Presentation on theme: "Development and Evolution of Professional Learning Communities at Highland Park ISD Region 16 PSLA April 9, 2014."— Presentation transcript:
Development and Evolution of Professional Learning Communities at Highland Park ISD Region 16 PSLA April 9, 2014
Resources The Fundamental 5 by Sean Cain & Mike Laird www.leadyourschool.com www.leadyourschool.com Becoming a Reflective Teacher by Robert J. Marzano www.marzanoresearch.com www.marzanoresearch.com Worksheets Dont Grow Dendrites by Marcia Tate www.developingmindinc.com www.developingmindinc.com Lead4ward.com, Ervin Knezek Lead4ward.com Webbs Depth of Knowledge
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
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.
What Does a PLC Look Like? Secondary Collaboration February 6, 2014
HPISD Leadership PLC Every Tuesday at 9:30 AM with an agenda Book study or quote sharing Plan collaboration Housekeeping items
Campus PLCs Every Thursday at 7:40 AM Discuss teaching topics and strategies of interest Share classroom experiences Limit or eliminate housekeeping items
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.
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.
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
Angie Baldwin Book Study # 2 A teachers 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 leaders job is not to teach teachers. A leaders job is to create meaningful, engaging work, whereby teachers learn the things we want them to learn. ----From Leading for Learning by Phil Schlechty
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
Campus Review of Fundamental 5 We will discuss various Marcia Tate strategies used by Highland Park High School teachers in their classroom.
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.
I sit at the back, so I dont have have to talk to anybody I dont want to.
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
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.
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
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
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.
We can barely print, so we wont be writing critically.
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. Im thinking maybe vocabulary would be a good way to start working with some of those. We shall see...
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.
HPISD Leadership Team Plan Summer 2013 – Chose Marzanos 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.
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.
Becoming a Reflective Teacher * Marzanos Causal Links From Learning Sciences International.
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
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.
HPHS PLC Groups Active Learning Learning Goals & Engagement Structuring Lessons (2)
Teacher PLC Pages Personal page Make comments Attach pdf files Direct links to websites Links to videos (YouTube, etc.) Include pictures and images
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.
HPISD Contacts Mike Brown, Superintendent email@example.com Vanette Barnett, Elementary Principal firstname.lastname@example.org Stacie Jones, Asst. Elementary Principal email@example.com Angie Baldwin, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Pam Hicks, SPED Director email@example.com
HPISD Contacts Susan Looney, Technology Director firstname.lastname@example.org Neila Malcom, Middle School Principal email@example.com Todd Moore, Asst. Secondary Principal firstname.lastname@example.org Jill Swann, Secondary Curriculum Coordinator email@example.com Shawn Read, High School Principal firstname.lastname@example.org