Professional Learning Teams “ You cannot have students as continuous learners and effective collaborators, without teachers having the same characteristics” - Michael Fullan “ Systematically embed collaboration in the routine practices of the school.” Dufour “ Provide the structure and parameters to ensure that the collaboration focuses on improving the learning of both students and adults.” Dufour
A PLC shares best practices as a means of improving instruction.
“ The PLC concept is specifically designed to develop the collective capacity of a staff to work together to achieve the fundamental purpose of the school: high levels of learning for all students. Leaders of the process purposefully set out to create the conditions that enable teachers to learn from one another as part of their routine work practices.
Moving from being an add on that we have to do to a way of being……….
We started as:
One hour per week added on the end of a workday …
Focus was on DuFour’s questions:
5. What will be the next steps once students have learned? 1. What do we want our students to learn? Essential Learnings Through collaborative unit planning Through collaborative alignment of curriculum 3. How will we know students have learned? Common Assessments Through using assessment for learning strategies Through the creation and use of common assessments 4. What will we do if students do not learn? Use Differentiated Instruction Interventions Use Instructional Technology Interventions Dufour’s Questions 2. How do we want students to learn? By using Differentiated Instruction Strategies By using Instructional Technology Strategies
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