Development of Professional Learning Community Standards for School-Based Professional Development Using Norms for Collabo...
Objectives <ul><li>Learn about standards for school-based professional development  </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about norms fo...
PLC requirements for success <ul><li>Stay focused on improvement, and evidence, of student learning </li></ul><ul><li>Appl...
Essential PLC elements <ul><li>Systematic structures and processes are necessary for effective PLCs </li></ul><ul><li>With...
Effective professional development <ul><li>How is effective professional development similar to a space expedition? </li><...
A strong foundation for PLCs  Norms Equity Respect Trust Candor Standards Clarity Consistency Quality
Using standards for professional development <ul><li>Part 1: Study the standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read an article </l...
Read an article <ul><li>Locate pp. 3-6 of the article titled “School-Wide Professional Community” </li></ul><ul><li>Read p...
Standards for school-based professional development <ul><li>Developed from research </li></ul><ul><li>Seven standards </li...
Examine the framework of standards <ul><li>Locate pp. 4-5 of the handout titled “Pioneer Middle School” </li></ul><ul><li>...
Seven standards <ul><li>Reflective Dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Deprivatization of Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration ...
Indicators provided for each standard <ul><li>Indicators for “Collaboration”: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentorship </li></ul><...
Observe a case study <ul><li>An exemplary case, developed over a long period of time </li></ul><ul><li>To be studied now f...
Growth and development over time <ul><li>0 = Have not yet learned about and/or begun to use </li></ul><ul><li>1 = Just beg...
Reflect on your own practice <ul><li>To be done for the sake of identifying useful next steps </li></ul><ul><li>Use the la...
Identify steps for improvement <ul><li>Use page 6 of the “Pioneer” handout </li></ul><ul><li>Use the results of your scori...
Norms: Reflection exercise <ul><li>Locate pp. 7-8 of the handout titled “Pioneer Middle School” </li></ul><ul><li>Complete...
Establishing norms for collaboration <ul><li>Part 1: Brainstorm possibilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with your learnin...
Establishing norms for collaboration <ul><li>Locate and read page 9 of the handout titled “Pioneer Middle School” </li></u...
Norms for collaboration: resources <ul><li>Review pp. 10-11 of the handout titled “Pioneer Middle School” </li></ul><ul><l...
Next Steps <ul><li>Apply your standards-based action plans and norms for collaboration to collegial, content-based profess...
Thank you! <ul><li>For more information: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
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  • Wear PTL name tag Make Parking Lot Start with a reading from Teaching with Fire Commend for the work: today, things to add value and efficiency Intro me
  • Review the objectives. Explain this is an introduction to ongoing work
  • From experience, 3 things required for satisfaction and value-add to time spent
  • How do we gain those 3 things? Systematic structures and processes , a la Socratic Seminars &amp; the Scientific Method. &lt;&lt;introduce each level of the pyramid, one by one&gt;&gt; These levels build on each other, so we’re starting today with the foundation.
  • Before going deeper, a fun &amp; different way to reflect on what already works. 5 minutes at your table, be ready to “shout out” one example of each. &lt;&lt;record the shout outs on poster paper&gt;&gt;
  • Today, we are studying the two foundations of our pyramid. These will lead us towards more effective application of the PD attributes you just named.
  • Let’s get started. Standards first. Here’s what we will do: &lt;&lt;review content of this slide&gt;&gt; &lt;&lt;explain use of the Parking Lot&gt;&gt;
  • &lt;&lt;display PLC article&gt;&gt; We will begin by reviewing some research into PLCs from 1994. &lt;&lt;give directions as shown on the slide&gt;&gt;
  • You can see how these standards have been based on the research. The standards synthesize information from this research, and many other sources. The standards provide a roadmap for growth and improvement - not evaluation! The standards provide a way to achieve clarity, quality, and consistency in our school-based professional development efforts.
  • &lt;&lt;display handout&gt;&gt; &lt;&lt;explain activity directions&gt;&gt;
  • &lt;&lt;display heading of handout pp 4 - 5, explain these are the “standards”&gt;&gt;
  • These are not a definitive, exhaustive list of indicators. These are meant to exemplify and describe the standards. &lt;&lt;direct them to now spend 10 minutes studying in their small groups&gt;&gt; Use your sticky notes and the Parking Lot!
