Professional Learning Communities at Estrella Mountain


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Professional Learning Communities at Estrella Mountain

  1. 1. Implementing Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at EMCC<br />From a Presentation to the<br />CTL Advisory Committee<br />March 3, 2009<br />Erin Blomstrand<br />
  2. 2. Perception of PLC<br />Definition of PLC<br /><ul><li>Teaching team
  3. 3. Committee
  4. 4. High school department
  5. 5. Entire school district
  6. 6. State department of education
  7. 7. National professional organization</li></ul> Faculty, staff, and administrators continuously seek and share learning and then act on what they learn; the goal of their actions is to enhance their effectiveness as professionals so that students benefit<br />
  8. 8. PLC Characteristics<br /><ul><li>Shared Vision & Values: teachers, staff, and administrators share a vision focused on student learning and a commitment to improvement
  9. 9. Collaborative Culture: through collaboration, ongoing collegial opportunities for talking about teaching, receiving feedback, designing together, and teaching each other, professionals achieve more
  10. 10. Focus on Examining Outcomes to Improve Student Learning: promote results-oriented thinking that is focused on continuous improvement and student learning
  11. 11. Supportive & Shared Leadership: leadership is shared and distributed among formal and informal leaders, and leadership capacity sustains the PLC
  12. 12. Shared Personal Practice: focus for PLCs is on professional learning in which shared practice and collective inquiry help sustain improvement by strengthening connections, stimulating discussion about professional practices</li></li></ul><li>Structure<br />Learning Outcomes: guides the work and direction of the assessment of the PLC<br />Assessment: building in assessment of the PLC’s work is critical to ensuring that the PLC continues to focus on student learning<br />Research: the PLC works from current research, grounding decisions in “best practices” <br />Presentation: sharing results at every stage of development is important and key to PLC growth <br />PLCs<br />
  13. 13. Committee or Work Group<br />PLC<br />Adheres to a PLC program mission, values, and goals<br />Topics of PLC grow from the member’s interests and values<br />Each PLC develops learning objectives, utilizes research as basis for all work, assess the meeting of those objectives, and presents findings at various points along the journey<br />PLC “lifetime” is often 2-3 or more years<br />All the work in the PLC is specifically designed to develop the members and their practices in order to have a positive affect student learning<br />Share information <br />Awareness area discussions<br />Make decisions<br />Conduct research<br />Informal structure <br />
  14. 14. <ul><li>Open CTL Advisory meeting to develop:
  15. 15. Mission, Values, and Goals of the EMCC PLC Program, Mission, Values, & Goals for PLC Program
  16. 16. Member Expectations
  17. 17. Application Process and Forms
  18. 18. Facilitator Expectations
  19. 19. Identify/Solicit PLCs:
  20. 20. Developmental Education PLC
  21. 21. Technology PLC</li></ul>Next Steps <br />