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Seminar for Department Chairs, held at De La Salle High School, summer 2007.

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  • PLC Talk Slides

    1. 1. A 21 st Century Learning Community
    2. 2. Outcomes <ul><li>Participants should be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>define Professional Learning Communities, </li></ul><ul><li>discuss the principles associated with starting a PLC </li></ul><ul><li>describe the components necessary for maintaining a PLC </li></ul><ul><li>synthesize ways in which PLCs may be extended beyond the course levels </li></ul>
    3. 3. Defining “Professional Learning Community”
    4. 4. “ We’re a school and we’re a community – so we’re a learning community” - a high school teacher
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. “… groups of people engaged in intellectual interaction for the purposes of learning .” - Patricia Cross
    7. 7. Three Primary Characteristics 1. Shared vision 2. Collaboration 3. Collective responsibility
    8. 8. Strata of Learning Communities School faculty Academic departments Subject levels Districts and diocese large large large
    9. 9. Formal vs . informal Learning Communities
    10. 10. Creating a Professional Learning Community
    11. 11. 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>
    12. 12. 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><ul><ul><li>In August, five minus one , plus one </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Maintaining a Professional Learning Community
    14. 14. <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
    15. 15. <ul><li>“ Physical Conditions ” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>private </li></ul></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.”
    16. 16. 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><ul><li>Administrative protection </li></ul>
    17. 17. Think – Pair - Table-share <ul><li>To what extent do these exist in your Department or school? </li></ul><ul><li>What is needed in order to improve the professional learning communities in your Department or school? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your role? </li></ul>
    18. 18. Extending the Culture of Collaboration
    19. 19. Departmental PLCs <ul><li>Departmental scope & sequence </li></ul><ul><li>Observations </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration around content and pedagogy </li></ul>
    20. 20. Inter-disciplinary Collaboration <ul><li>Share resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Websites and internet tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Models and manipulatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Joint guest speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-disciplinary Units </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature and History of WWII </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math and History of the Maya </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poems and Religions of the Abrahamic religions </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Inter-scholastic Collaboration <ul><li>Archdiocesan Chairs meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Science Faires </li></ul><ul><li>Art shows </li></ul><ul><li>Plays </li></ul><ul><li>Music and choral productions </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-scholastic lessons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pen-pals, collaborative web-pages, class debates, etc </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Think – Pair - Share <ul><li>Given the earlier warning against PLCs larger than subject levels, how else can a culture of collaboration be developed and nurtured within a department or school? </li></ul>
    23. 23. 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:
    24. 24. 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 Web site: </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 <>. </li></ul>
    25. 25. Contact Information <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> </li></ul><ul><li>This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. </li></ul>