Presentation on theme: "PLC Facilitator Training September 12, 2007 Early Release Day"— Presentation transcript:
1 PLC Facilitator Training September 12, 2007 Early Release Day “The most promising strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement is developing the ability for school personnel to function as professional learning communities. (DuFour & Eaker, 1998)
2 Materials Icebreaker Norm Form PLC Log, SMART Goals, PLC Evaluation, and PD Needs Assessment from 06-07Unit Plan TemplatePLC Plan SheetPD Request Form
3 Agenda Sept. 12 Early Out Team Building Activity - PLC Overview Share District ExpectationsDevelop NormsExamine your current realityPLC NeedsDevelop tentative PLC Yearly PlanTo Turn In to the Principal:Norm FormTentative PLC Plan Sheet
4 Team Building Activity Purpose: Get acquainted, fun, experience the power of collective thoughts--brainstorm, demonstrate their role is to facilitate not know everything. visit what a PLC is
5 Response to Students who aren’t Learning Big Idea #1 How is a Professional Learning Community different than a traditional school?PLCIn Regard ToTraditional SchoolLearning for AllFocusTeachingStrategies to back their commitmentsCommitmentsHaphazard strategies at bestTeachers develop and monitor the indicators frequentlyIndicatorsIndicators are often developed by outside sources. Monitoring is done at the end of the learning only.Timely, Required, Systemic InterventionResponse to Students who aren’t LearningLeft up to the individual teacherEducational IssuesCollaborationStudent behavior, personalities, school politics
6 Big Idea #3 For each term below explain the importance of each word in a PLC Goals:PLC teams establish goals, work together to achieve the goals, and provide periodic evidence of progress.Data:PLC teams are data driven. They welcome data, use it as a catalyst for improved teacher practice. Data is useful only when the team has a basis of comparison.Common Assessments:PLC teams develop common assessments, identify how students perform on specific skills. There is common administration and common scoring of the assessments. The data is used to improve instruction and help individual students meet the learning goals.Improvement:Focus on continual improvement which results in change in teaching and learning. Improvement focuses on the classroom not those factors that are outside the classroom and beyond our control.
7 Commitment and Persistence Sustaining PLC’s requires:Hard workFocus on learning rather than teachingCollaboration on matters related to learningAccountability for continuous improvementEven the grandest design eventually translates into hard work. The professional learning community model is a grand design
8 District Commitment 8 Early Outs October 8 PD Day for Data Analysis January 2 half day for PD2 half day Learning Teams for Core PLCsFor professional development related to data analysis, curriculum development,common assessment development and analysis, instructional improvement,and development of interventions and enrichments.
9 PLC OrganizationConfiguration of Teams—work with principals to make them meaningful, if across buildings we can help coordinate.Leadership of Teams—several trained facilitators, share the leadership, identify new facilitators to be trained, decide who will go to principal/facilitator/PD Rep meeting
10 PLC Expectations TIME PRODUCTS After September Early Out Norm Form Tentative Yearly PLC Plan SheetAfter Each Early OutMonthly LogPLC Plan SheetYearly LogTBA (decided by building)2 unit plans (Cores)Non-cores - what makes sense?TIME--All PLC members are expected to meet in the building with the PLC group on designated days from 1:15-3:30.Schedules on early out days should be the same as a regular school day for extra-curricular activities.--Facilitators and PD Representatives will have follow-up meetings with principals after each early out.ReasonCP’s sequence—data, smart goal, unit topics, pd needs ( identify resource needs too for req.)1 that can be taught this year and data gathere Elementary 1 incorporating a math smart goal & 1 incorporating a CA SMART GOAL, may be integratedUnit Template, Electronic or binders, with assessments—formative & summative, activities, resources
11 Rationale Unit Plan Unit plans answer the questions of a PLC: What do we want students to know?Essential QuestionsHow will we know they learned it?Assessments, Scoring, Data AnalysisC & C Question: How will we help them learn it?Instruction & Special Ed AdaptationsWhat will we do when they didn’t learn?InterventionsWhat will we do when they did learn?Enrichments
12 Unit Plan Template October PD Day Identify the 2 units you will do Make your unit development plan
13 Norms Why we need them? What they are? Samples/Categories Publishing the normsEnforcing themPeriodic evaluationOverview, all of the things around norms
14 NORMS EXIST WHETHER OR NOT Why Norms are NeededNorms are ground rules to identify behaviors that will help us do our work & discourage behaviors that interfere with a group’s effectiveness.How we actHow we interactHow we conduct businessHow we make decisionsHow we communicate—to have honest discussions that enable everyone to participate & be heard.NORMS EXIST WHETHER OR NOTYOU ACKNOWLEDGE THEMParallel to procedures in classrooms.How many times have you heard teachers say, teachers are the rudest people we know or that teacher would never tolerate that from their class.
