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Enhancing What
        Works
  A Guide to Successful
   Implementation of a
  Professional Learning
            Community
My School Setting
   We serve Pre-k thru Grade 5 including
    Special Education
   A student population of around 900+
...
School Achievement
   Reading TAKS scores: 98% overall for
    grades 3, 4, and 5.
   3rd grade had 100% pass Reading TA...
PLC at my school
   Our school has worked on being a PLC for the past
    two years
   We had a new principal and assist...
PEP Meetings
   Every grade level meets every 6 days (k-5 each
    have a day) for a special PEP meeting.
   PEP is an a...
Professional Development
   We participated in an ESL book study on the book
    “50 Effective Strategies for the ESL Lea...
My team- 5th Grade
   Our team consists of 6 teachers
   2 ELA/Social Studies, 2 Math, 2 Science/Writing
    teachers
 ...
Our current dynamic
   Because our team is in portables, it creates a
    divisive culture among our team.
   We work to...
My Vision for the Coming Year
   To create a team contract together, like a
    framework for working together
   To mee...
The Plan
   The team will meet every Monday at planning time to
    discuss planning, instruction and assessment.
   Mee...
Data Collection
   Each subject area team will create one nine-weeks
    formative assessment and post assessment for
   ...
How to Improve Instruction
   Teachers will plan for observations of one
    another teaching a lesson
   Each teacher w...
Shared Grading
   Teachers will share the student’s writing and
    give each other feedback about student
    performanc...
Differentiated Instruction
   Teachers will use multiple resources to
    create interesting, highly engaging lessons
   ...
Results of Enhancement
   Teacher content instruction will be highly
    effective, differentiated and data driven
   Te...
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Professional Learning Community Plan

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Professional Learning Community Plan

  1. 1. Enhancing What Works A Guide to Successful Implementation of a Professional Learning Community
  2. 2. My School Setting  We serve Pre-k thru Grade 5 including Special Education  A student population of around 900+  An extremely diverse group of students with over 45 different ethnic and language groups represented  A teaching staff of about 60  Principal and two Assistant principals for the upcoming year
  3. 3. School Achievement  Reading TAKS scores: 98% overall for grades 3, 4, and 5.  3rd grade had 100% pass Reading TAKS  Math TAKS scores: 97% overall  Writing TAKS scores: 96% for 4th Grade  Science TAKS scores: 92% for 5th Grade  Technology Literacy scores: 92% for 5th Grade  Exemplary School Rating
  4. 4. PLC at my school  Our school has worked on being a PLC for the past two years  We had a new principal and assistant principal this year  There were many changes made to how we worked in PLCs at our campus  Each grade level team meets every 6 days to discuss curriculum, instruction and assessment data  Our administrators and specialists sit in on the meetings with us  We also participate in Data Teams Analysis
  5. 5. PEP Meetings  Every grade level meets every 6 days (k-5 each have a day) for a special PEP meeting.  PEP is an alternate schedule day where students for that grade level go to two outclasses in a row from 1:15-2:45.  Teachers meet with principals, specialists, counselor or anyone with input for the discussion.  The focus of these meetings is to discuss Data Teams data and specific learning issues.  Discussion of specific students and targeted instruction for those students is planned.
  6. 6. Professional Development  We participated in an ESL book study on the book “50 Effective Strategies for the ESL Learner” two years ago.  We took part in a Differentiated Instruction book study on “Differentiated Instruction in the Mixed- Ability Classroom” this year.  Two National Board Certified teachers on our campus instructed us about Thinking Maps this year also.  We are beginning a CHAMPS training and implementation for 2009-10 school year.
  7. 7. My team- 5th Grade  Our team consists of 6 teachers  2 ELA/Social Studies, 2 Math, 2 Science/Writing teachers  Range of experience from 2yrs-8yrs in the classroom  Our classrooms are located in 3 portable buildings next to the school building  We are the only team located outside  I am the new team leader, and we have added one new teacher to our team
  8. 8. Our current dynamic  Because our team is in portables, it creates a divisive culture among our team.  We work together to solve problems, but often the “majority rule” is how decisions are made, even if some disagree.  We have two teacher partners that tend to dominate discussions and cause friction among the team.  The ELA team did not meet nor plan together last year.
  9. 9. My Vision for the Coming Year  To create a team contract together, like a framework for working together  To meet regularly to plan lessons and discuss team issues weekly  Team members to be forthright in discussing professional disagreements and working out solutions  Increase the rigor and diversity of lesson plans to increase learning for all students
  10. 10. The Plan  The team will meet every Monday at planning time to discuss planning, instruction and assessment.  Meetings will have an agenda, minutes will be recorded and all present will sign.  Subject area partners will plan together for the following week on Tuesday’s.  Wed-Fri is free time for planning period.  Each week, one member of the team will share a strategy that worked in her classroom at team meeting.  Meeting time will also allow time for discussion of teacher needs with regards to teaching, grading, etc.
  11. 11. Data Collection  Each subject area team will create one nine-weeks formative assessment and post assessment for each subject.  Formative assessments will be given before the 5th week.  Post assessment will be given before the end of the nine weeks.  At PEP meetings (every 6 days) teachers will share data about assessments and discuss effective teaching strategies to address the curriculum being taught.
  12. 12. How to Improve Instruction  Teachers will plan for observations of one another teaching a lesson  Each teacher will observe one of their team members (preferably same subject) and give feedback at next team meeting  Preferably each teacher should get two or three opportunities to observe other teachers and discuss
  13. 13. Shared Grading  Teachers will share the student’s writing and give each other feedback about student performance  Teachers will assist with students that struggle with reading, math, science or writing  Teachers will implement one-on-one instruction time for specific students with extra needs
  14. 14. Differentiated Instruction  Teachers will use multiple resources to create interesting, highly engaging lessons for their students  Teachers will use thinking maps to increase student’s critical thinking about content  Teachers will increase implementation of technology in all content areas
  15. 15. Results of Enhancement  Teacher content instruction will be highly effective, differentiated and data driven  Technology use for both teachers and students will increase  Student engagement level will increase  Student achievement on TAKS will increase in Reading, Math and Science  Team members will work with one another instead of against each other

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