Presentation on theme: "1. What is it we want our students to learn?"— Presentation transcript:
1 1. What is it we want our students to learn? 2. How will we teach our students?3. How will we know when each student has mastered the essential learning/skill?4. What will we do if the student does not master the skill?5. What will we do for students who master the skill early?
2 Learning Community (PLC)? What is a ProfessionalLearning Community (PLC)?
3 A professional learning community is a community where educators create an environment that fosters mutual cooperation, emotional support, and personal growth as they work together to achieve what they cannot accomplish alone.Educators collaborate.
4 Elements of a PLCMutual Respect – A requirement for highly effective collaborative teams.Consensus Rules – Honor what has been said and agreed upon.Data Driven – Use data to make improvementsContinuous Improvement – Allows teams to continue to improve and reach their goals
5 For the year we will continue to utilize effective Collaborative Teams to IMPACT Student Achievement in a Professional Learning Community.Dr. Eric Twadell – Adlai Stevenson H.S.The most promising strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement is building the capacity of school personnel to function as a professional learning community. The path of change in the classroom lies within and through PLCs.
6 Why Collaboration?Collaboration provides an opportunity for educators to work together toward a common goal. It increases the effort of one by the effort of many. These efforts allow us to attain uncommon results.
7 Camelback High School’s Collaborative Structure/Culture Will Have: A Focus on Student Achievement / Student Learning Collaborative Teams Team Leaders Time to Collaborate SMART Goals Action Plans (Implementation) Specific Artifacts Data Driven Focus Student Support Programs/Teams
8 Steps for Successful Teams Teams decide on their own norms and protocolTeams create their own mission, vision, and valuesTeams build shared knowledge (curriculum experts)Teams decide on “essential learning”Teams write common assessmentsTeams write criteria to grade student workTeams administer common assessments to all studentsTeams analyze results to drive future learningTeams identify and implement improvement strategies
9 Our PLC Teams Will Focus On: Mission, Vision and Values Common SMART Goals (Student Achievement) Common Assessments (Summative & Formative) Common Instructional Strategies (Focusing, Processing)
10 Artifacts Are Evidence of Your Collaborative Efforts Examples of Artifacts Your Team Can Work on… Common Plan for Success Curriculum Map SMART Goals for Student Achievement / Learning Common Unit/Chapter/Skills Assessments Common Unit/Chapter/Skills Assignments Common Review Material for all Summative Assessments Common Instructional Strategies Standardized test review materials (AIMS &/or Terra Nova)
11 Mission, Vision and Values MISSION probes the question:What is our purpose?VISION asks the question:What do we want to become?VALUES explore the question:How must we behave in order tomake our vision a reality?
12 Camelback High School Mission Statement "Camelback High School's mission is to provide the best education possible for all students to assist them in achieving their maximum potential, motivate them to strive for success in everything they do and support them as they master the skills needed to prepare them for success in college, career and life."
13 School Improvement Plan Missions & Goals Literacy – All students willdevelop effective readingand writing skills.Mission StatementCamelback High Schoolwill prepare all studentsfor the choices andchallenges of the 21st centuryMath – All students willdemonstrate reasoning andproblem solving in math andacross the curriculum.Responsibility – All studentswill develop and useresponsible decision-makingskills.
14 Why Should We Establish Norms? “Norms put the ‘Golden Rule’ into practice for groups.”“Having a set of norms or ground rules that a group follows, encourages behaviors that will help a group do its work.”“Writing norms is an effective way to democratize a group.”“Writing norms helps create groups that are able to have honest discussions that enable everyone to participate and be heard.”
15 Team Interaction Norms Examples:We will participate without dominating.We will maintain confidentiality.We will focus on what is best for students.We will support the decisions of the team.We will come prepared to actively participate.We will address the issues/concerns.Refrain from doing work that does not pertainto the team agenda during the meeting.
16 Responsibilities of PLC Team Members: We will:1. Adhere to norms.Enforce norms by communicating with teammembers who do not adhere to the norms.Be informed of what takes place atteam meetings if absent.
17 Strategic and Specific Identify SMART Goals for Your TeamStrategic and SpecificMeasurableAttainableResults-orientedTime boundRefer to handout: SMART Goals
18 Are these SMART Goals? Are they… Strategic and SpecificMeasurableAttainableResults-orientedTime boundBy the end of first semester, the D and F rates will decrease by 25%.Our students will increase their scores on the CRT test.As a result of our new writing strategy, 20% more freshmen will pass the ACE test second semester.
19 Purpose for Assessment: Assessment will support learning of important content and furnish useful information to both the teacher and the students.Adapted from, Classroom Assessment for Student Learning. Rick Stiggins
20 • Requires collaboration among teachers Why Common Assessments?Some of the Benefits are…• Focus instruction on essential learning • Reinforces common core curriculum • Creates better (more valid and reliable) exams • Results identify curricular areas and instruction thatneeds attention.• Requires collaboration among teachers• Provides objective indicators of effectiveness
21 Ubiquitous assessments that occur during the learning. Types of AssessmentsSummativeAssessmentOFLearningFormativeAssessmentFORLearningUbiquitous assessmentsthat occur during the learning.Both students and teachersshould help make decisionsabout these assessments.This type of assessmentis used to evaluatestudents’ attainment ofcourse objectives/skills.This type of assessment takesplace after the learninghas occurred.
22 Types of Assessments Formative Summative Assessment Assessment FOR OF LearningSummativeAssessmentOFLearningHomeworkBell workFocusing StrategiesProcessing StrategiesChecking for UnderstandingQuizzesUnit ExamsSemester ExamProjects or PerformanceFormal Essay/Term Paper
23 The PLC “Cycle” for Continuous Improvement for All Teams SMART Goals: Student AchievementRadical Celebration!Action Plan to Achieve the GoalsShared Mission – Fundamental Purpose … Why? Shared Vision - What are we to become Shared Values – Commitments to ActionSchool-WideRisk-taking culture- focus Inquiry & ActionAnalysis of the DataResults Orientation – Data collected to reflect Goals
24 Where do we start? Form content area teams Select a Team Leader Establish Team NormsWrite the Mission, Vision and Values StatementsAnalyze the dataWrite 1-2 SMART GoalsDevelop an Action Plan for each GoalCollect Artifacts
26 Collaboration vs. Integration Like courses/ same content areaDifferent courses/ content areaTeachers in teamsAligned to same course standardsCollaborationIntegrationAligned to different course standardsTied to student learningSame artifacts, same rubricSome common artifacts, different rubric