Evolution and Development of PLCs at Highland Park ISD


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Development of professional learning communities at Highland Park ISD in Amarillo, TX. Description of implementation of Fundamental 5, Marcia Tate strategies, Reflective Teacher and Leadward resources for improved teacher and student peformance. Presented at Region 16 ESC at Panhandle School Leadership Association.

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  • Marcia Tate
  • Shirley Hord: supportive and shared leadership; shared values and vision; collective learning and application of; supportive conditions; shared practice
  • My presentation to MS/HS collaboration groups. What we have now is not necessarily what we expected in February.
  • Missed one, two rescheduled. Some members in and out or miss but the schedule is consistent.
  • Not during finals week. Missed one due to a late start because weather
  • Uses technology (District goal)Efficient reference (Time saver for all of us) Later to share with all other groups.
  • 11 leadership books instead of one.
  • Angie Baldwin
  • Angie Baldwin
  • What is your one sentence job description?
  • It took from one week to six weeks to find our word.Todd Moore will share his one word.
  • Pop empowers players to communicate and make decisions during practices and timeouts;mines competitiveness and character of players to make them confident and productive teammates.
  • Formula for Quality Instruction
  • Webb’s vs. Bloom’s, degrees of rigor
  • Jill Swann will explain the use of F5 at HPISD.
  • Framing (Objective)
  • Framing (closing), set expectations so the students know what product they are going to produce.
  • Review.
  • FSGPT (Webb’s Depth of Knowledge, Level 3 maybe Level 4)No reflective teaching “officially” at this point but it just happens.
  • Recognize and Reward by showing teacher responses
  • Recognize and Reward by showing teacher responses
  • Recognize and Reward by using teacher responses (Story telling); uses technology
  • Writing critically. Level 4 on Webb’s DOK. Synthesis/Evaluation on Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  • Writing critically. Level 4 on Webb’s DOK. Synthesis/Evaluation on Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  • Will be discussed in summative conference.
  • Did not purchase books for every teacher because of online resources (reproducible)Calendar has been modified several times.
  • Additional links from Learning Sciences International. If there is a causal relationship between two things, one thing is responsible for causing the other thing.
  • Worksheets available online.
  • I check Google Sites regularly. I post and comment. I share via email about something that is really good for all of us. Quality over quantity but some expectation for all to contribute
  • Academic games, physical movement, pace, friendly controversy;Learning goals and scales, tracking student progress, celebrating success, student engagement; Organizing critical info, chunking, elaborate, process info, record & represent, Review & revise.Similar groups at elementary and middle school campuses.
  • Identify/Preview/Organize Critical Info, Chunking Content, Elaborate, Process Info, Review/Revise/Reflect
  • One minute to take care of managerial tasks.
  • (collegiality and professionalism), (common vocabulary), (much more individualized)
  • Evolution and Development of PLCs at Highland Park ISD

    1. 1. Development and Evolution of Professional Learning Communities at Highland Park ISD Region 16 PSLA April 9, 2014
    2. 2. Resources • “The Fundamental 5” by Sean Cain & Mike Laird www.leadyourschool.com • “Becoming a Reflective Teacher” by Robert J. Marzano www.marzanoresearch.com • “Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites” by Marcia Tate www.developingmindinc.com • Lead4ward.com , Ervin Knezek • Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
    3. 3. What is a PLC? • A professional learning community is a group of educators that meet regularly, share expertise and work collaboratively in order to improve teaching skills and improve student academic performance. --- From “The Glossary of Education Reform”
    4. 4. PLCs at HPISD • Leadership Team • Superintendent, Principals, Assistant Principals, Technology Director, Athletic Director, SPED Director, Curriculum Directors. • Teacher PLCs • Campus teams of teachers who self-identified similar weaknesses in Reflective Teacher conferences.