15 Categories of Norms Time Confidentiality Decision Making Participation LeadershipParticipation: How to make suggestionsHow to state a different opinion vs how to disagree??Issues: New vs established peopleInexp. Vs. Exp.PARTICIPATION IS EVERYONE’s RESPONSIBILITY
16 SAMPLE NORMS FOR PLC’s TIME/ATTENDANCE: Start & Stop on time Stay on taskAttend all meetingsCONFIDENTIALITYSay what you need to here in the room, not in the parking lotIndividual comments are confidentialDECISION MAKINGReach decisions by consensus, fist to fiveUse data to drive decisionsWe will publicly support all decisions made by the groupPARTICIPATIONStay on task, focus on what we have control over and what moves the PLC forwardListen and hear one another’s viewpoints—look at pros & consIt is your responsibility to make sure your idea is put in the roomSpeak directly to the person and you have issue with.Address issues, not personalitiesCommit to getting representative views, allow equal airtime for all participantsFocus on being a change agentBe willing to experiment and make mistakesThink creativelyBe responsible for the work of the PLCLEADERSHIP:Assign and rotate roles of timekeeper, recorder/secretary, leader, etc.
17 ACTIVITY FOR DEVELOPING NORMS PURPOSE:To ensure all members have the opportunity to contributeTo increase productivity & effectivenessTo facilitate the achievement of your goalsPROCESS:Put the categories for norms on the board, may want to add a miscellaneousEach person records behavior you consider ideal for a group, one per slip of paper and place it under the appropriate category.1 or 2 people will work with each category to group those with similar ideas together.For each group of cards, the group writes a norm, record on chart paper.Determine support for the normsAdopt final set of normsWhat irritates you about meetings, collaboration?What do you need to be effective—relate to compass activityOPTIONAL ACTIVITY
18 Consensus occurs when… 1. All points of view have been heard2. The will of the group is evident even to those who most oppose it.Use Fist to Five to get consensusAll participants start with a fist and then put up the number of fingers to indicate their level of support for the topic.5 = greatest support, fist=no supportThose most opposed have the opportunity to voice their oppositionCP do we need to add to or change this?
19 Publishing Norms How can you keep them visible? Posted in meeting room Copy for everyoneReview at the beginning of each meetingInclude on the top of each agendaDecide as a PLC
20 STOP & DEVELOP NORMS Revisit Last Year’s Norms Revise Start from ScratchA copy will be turned in at thePrincipal/Facilitator/PD Rep meeting following the early out
21 Enforcing Norms WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? ALL GROUP MEMBERS Norms will be violated so talk about violations & how violations will be dealt with.If you don’t call attention to violations, you are creating a second set of norms.Ask: “How would you prefer to be notified you have violated a norm.”Keep it light hearted , like throwing foam balls at someone who comes in late. Use colored cards, flags, hankies. All members must agree to these methods.Periodically evaluate the adherence to the norm—How well did we do on this norm.
22 Stop and Develop Ways for Publishing & Enforcing Put this on your list of norms to turn in
23 5 Principles of Successful Meetings Discuss only one topic at a timeUse only one process at a timeAchieve interactive and balanced participationRespect cognitive conflict by eliciting disagreements and respecting other viewpointsHave all understand and agree to meeting roles and responsibilities
24 PD Needs Assessment from 06-07 Current Reality—using our data for comparison to continue the improvement cycle.PLC Yearly LogSMART GoalsPLC EvaluationPD Needs Assessment from 06-07What were our accomplishments last year? (Log, Smart Goals, back of PLC Evaluation)What needs did we identify? Are there others to add? (PD Needs Assessment)How did we function as a team last year? (PLC Evaluation)
25 FOCUS ON RESULTS… Where do we want to be? Where are we now? Questions for PLC GroupsFOCUS ON RESULTS…Where do we want to be?Where are we now?What questions do you have that data might answer?How will we get where we want to be?What are we learning?Where should we focus next?Looked at vision & how PLC are to function –their business, & behaviorNext dataPlan to get where we want to be7 determine focus
26 PLC’s Focus on educational issues not school politics not student behavior not personalities Sign some PLCs posted, Kathy lewis gave you
27 Learning Team # 1 ( Cores) Take the Smart goals and sequence them throughout the yearPlan for common assessments, doesn’t have to be done in early out time, may have 1 or 2 people do.Input?/
28 PLC EARLY OUT MONTHLY LOG for _____, 200_ PLC GROUP NAME:___________________________________________Members Present:____________________________________________Members Absent:_____________________________________________QUESTIONS TO BE ADDRESSEDDuring today’s PLC time Next PLC TimeHow will we know if they learned it? (Assessment, Data Analysis)What do we want students to learn? (Curriculum Objectives, Unit Development)What will we do if they didn’t learn it? (Instruction, Intervention)What will we do if they did learn it? (Instruction, Enrichment)TODAY’s GOAL:RELATED SMART GOAL:SUMMARY OF TODAY’s PLC TIME: (Include any data reported)New facilitators trained in NOve., help you , take over next yearWork together with principals to select.AGENDA FOR THE NEXT PLC TIME:Date: Time: Place: Leader:GOAL:Materials to Bring:Individual Responsibilities:
29 PLC Facilitator Training Dates for OCT. 8 PD Day September 288:00 to 11:00: Math12:00 to 3:00: Comm. ArtsOctober 18:00-11:00: Social Studies12:00 to 3:00: ScienceOctober 28:00 to 11:00 3rd-5th Grade12:00 to 3:00 K-2nd GradeSpecials—TODAY - after this meeting
30 “A successful face-to face team is more than just collectively intelligence. It makes everyone work harder, think smarter and reach better conclusions than they would have on their own.”James Surowiecki“If there is anything that the research community agrees on, it is this:The right kind of continuous, structured teacher collaboration improves the quality of teaching and pays, big, often immediate, dividends in student learning and professional morale in virtually any setting.”Mike Schmoker
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