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Foster High School PLC Plan<br />
Foster High School<br />1 of 3 High Schools in Lamar CISD<br />Four-year public high school<br />Enrollment: 2113 &rapidly...
Campus Leadership<br />Gene Tomas<br />Opened the school in 2002<br />Old school approach<br />Very supportive of staff an...
TEA Ratings<br /> 2008 – Academically Acceptable<br />Predicted 2009 – Recognized (Yeah!!)<br />District & Campus Goal – E...
Current State of Instruction<br />Teachers teaching the same subject matter work in isolation<br />Different tests, instru...
TAKS Challenge<br />2008 10th Grade Science TAKS scores…<br />82% passed<br />Goal 90% to become exemplary<br />Problems a...
PLC - IPC Team<br />Four IPC teachers (9th grade)<br />2 coaches, 1 near retirement and myself<br />Subject assigned admin...
My Vision<br />Using the National Staff Development standards for PLCs. <br />Foster HS will have…<br />“Staff development...
LCISD’s Graduate Profile<br />We want all our graduates to be:<br />Effective Communicators<br />Effective Users of Techno...
Vision<br />My Vision is to establish a PLC which will become a collaborative group that will improvestudent learning thro...
Vision<br />PLC will constantly monitor and modify/improve these areas through the “Berkey triangle”<br />Instruction<br /...
 Engaging
 Authentic</li></ul>Assessment<br /><ul><li> Common Formatives
 Rigorous Summatives
 Valid/Reliable</li></ul>Curriculum<br /><ul><li> International
 Rigorous
 Workforce Ready</li></li></ul><li>Vision<br />Staff development done through constant collaboration which will include: <...
PLC Layout<br />PLC will meet Tuesdays & Thursdays during set conference period (1stperiod)<br />PLC will follow social co...
Weekly Agenda Questions<br />What are our curriculum goals?  <br />How will we assess our students?  <br />How will we ins...
Rotating Leadership<br />Each team member will be assigned specific dutyor topic in order to help foster improved leadersh...
Curriculum- Graphing<br />The team will begin the year teaching graphing <br />Timeframe: 3 weeks<br />Major topics includ...
Differentiated Instruction<br />Graphing Notes – DRY/MIX acronym<br />Graphing Worksheets (homework)<br />Graphing Labs – ...
Evaluating Student Learning ofGraphing<br />Pre- & post-test<br />Graphing Labs<br />Digital Video Analysis with Logger Pr...
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P L C Plan 1

  1. 1. Foster High School PLC Plan<br />
  2. 2. Foster High School<br />1 of 3 High Schools in Lamar CISD<br />Four-year public high school<br />Enrollment: 2113 &rapidly growing<br />Grades 9-12<br />Ethnic breakdown: <br />52.6% White<br />28.8% Hispanic<br />15% African American <br />3.5% Asian <br />0.1 American Indian<br />
  3. 3. Campus Leadership<br />Gene Tomas<br />Opened the school in 2002<br />Old school approach<br />Very supportive of staff and students<br />Interested in PLCs<br />Professional staff: 6 administrators, 123 teachers, & 15 support staff<br />
  4. 4. TEA Ratings<br /> 2008 – Academically Acceptable<br />Predicted 2009 – Recognized (Yeah!!)<br />District & Campus Goal – Exemplary by 2010<br />
  5. 5. Current State of Instruction<br />Teachers teaching the same subject matter work in isolation<br />Different tests, instruction, and labs for the same subject matter<br />Caveman syndrome<br />Small pockets of <br /> collaboration <br /> (almost none)<br />
  6. 6. TAKS Challenge<br />2008 10th Grade Science TAKS scores…<br />82% passed<br />Goal 90% to become exemplary<br />Problems are in our sub. pops.<br />White – 91%<br />Asian – 93%<br />African American – 73%<br />Hispanic – 65%<br />Econ. Disad. – 60%<br />
  7. 7. PLC - IPC Team<br />Four IPC teachers (9th grade)<br />2 coaches, 1 near retirement and myself<br />Subject assigned administrator to oversee the science department<br />
  8. 8. My Vision<br />Using the National Staff Development standards for PLCs. <br />Foster HS will have…<br />“Staff development that improves the learning of all students organizes adults into learning communities whose goals are aligned with those of the school and district.”<br />
  9. 9. LCISD’s Graduate Profile<br />We want all our graduates to be:<br />Effective Communicators<br />Effective Users of Technology<br />Self-directed Learners<br />Quality Producers<br />Responsible Citizens<br />Celebrants of Diversity<br />Competent, Creative Problem-Solvers<br />
