Richard DuFour Presented by FadhilAhmadi Tuesday, May 17, 2011. What is a “Professional Learning Community”?
What is a “Professional Learning Community”? Points to address: a. Focus on learning. b. Collaborative work. c. Accountable for results.
Formal education mission: -Student learn. -Focus on learning. -Learning for all. A. Ensure that Students Learn
Identify struggling students. Provide assistance in difficulty. Devote extra time. School responses
Example: Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Progress report every three weeks. First month: Tutorial for struggling students. Weekly progress. Daily guided study hall. Cont`d
B. A Culture of Collaboration Educators must work together: Learning for all purpose To analyze. To improve classroom practice. To promote deep learning. Higher level of student achievement.
Cont`d Example: Boones Mill Elementary School, Franklin, Virginia. 3rd and 4th teachers collaboration: Study state & national standard, district curriculum, student achievement data. Identify knowledge and skills in upcoming language arts unit. Formative assessment. Build the strengths and address weaknesses.
Collaborative teachers: Everyone belongs to team focus on student learning. Devote time to meet daily-school year. Focus on essential outcomes, kinds of assessment, analyses of student achievement, strategy for result development Cont`d
C. Focus on Results Effectiveness is judged by results. Schools and teachers suffer DRIP (Data Rich Information Poor). Professional learning community turns data to useful information.
Example: Freeport Intermediate School, Houston, Texas. Result sharing: Effective teaching. Successful practices. Replication . Curriculum that needs attention. Cont`d
Principal`s idea of transformation: Deal data on student achievement. Together to improve results. Data as useful indicator of progress. Cont`d
The professional learning community is the commitment and persistence of the educators. It emphasis on learning for all. It focuses on learning than teaching. Conclusions
How to sustain professional learning community ideas in our school culture? Which idea is more dominant? why? Questions