  • Let’s go deeper into understanding these standards by observing a good example of their application. This is a school that has had opportunity to work on and refine their PD practices for a long time. Our purpose is to use this video to gain some more perspective about the standards and what they mean - NOT to figure out how to become the school in the video!
  • Remember that Montview had a long time to get to where they are at. The standards are meant to stimulate growth and development over time. It is important to recognize where you are at, identify targets for growth, and work strategically and intentionally to improve over time.
  • Now that you’ve studied the standards, it is time to think about how to apply them to your own work. &lt;&lt;direct them to look at p. 3, directions 8 - 10&gt;&gt; The first step is to reflect on how your school/team currently implements the standards.
  • The next step is to agree to some areas for focus with your team. &lt;&lt;show handout p. 6&gt;&gt; Keep it simple: no more that three goals for this year. Be prepared to report out, and to hand in your team’s plans to the principal.
  • Now let’s move on to our second piece of the foundation of successful PLCs: NORMS. We are going to focus today on one of four main areas of norms: collaboration. The other three areas include: communication, decision-making, and meeting. This personal reflection is intended to stimulate your thinking about what norms are, and how they might be useful to help make collaboration succeed.
  • Now have a look at the directions in your handout on page 9. You will work with your small group through the three steps. Keep in mind these norms only work if you plan to continue to address and refine them over time.
  • Let’s get started. You will have ____ minutes to complete Parts 1 and 2 on page 9.
  • Dan has an electronic copy of pp. 10-11; feel free to use it as a template to make your own reflection worksheet, using your group’s own norms. On p. 12 you see an example of how groups can hold themselves accountable for the collaborative work they do, and the results they achieve. Again, be welcome to use or modify this form for your own use.
  • Here are some next steps in order to make your work from today worth while. We might choose to work together some time in the second semester to: Reflect on application of the standards Learn another set of norms: for meetings, decision-making, or collaboration To learn something from the next level of the pyramid: applying structures for learning to your collaborative team work.
  • I have my own company, PanGaia Consulting, and I work for the Powerful Teaching and Learning Group with Alison Olzendam.
  • Communities of Practice

    1. 1. Development of Professional Learning Community Standards for School-Based Professional Development Using Norms for Collaboration presented by Mike McMann
    2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Learn about standards for school-based professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about norms for collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Make plans to use the standards and norms in PLC work this year </li></ul>
    3. 3. PLC requirements for success <ul><li>Stay focused on improvement, and evidence, of student learning </li></ul><ul><li>Apply proven structures and processes of learning organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Foster a culture of collaboration and professional respect </li></ul>Successful PLCs Focus Structure Trust
    4. 4. Essential PLC elements <ul><li>Systematic structures and processes are necessary for effective PLCs </li></ul><ul><li>With quality and rigor, PLCs are proven to deliver RESULTS </li></ul>Standards for School-Based Professional Development Strong Culture of Collaboration Structures for Learning Looking at Student Work RESULTS
    5. 5. Effective professional development <ul><li>How is effective professional development similar to a space expedition? </li></ul><ul><li>How is effective professional development not similar to a space expedition? </li></ul>
    6. 6. A strong foundation for PLCs Norms Equity Respect Trust Candor Standards Clarity Consistency Quality
    7. 7. Using standards for professional development <ul><li>Part 1: Study the standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read an article </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examine the framework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Observe a case study </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Part 2: Apply the standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect on your own practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify steps for improvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share your plans </li></ul></ul>Standards Clarity Consistency Quality
    8. 8. Read an article <ul><li>Locate pp. 3-6 of the article titled “School-Wide Professional Community” </li></ul><ul><li>Read page 3 as a whole group, as far as “Empowerment and Beyond” </li></ul><ul><li>Small groups jigsaw reading of the remaining 6 sections of pp. 3-6 </li></ul>Standards Clarity Consistency Quality