    5. 5. What Does a PLC Look Like? Secondary Collaboration February 6, 2014
    6. 6. HPISD Leadership PLC • Every Tuesday at 9:30 AM with an agenda • Book study or quote sharing • Plan collaboration • “Housekeeping” items
    7. 7. Campus PLCs • Every Thursday at 7:40 AM • Discuss teaching topics and strategies of interest • Share classroom experiences • Limit or eliminate “housekeeping” items
    8. 8. PLC Communication • Organize and share useful information – Originally on a Wiki page – Migrated to Google Docs • Our goal is to create an “electronic library” of best practices and interesting ideas.
    9. 9. “Look” is not important, results are! • Collegiality • Focused professional development • Improved teaching strategies and techniques • Ultimately, the desired results are ever improving student success and ongoing teacher improvement.
    10. 10. Leadership PLC Page
    11. 11. Leadership PLC Individual Page
    12. 12. Angie Baldwin Book Study # 1 “Any plan should be flexible so that it may be adjusted for changing demands or issues that haven't been considered - after all, no matter how well you do your homework, you won't think of everything!" --- From “Practical Literacy Coaching” by Jan Miller Burkins
    13. 13. Angie Baldwin Book Study # 2 • A teacher’s job is not to teach kids. A teacher's job is to create meaningful, engaging work, whereby kids learn the things we want them to learn. • A leader’s job is not to teach teachers. A leader’s job is to create meaningful, engaging work, whereby teachers learn the things we want them to learn. ----From “Leading for Learning” by Phil Schlechty
    14. 14. One Sentence Job Description
    15. 15. One Word Activity Our Words: Perseverance, Growth, Still, Faith Moment, Intentional, Christian, Listen Commit, Balance, Reflect On Facebook: Amarillooneword
    16. 16. Quote Example • Greg Popovich “I can’t make every decision”. How does this relate to you as a school leader?
    17. 17. Fundamental 5
    18. 18. Campus Review of Fundamental 5 1. Frame the lesson 2. Work in the Power Zone 3. Frequent small group purposeful talk 4. Recognize and reinforce 5. Writing critically
    19. 19. Complexity of Questioning Bloom’s Taxonomy
    20. 20. Fundamental 5 at HPISD • School Year 2012-13 – Sean Cain workshop – District book study with campus discussions – Focus of walk-through visits • School Year 2013-14 – Reviewed with staff, individually or collaboratively – Modeled in administrative presentations – Summative conferences discussions
    21. 21. Campus Review of Fundamental 5 We will discuss various Marcia Tate strategies used by Highland Park High School teachers in their classroom.
    22. 22. Campus Review of Fundamental 5 I will share a Marcia Tate strategy with my peers that I am willing to try and how I will attempt to use it in my classroom in the next two weeks.
    23. 23. Campus Review of Fundamental 5 Marcia Tate Strategies Brainstorming and Discussion, Writing, Movement Reciprocal Teaching, Drawing and Artwork, Visualization Field Trips, Work Study, Graphic Organizers, Storytelling Project-based and Problem-based Instruction, Music Visuals, Humor, Games, Manipulatives, Technology Role play, Metaphor, Analogy and Simile, Mnemonic Devices
    24. 24. Campus Review of Fundamental 5 Within your assigned group, read your partners’ emails. Then, discuss your shared experiences using Marcia Tate strategies in your classrooms. Analyze the attempts to implement new techniques to increase student learning.
    25. 25. Complexity of Questioning Bloom’s Taxonomy
    26. 26. Campus Review of Fundamental 5 I can tie into (the Fine Arts) TEKS by using Broadway music as “filler” between classes and as prompts for writing assignments. --- Theater Arts teacher
    27. 27. Campus Review of Fundamental 5 I tried reciprocal teaching last year and it did not work well at all…I need to model the whole thought process, research and decision making for a lesson to the students. --- CTE Business teacher
    28. 28. Campus Review of Fundamental 5 I used reciprocal teaching in my class this week using Garage Band to have students make an audio recording about themselves. ---- FCS teacher
    29. 29. Campus Review of Fundamental 5 In an email to your principal, describe the implementation of a Marcia Tate strategy that is out of your comfort zone that you will attempt to use in your classroom in the next two weeks. After using that strategy, send a follow-up email on the strengths and weaknesses of your implementation.
