What should be on a PLC agenda?
The Four Pillars (Mission, Vision, Values, Goals) serve as the foundation of PLCs within a school. Each Tucson Unified school will develop these four pillars to develop a sense of common purpose toward positively impacting student achievement.
What are the 4 questions of a PLC?
Popularized by Rick DuFour, the four critical questions of a PLC include:
What do we want all students to know and be able to do? How will we know if they learn it? How will we respond when some students do not learn? How will we extend the learning for students who are already proficient?
How do you organize professional learning communities?
Educators in a PLC benefit from clarity regarding their shared purpose, a common understanding of the school they are trying to create, collective communities to help move the school in the desired direction, and specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and time- bound (SMART) goals to mark their progress.
A well-developed action plan comprises the steps a team will collectively take to refine their PLC practices and processes so they can ensure increased student outcomes. The benefits of an action plan include: Differentiated support that meets the unique needs of each grade level/content team.
Examples of Professional Learning Communities include a group of teachers engaging one another for the purpose of creating a more consistent curriculum, a group of computer instructors collaborating and discussing which software applications to purchase and a team of administrators coming together to support one
Typically, PLC meetings include the following activities: 1) Reviewing student data, 2) setting learning goals, 3) reflecting on teaching practice, 4) exploring resources to learn about new practices, and 5) planning how to apply new learning.
The term “professional learning community” is used to describe every imaginable combination of individuals with an interest in education. The PLC model assumes that the core mission of formal education is to ensure that students learn.
When, How Long, and How Often
PLCs that are too small or too large suffer from a deficit or excess of varying perspectives (see Establishing PLC Teams, Chapter 2). For teachers to adequately benefit from being in a PLC, I recommend teams meet at least weekly, for at least an hour each time.
The scan cycle is the cycle in which the PLC gathers the inputs, runs your PLC program, and then updates the outputs. This will take some amount of time often measured in milliseconds (ms). The amount of time it takes for the PLC to make one scan cycle is called the scan time of the PLC.
In a PLC, norms represent protocols and commitments to guide members in working together. Norms help team members clarify expectations regarding how they will work together to achieve their shared goal.
Professional learning communities tend serve to two broad purposes: (1) improving the skills and knowledge of educators through collaborative study, expertise exchange, and professional dialogue, and (2) improving the educational aspirations, achievement, and attainment of students through stronger leadership and