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Professional Learning Communities Made Easy

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This Powerpoint presentation by Faye L. Lewis, an assistant principal in Essex County New Jersey, will make Professional Learning Community implementation easy for those venturing into the worls of PLCs.

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Professional Learning Communities Made Easy

  1. 1. The term professional learning community describes a collegial group of administrators and school staff who are united in their commitment to student learning. <br />Hord (1997b) notes, &quot;As an organizational arrangement, the professional learning community is seen as a powerful staff-development approach and a potent strategy for school change and improvement.&quot; <br />Professional Learning Communities<br />1<br />Professional LearningCommunities<br />
  2. 2. <ul><li>They function as an effective strategy for building school capacity around core issues of teaching and learning (Darling-Hammond, 1995)
  3. 3. They can serve as a mechanism to transform school culture.</li></ul>Professional Learning Communities<br />2<br />Why are professional learning communities important ?<br />
  4. 4. …connect teachers with information, strategies and best practices.<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />3<br />In other words, PLCs…<br />
  5. 5. Schools that are highly effective produce results that almost entirely overcome the effects of student backgrounds<br />Robert Marzano,<br /> What Works in Schools, 2003<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />4<br />SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE<br />
  6. 6. To understand how collaborative communities (PLCs) can impact teacher learning and student achievement.<br />To understand the role we will play in PLCs. <br />To shift our thinking from teaching to learning<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />5<br />Our Objectives Today<br />
  7. 7. Culturally Responsive Teaching<br />Effective Instructional Strategies<br />Examining Data<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />6<br />Key Focus Areas<br />
  8. 8. Building Based<br />Content Based<br />Interdisciplinary<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />7<br />Types of PLCs at CHS<br />
  9. 9. *PLCs will meet on Tuesdays <br />(second faculty mtg. of the month)<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />8<br />How will PLCs be organized, and when will we meet?<br />
  10. 10. Focus on student performance<br />Collaborate with colleagues during PLC time<br />Become students of teaching and consumers of research<br />Accept responsibility for implementing systems thatenable each student to be successful<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />9<br />So, what’s my role?<br />
  11. 11. <ul><li>Book Study Groups
  12. 12. Effective Instructional Strategies
  13. 13. Data Analysis
  14. 14. The Achievement Gap (Race and Equity in the Classroom)
  15. 15. Action Research
  16. 16. Developing Interdisciplinary Units
  17. 17. Cornell Note Taking
  18. 18. Lesson Study*
  19. 19. Culturally Responsive Teaching
  20. 20. Looking at Student Work
  21. 21. Teacher Choice</li></ul>Professional Learning Communities<br />10<br />Examples of PLC groups<br />
  22. 22. What is it we expect students to learn?<br />How will we know when they have learned it?<br />How will we respond when they don’t learn it?<br />How will we respond when they already know it?<br />Dufour, Dufour, Eaker<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />11<br />Fundamental Questions<br />
  23. 23. Professional Learning Communities<br />12<br />I know what you’re thinking…<br />
  24. 24. B ut…<br />You’ll make it through…<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />13<br />
  25. 25. Shared responsibility for the development of all students and collective responsibility for student success<br />Reduced teacher isolation<br />Powerful adult learning that shifts our focus from teaching to learning<br />Increased understanding of content and the roles teachers play in helping all students build capacity<br />Increased likelihood that teachers will build greater capacity for learning, will be professionally renewed and will continue to be inspired to inspire students.<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />14<br />Observed Outcomes for staff<br />
  26. 26. It is important that you understand that the PLC model is not a canned program or a step-by-step recipe for school improvement. It represents a process for making the structural and cultural changes necessary to help students achieve at higher levels and make teaching a more rewarding and satisfying profession.<br /> Du Four, DuFour, Eaker<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />15<br />So, here’s the bottom line…<br />
  27. 27. www.allthingsplc.info<br />Linda Darling Hammond <br />Rick and Becky DuFour<br />Professional Learning Communities at Work (1998)<br />Whatever It Takes (2004)<br />Shirley Hord<br />Karin Chenoweth<br />It’s Being Done (2007)<br />Peter Senge<br />The Fifth Discipline: the Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (2006)<br />Schools That Learn (2000)<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />16<br />Where can I find more information?<br />
  28. 28. The most critical factor in a child’s life is a caring, qualified, competent teacher<br />~ Linda Darling Hammond<br />Professional Learning Communities<br />17<br />The decision is ours.Together, we CAN make a difference!<br />

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