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  • 1. Professional Learning Communities
    Transform your group into a team! by Joan Richardson
    Reviewed by J. Polakovsky
  • 2. The Big Question
    How do you move from being a group of people with a common characteristic — such as teaching the same subject or grade level — to being a team or a community with a common vision and focus?
    “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…” – John Donne
    Professional learning community is the new name for team.
  • 3. Not all Groups are Teams
  • 4. PLC is a Team with an Intentional Focus on Learning
    Devote time for group  team development
    Spend time on the basics
    Four stages of group development
  • 5. Updating the Team Development Wheel
    Community Development- the making of a team
  • 6. The Principal’s Role
    Spend time on basics
    Understand the team development process
    Give time to conversations about “how to do the work”
    Avoid plunging in
    Time must be given to trust and relationship building
    Realize that every group feels special
    Groups need predictable stages
    Groups need to know that conflict is natural.
  • 7. Developing Norms
    Teams need to create norms by which all will abide.
    An activity enables groups to develop these ground rules.
    Often making task an anonymous one ensures ideas are expressed freely.
    Supplies can range from same type of pens, index cards, poster paper, display board, tape and tacks.
    Task should take a total of two hours.
    Post Norms in the teaming room
  • 8. An Example
    We will work together as a community that values consensus rather than majority rule.
    We will be fully present at the meeting by becoming familiar with materials before we arrive and by being attentive to behaviors which affect physical and mental engagement.
    We will invite and welcome the contributions of every member and listen to each other.
    We will be involved to our individual level of comfort. Each of us is responsible for airing disagreements during the meeting rather than carrying those disagreements outside the meeting.
  • 9. Which stage is your team in? Use a questionnaire.
    Questionnaires contain statements about teamwork at the various levels.
    Rank each question from “Almost Never” to “Almost Always”
    The following link will lead you to 32 good questions and to what stage each belongs for scoring purposes.:
    At What Stage is Your Team? Questionnaire
  • 10. R.E.A.C.H.
    Risk-Takers building a PLC take an adjustment of thought, procedures and time. Major changes will have to occur.
    Effectiveness develops after the team is created and plans can be enacted.
    Autonomy is not being that island unto oneself but rather displaying independent thought responsibly. This initiative adds to the strength of the group.
    Collegiality is a promotion of community.
    Honor is displayed by treating others with respect and dignity
  • 11. Food for Thought
    No one of us can be effective as all of us. Unknown
  • 12. Build with your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another, and of strength derived from unity in the pursuit of your objective.
    –Vince Lombardi
  • 13. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; and working together is success.
    Henry Ford
  • 14. Resources
    Richardson, Joan. Transform Your Group into a TEAM, Tools for Schools, Vol. 9, No. 2,November/December 2005.
    Merideth, Eunice. Leadership Strategies for Teachers, 2nd ed. Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA. 2007.
    Heart Sutra
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