Professional Learning Communities

Session 1

Purpose:  This session will introduce participants to Professional Learning Communities (PLSs) and how teacher collaboration can have a significant impact on student success in school.

Professional Learning Communities – Session 1: 

In this session participants will:

  • develop an understanding of the components of a PLC
  • obtain tools and strategies that help facilitate a collaborative culture that focuses on best practices
  • Why are PLCs essential when building a responsive school framework of interventions and supports for all students
  • Determine where to start this work with a district or building

Outcomes:  After this session participants will be able to:

  • Establish group norms
  • Articulate the purpose and practices of PLCs vs a grade/department meeting
  • Explain how PLCs and RtI are necessary to sustain school improvement and success for all students
  • Understanding how a mission and vision statement drive a school’s work
  • Identify strengths team members bring to a PLC and how to overcome team dysfunctions

 

 

Session 2

Purpose:  This session will continue to introduce participants to Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and how teacher collaboration can have a significant impact on student success in school.

Professional Learning Communities – Session 2:

In this session participants will learn about the inter-relationship between PLCs and RtI.  This session will focus the work on PLCs to build their capacity to answer the 4 Corollary questions of PLCs:

1.  What is it that we want students to know?

2.  How do we know that they have learned it?

3.  What do we do if they don’t?

4.  What do we do if they do?  Participants will also learn skills and use tools that will assist them in building consensus on their system of interventions and how to create a positive-responsive school culture.

Outcomes:  Participants will learn about:

  • Creating a system of interventions-prerequisite skills
  • Establishing collective commitments
  • Through New Eyes – examining the culture of your school
  • Reaching consensus
  • Crucial conversations with positive outcomes
  • Review of resources and tools

 

Session 3

Purpose: Participants will learn about creating a school culture and work habit that has a focus on learning, rather than teaching..  Participants will learn strategies to articulate what is essential learning for their students and ways to share it with each other and students. Assessment to measure the learning targets will also be explored.

Professional Learning Communities – Session 3:

The content presented in this training is for a school who has participated in the foundational PLC trainings.  The focus will be on unwrapping standards, writing learning targets and types of assessment to monitor what students have learned.

Outcomes:  After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Be able to use strategies to build consensus and commitment to a focus on learning, rather than teaching
  • Be able to unwrap a standard
  • Be able to write learning targets
  • Understand the difference and usage of formative, summative, and common assessments
  • Be able to engage students in what they are learning

 

Session 4

Purpose:  The purpose of this training is to reinforce student goal setting, creating and monitoring SMART goals, and ways to celebrate small and large strides in the PLC journey.

Professional Learning Communities – Session 4:

The content of this training is for schools who have been to previous PLC trainings.  The focus for the session is on goals and celebrations.

Outcomes:  After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Set goals with students by reviewing common, formative assessments with their students
  • Understand the SMART goal structure and how to write SMART goals
  • Plan ways to celebrate PLC and student success

 

 

 

 

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