cornell Note Taking </li> <li> 18. Lesson Study* </li> <li> 19. Culturally Responsive Teaching </li> <li> 20. Looking at Student Work </li> <li> 21. Teacher Choice</li></ul>Professional Learning Communities<br />10<br />Examples of PLC groups<br /></li> <li> 22. What is it we expect students to learn?<br />How will we know when they have learned it?<br />How will we respond when they dont learn it?<br />How will we respond when they already know it?<br />Dufour, Dufour, Eaker<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />11<br />Fundamental Questions<br /></li> <li> 23. Professional Learning Communities<br />12<br />I know what youre thinking<br /></li> <li> 24. B ut<br />Youll make it through<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />13<br /></li> <li> 25. Shared responsibility for the development of all students and collective responsibility for student success<br />Reduced teacher isolation<br />Powerful adult learning that shifts our focus from teaching to learning<br />Increased understanding of content and the roles teachers play in helping all students build capacity<br />Increased likelihood that teachers will build greater capacity for learning, will be professionally renewed and will continue to be inspired to inspire students.<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />14<br />Observed Outcomes for staff<br /></li> <li> 26. It is important that you understand that the PLC model is not a canned program or a step-by-step recipe for school improvement. It represents a process for making the structural and cultural changes necessary to help students achieve at higher levels and make teaching a more rewarding and satisfying profession.<br />Du Four, DuFour, Eaker<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />15<br />So, heres the bottom line<br /></li> <li> 27.<br />Linda Darling Hammond <br />Rick and Becky DuFour<br />Professional Learning Communities at Work (1998)<br />Whatever It Takes (2004)<br />Shirley Hord<br />Karin Chenoweth<br />Its Being Done (2007)<br />Peter Senge<br />The Fifth Discipline: the Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (2006)<br />Schools That Learn (2000)<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />16<br />Where can I find more information?<br /></li> <li> 28. The most critical factor in a childs life is a caring, qualified, competent teacher<br />~ Linda Darling Hammond<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />17<br />The decision is ours.Together, we CAN make a difference!<br /></li> </ul>