2006 A 21st Century PLC Slides

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Presentation given at Loyola Chicago at the request of Lorraine Ozar and the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness.

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2006 A 21st Century PLC Slides

  1. 1. A 21 st Century Learning Community by Eric E Castro
  2. 2. “ We’re a school and we’re a community – so we’re a learning community” - a high school teacher
  3. 3. “… groups of people engaged in intellectual interaction for the purposes of learning.” - Patricia Cross
  4. 4. communities of learners “operate with a commitment to the norms of continuous improvement and experimentation and engage their members in improving their daily work to advance the achievement of school district and school goals for student learning.” - National Staff Development Council
  5. 5. Three Primary Characteristics 1. Shared vision 2. Collaboration 3. Collective responsibility
  6. 6. Strata of Learning Communities School faculty Academic departments Subject levels Districts and diocese large large large
  7. 7. Formal vs . informal Learning Communities
  8. 8. a Case Study <ul><li>Five instructors </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for a half-hour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>with an agenda </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>with minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and Action Items </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss </li></ul><ul><ul><li>overarching questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>enduring understandings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Plan assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss instruction </li></ul>
  9. 9. Creating this Learning Community <ul><li>Grant to redesign curriculum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Understanding by Design” model </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personnel changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Me plus one </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>instituted weekly meetings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Us two plus one </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We three plus two </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Maintaining the Learning Community <ul><li>Compatible personalities </li></ul><ul><li>Socialization </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Mission and vision </li></ul><ul><li>Trust and respect </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing professional development </li></ul>“ People Capacities ” - Shirley Hord
  11. 11. Maintaining the Learning Community <ul><li>“ Physical Conditions ” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>near materials? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul>“ Without time , the work of collaboration doesn’t get done … or doesn’t get done well.”
  12. 12. Important Components <ul><li>Compatible personalities </li></ul><ul><li>Socialization </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Mission and vision </li></ul><ul><li>Trust and respect </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul>What would you add to improve this learning community?
  13. 13. Benefits <ul><li>Better teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Deeper and more meaningful learning </li></ul><ul><li>High morale </li></ul>
  14. 14. Conclusion <ul><li>Teachers pursuing a shared vision of enduring outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers collaborating on the learning activities and assessments, and </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers taking collective responsibility for student learning. </li></ul>The three most necessary components of a professional learning community are:
  15. 15. References <ul><li>Cross, K. P. (1998).Why Learning Communities? Why Now? About Campus . 3 , 4-11. </li></ul><ul><li>National Staff Development Council, (2006). Standards - Learning communities. Retrieved October 31, 2006, from NSDC.org Web site: http://www.nsdc.org/standards/learningcommunities.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>Hord, S. &quot;Professional Learning Communities: What Are They and Why Are They Important?&quot; Issues ... about Change 6.11997 1 Nov 2006 <http://www.sedl.org/change/issues/issues61.html>. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Eric E Castro </li></ul><ul><li>Saint Ignatius College Preparatory </li></ul><ul><li>San Francisco, CA </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. </li></ul>Contact information

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