  10. 10. Vision<br />My Vision is to establish a PLC which will become a collaborative group that will improvestudent learning through more effective instruction, curriculum, and assessment<br />
  11. 11. Vision<br />PLC will constantly monitor and modify/improve these areas through the “Berkey triangle”<br />Instruction<br /><ul><li> Differentiated
  12. 12. Engaging
  13. 13. Authentic</li></ul>Assessment<br /><ul><li> Common Formatives
  14. 14. Rigorous Summatives
  15. 15. Valid/Reliable</li></ul>Curriculum<br /><ul><li> International
  16. 16. Rigorous
  17. 17. Workforce Ready</li></li></ul><li>Vision<br />Staff development done through constant collaboration which will include: <br />Evaluating assessment data<br />Peer-instruction<br />Elevated curriculum standards<br />Setting short term goals -SMART<br />Celebrating small successes<br />
  18. 18. PLC Layout<br />PLC will meet Tuesdays & Thursdays during set conference period (1stperiod)<br />PLC will follow social contract agreed on by members at start of year and hold each member to the contract<br />PLC will meet with dept. once a week led by dept. head to discuss dept. issues and understand “Big Picture”<br />
  19. 19. Weekly Agenda Questions<br />What are our curriculum goals? <br />How will we assess our students? <br />How will we instruct our students? <br />What does our data suggest?(examine student work-data based on pre-test/post-test)<br />What problems need to be solved?<br />
  20. 20. Rotating Leadership<br />Each team member will be assigned specific dutyor topic in order to help foster improved leadership qualities<br />Ex. lesson plans, assessments, <br /> engagement activities, demos <br /> & labs, video clips & warm-ups<br />
  21. 21. Curriculum- Graphing<br />The team will begin the year teaching graphing <br />Timeframe: 3 weeks<br />Major topics include:<br />Types of graphs<br />Labeling, units, scale, & title <br />Calculating slope& area under the curve<br />Making predictions based on trends: <br />Interpolation & Extrapolation<br />
  22. 22. Differentiated Instruction<br />Graphing Notes – DRY/MIX acronym<br />Graphing Worksheets (homework)<br />Graphing Labs – bouncy balls & motorized cars labs<br />Digital video labs – Revisit bouncy balls & motorized car labs with video cameras and computer software<br />Lab Practicums – class and individual<br />
  23. 23. Evaluating Student Learning ofGraphing<br />Pre- & post-test<br />Graphing Labs<br />Digital Video Analysis with Logger Pro<br />Class Practicum<br />Individual Practicum<br />Formative assessment <br />
  24. 24. Individual Student Evaluation<br />Progress reportsare sent home every 3 week marking period regardless of grade; Report cards every 6 weeks.<br />PLC will meet for a failure evaluation assessed every two weeks<br />parents of students failing will be contacted at this time and made aware of their child’s personal failure plan<br />all failures will be re-taught objectives not mastered during tutorials, Monday night library sessions, &/or advisory<br />
  25. 25. Failure Plan - SMART Goal<br />Ex. A students struggling with finding a slope<br />Specific Goal - To calculate slope on a graph<br />Measureable- Be able to find slope on a given graph (ie. Work sample problems.)<br />Achievable – You can do it! <br />Relevant - You will better understand speed and acceleration once you are able to find the slope<br />Time bound – 1 tutoring session (30 min.)<br />
  26. 26. Results of the PLC (After 1 Year)<br />Teachers are working together. <br />No more Cast Aways!<br />Much less teacher stress having to do it all on their own<br />Equal playing field for all students grades<br />Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment are all aligned<br />Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment are constantly improving through collaboration to improve student learning<br />
  27. 27. Results of the PLC (After 1 Year)<br />Impact on Students<br />Improved Instruction<br />Less falling through the cracks<br />All IPC teachers <br /> using the same <br /> teaching tools<br />
  28. 28. Future Goals of PLC<br />Continue to collaborate and grow, improving curriculum, instruction, & assessment<br />Reach district and campus goal of becoming an Exemplary Campus = 90% passing Science TAKS<br />

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