    30. 30. Complexity of Questioning Bloom’s Taxonomy
    31. 31. E-mail Response • One Marcia Tate strategy that is out of my comfort zone is mnemonic devices. I have a couple of go-to ones, but I am uncomfortable with elementary-ish methods, and those have always seemed to be more of an elementary thing. However, I will try to start incorporating some of those methods into my English classes. I’m thinking maybe vocabulary would be a good way to start working with some of those. We shall see...
    32. 32. Positive Outcomes of Fundamental 5 in HPISD • Common vocabulary made teaching performance easier to discuss in conferences. • Improved teaching performances from both management and organizational standpoints. • Encouraged teachers to move toward learner- centered instruction.
    33. 33. Becoming a Reflective Teacher
    34. 34. HPISD Leadership Team Plan • Summer 2013 – Chose Marzano’s “Becoming a Reflective Teacher” for district-wide book study. – Yearly calendar developed for weekly collaboration at campus and district levels. • Fall 2013 – Introduction of reflective practice to teachers. – Self-reflective conferences with principals and curriculum directors.
    35. 35. HPISD Leadership Team Plan • January 2013 – PLCs assigned by based on similar “weaknesses”. – Developed Google Sites for organization of shared materials and model district technology vision. • Spring 2013 – Ongoing group meetings with focus on chosen areas. – Active monitoring of sites for new information. – Discussion in PDAS Summative Conferences. – Determination of Professional Development.
    36. 36. Becoming a Reflective Teacher * Marzano’s Causal Links From Learning Sciences International.
    37. 37. Marzano Teacher Scales
    38. 38. Marzano Teacher Element # 2
    39. 39. Marzano Teacher Element # 16
    40. 40. Reflective Teacher Conferences • Teacher, principal, curriculum director • Teacher controlled agenda • Discussion of all aspects of teaching • Lasted from 20 to 45 minutes • Notes used to talk to teachers about teaching
    41. 41. Lead4ward Essential 8
    42. 42. Lead4ward Essential 8
    43. 43. Data Gathering & PLC Development • Teachers were grouped by self-identified weaknesses to create PLC groups. • Administrators proposed initial agendas. • Set expectations to members. • Posting to Google Sites. • Continue to encourage discussion.
    44. 44. HPHS PLC Groups • Active Learning • Learning Goals & Engagement • Structuring Lessons (2)
    45. 45. Teacher PLC Pages • Personal page • Make comments • Attach pdf files • Direct links to websites • Links to videos (YouTube, etc.) • Include pictures and images
    46. 46. HS Structuring Lessons 2
    47. 47. Identify/Preview/Organize
    48. 48. HPHS Active Learning
    49. 49. Friendly Controversy over Evolution • Review and self-ranking (5 minutes) • Partner assignment (2 minutes) • Review critical vocabulary (5 minutes) • Framing (2 minutes) • Partner talks (7 minutes) Share, not convert • Explain critical writing assignment (3 minutes) • Writing (20 minutes)Submit via e-mail
    50. 50. Positive Outcomes of Reflective Teaching in HPISD • Campus team concept developed further. • Easier to discuss teaching in conferences. • Implementation of new teaching strategies. • Teacher self-reflection more introspective than Teacher Self-Report on PDAS.
    51. 51. HPISD Contacts • Mike Brown, Superintendent • mike.brown@hpisd.net • Vanette Barnett, Elementary Principal • vanette.barnett@hpisd.net • Stacie Jones, Asst. Elementary Principal • stacie.jones@hpisd.net • Angie Baldwin, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator • angie.baldwin@hpisd.net • Pam Hicks, SPED Director • pam.hicks@hpisd.net
    52. 52. HPISD Contacts • Susan Looney, Technology Director • susan.looney@hpisd.net • Neila Malcom, Middle School Principal • neila.malcom@hpisd.net • Todd Moore, Asst. Secondary Principal • todd.moore@hpisd.net • Jill Swann, Secondary Curriculum Coordinator • jill.swann@hpisd.net • Shawn Read, High School Principal • shawn.read@hpisd.net