    9. 9. Standards for school-based professional development <ul><li>Developed from research </li></ul><ul><li>Seven standards </li></ul><ul><li>Indicators for each standard </li></ul><ul><li>Growth and development over time </li></ul>Standards Clarity Consistency Quality
    10. 10. Examine the framework of standards <ul><li>Locate pp. 4-5 of the handout titled “Pioneer Middle School” </li></ul><ul><li>Preview the standards as a whole group </li></ul><ul><li>Small groups spend approximately 10 minutes studying the standards and indicators in detail </li></ul>Standards Clarity Consistency Quality
    11. 11. Seven standards <ul><li>Reflective Dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Deprivatization of Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Collective Focus on Student Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Norms and Values </li></ul><ul><li>Structured Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Connected to School Change </li></ul>Standards Clarity Consistency Quality
    12. 12. Indicators provided for each standard <ul><li>Indicators for “Collaboration”: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer Coaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer Observation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collegial Research </li></ul></ul>Standards Clarity Consistency Quality
    13. 13. Observe a case study <ul><li>An exemplary case, developed over a long period of time </li></ul><ul><li>To be studied now for the sake of learning about the standards </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for the presence/absence of the standards and their indicators </li></ul><ul><li>Use pp. 4-5 of your handout </li></ul>Standards Clarity Consistency Quality
    14. 14. Growth and development over time <ul><li>0 = Have not yet learned about and/or begun to use </li></ul><ul><li>1 = Just beginning to learn about and use </li></ul><ul><li>2 = Applying to a partial degree and using sometimes </li></ul><ul><li>3 = Fully proficient with and consistently using </li></ul><ul><li>4 = Inventing new ways to do this </li></ul>Standards Clarity Consistency Quality
    15. 15. Reflect on your own practice <ul><li>To be done for the sake of identifying useful next steps </li></ul><ul><li>Use the last column of pp. 4-5 </li></ul><ul><li>Use the scoring guide at the top of page 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Practice candor and courage! </li></ul>Standards Clarity Consistency Quality
    16. 16. Identify steps for improvement <ul><li>Use page 6 of the “Pioneer” handout </li></ul><ul><li>Use the results of your scoring against the standards </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple! </li></ul><ul><li>Share your plans with each other </li></ul>Standards Clarity Consistency Quality
    17. 17. Norms: Reflection exercise <ul><li>Locate pp. 7-8 of the handout titled “Pioneer Middle School” </li></ul><ul><li>Complete the table individually </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss your perceptions with 1-2 colleagues sitting nearby </li></ul>Norms Equity Respect Trust Candor
    18. 18. Establishing norms for collaboration <ul><li>Part 1: Brainstorm possibilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with your learning groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include all ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Part 2: Prioritize </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s most important and why? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No more than 3 - 5 top-priority norms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Part 3: Share </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compile all small group reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use these to form whole-group norms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue to refine over time </li></ul></ul>Norms Equity Respect Trust Candor
    19. 19. Establishing norms for collaboration <ul><li>Locate and read page 9 of the handout titled “Pioneer Middle School” </li></ul><ul><li>Small groups follow the directions to complete Parts 1 and 2 on page 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Use the example norms and previous reflection exercise to stimulate your thinking </li></ul>Norms Equity Respect Trust Candor
    20. 20. Norms for collaboration: resources <ul><li>Review pp. 10-11 of the handout titled “Pioneer Middle School” </li></ul><ul><li>Small groups discus how they might adapt or use the resources on pp. 10-11 </li></ul><ul><li>For further reference, see the article titled “NSDC: Collaboration Skills” </li></ul>Norms Equity Respect Trust Candor
    21. 21. Next Steps <ul><li>Apply your standards-based action plans and norms for collaboration to collegial, content-based professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to study and refine your use of SBPD standards and norms for collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Consider when and how to “move up the pyramid” to incorporate the additional features of PLCs into </li></ul><ul><li>your work </li></ul>Standards for School-Based Professional Development Strong Culture of Collaboration Structures for Learning Looking at Student Work RESULTS
    22. 22. Thank you! <ul><li>For more information: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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