Introduction to PLCS

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This introduction to PLCs leads teams through describing characteristics of PLCs, understanding what a collaborative team is and exploring how the 4 critical questions can guide our work.

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Introduction to PLCS

  1. 1. Dr. Marci Shepard  Orting School District  Teacher University  October 8, 2010 Learning by Doing DuFour, DuFour, Eaker & Many I can identify and describe thecharacteristics of a ProfessionalLearning Community (PLC).
  2. 2. Learning by Doing• Professional Learning Communities = Collaborative Teams• Not new – system-wide common language• 3 Big ideas: A focus on • Learning • Collaboration • ResultsDr. Marci Shepard  Orting School District  Teacher University  October 8, 2010
  3. 3. Learning  Collaboration  Results Identify Characteristics of a PLC With your table group, complete the first row of the graphic organizer based on your current understanding and experience.Dr. Marci Shepard  Orting School District  Teacher University  October 8, 2010
  4. 4. Learning  Collaboration  Results Identify Characteristics of a PLC •Watch PLC Schools video clip •With your table group, add information to the second row of your graphic organizer.Dr. Marci Shepard  Orting School District  Teacher University  October 8, 2010
  5. 5. Learning  Collaboration  Results Identify Characteristics of a PLC •Look at pages 187-189 of the book. •With your table group, add information to the third row of your graphic organizer.Dr. Marci Shepard  Orting School District  Teacher University  October 8, 2010
  6. 6. Learning  Collaboration  Results Describe the Characteristics of a PLC •Use the information you collected on the graphic organizer. •With your table group, develop a definition of a PLC. •Turn them in to the Treasure Chest when you leave.Dr. Marci Shepard  Orting School District  Teacher University  October 8, 2010
  7. 7. Orting School District  Teacher University  October 8, 2010 Learning by Doing DuFour, DuFour, Eaker & Many I know what a “collaborative team”is and how the 4 critical questionscan guide our work.Dr. Marci Shepard  Orting School District  Teacher University  October 8, 2010
  8. 8. Learning  Collaboration  Results Collaborative Teams •Teachers collaborating does nothing to improve schools. •We must collaborate on the right things. •It’s a means, not an end.Dr. Marci Shepard  Orting School District  Teacher University  October 8, 2010
  9. 9. Learning  Collaboration  Results Collaborative Teams •Page 219: Collaborative teams definitionDr. Marci Shepard  Orting School District  Teacher University  October 8, 2010
  10. 10. Learning  Collaboration  Results Four Critical Questions •Page 21, #4 : 4 Critical Questions • What do students need to learn? • How will we know if they learned it? • What will we do if they do not learn? • What will we do if they already know it?Dr. Marci Shepard  Orting School District  Teacher University  October 8, 2010
  11. 11. Learning  Collaboration  Results Collaborative Teams and 4 Critical Questions•View “Focus on Learning” video clip(OHS 13:35) • Do you consider the team to be a collaborative team according to the definition on page 219? Why? • Identify which critical question or questions on page # are being discussed. How do you know? • The narrator states, “Collaborative time can be wasted if educators don’t use that time to focus clearly on teaching and learning issues.” What can Dr. Marci Shepard  Orting School District  Teacher University  October 8, 2010
  12. 12. Learning  Collaboration  Results Old and NewDr. Marci Shepard  Orting School District  Teacher University  October 8, 2010

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