PLCs at Athena Middle and High

Athena Middle and High School collaborate in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).  The PLC process is “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, p. 11).  This process is sometimes refered to as the PLT (Professional Learning Team) process.  The PLCs/PLTs are divided by subject or topic and meet bimonthly to discuss best practice, analyze common formative assessment (CFA) data, and focus on student learning.  A CFA is an instrument that is used by all members of the PLC in order to inform both the teacher and the student of the student’s progress (DuFour et al., 2010).  The CFA data is analyzed to determine which students need additional time and instruction and to identify the teaching strategies that proved to be effective.

Some things to remember when implementing the PLC process:

Three Big Ideas That Drive the Work of a PLC

  1. The purpose of our school is to ensure all students learn at high levels.
  2. Helping all students learn requires a collaborative and collective effort.
  3. To assess our effectiveness in helping all students learn we must focus on results–evidence of student learning–and use results to inform and improve our professioanl practice and respond to students who need intervention or enrichment.

Four Critical Questions of the PLC Process

  1. What is it we expect kids 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?

Please let me know the great things that you are doing in your PLCs.  If anyone wants help in moving their PLC to the next level, please LET ME KNOW as I am happy to help.

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Posted on October 25, 2011, in Athena High Best Practices, Athena Middle Best Practices, Research & Strategies and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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