Presentation on theme: "Six Core Principles of a Professional Learning Community"— Presentation transcript:
1 Six Core Principles of a Professional Learning Community a culture of collaborationshared mission, vision and valuescollective inquiry into best practiceaction orientationcontinuous improvementa focus on results(DuFour & Eaker, 1998)
2 Creating a MissionDo we have a collective commitment to our Mission, Vision, and Values?Are our Mission, Vision and Values statements clear?Does our learning community know and understand our Mission, Vision and Values?
3 Building the Foundation of a Professional Learning Community Mission & VisionThe most important question in any organization has to be “What is the business of our business?” Answering this question is the first step in setting priorities.- Judith Bardwick, The Leader of the Future
4 The Big Picture CLARIFIES PRIORITIES SHARPENS FOCUS FUNDAMENTAL PURPOSEWHY?MISSIONGIVESDIRECTIONSCOMPELLINGFUTUREWHAT?VISIONGUIDESBEHAVIORCOLLECTIVECOMMITMENTSHOW?VALUESESTABLISHESTARGETS &TIMETABLESWHAT STEPSWHEN?GOALS
5 The First Building Block Mission/PurposeWhy do we exist?What are we here to do together?What is the business of our business?
6 Mission Statements“The mission of Stevenson High School is to provide a positive learning environment which will allow students in our school community the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential as responsible contributing members of a changing society”.
7 Mission Statements“It is the mission of our school to help each and every child realize his or her full potential and become a responsible and productive citizen and life-long learner who is able to use technology effectively and appreciate the multi-cultural society in which we live as we prepare for the challenges of the twenty-first century”.- Richard DuFourProfessional Learning Communities at Work (1998)
8 Mission Statements“The mission of Pontiac High School is to ensure that everyone achieves individual excellence”.
9 Mission Statements'To be an outstanding community for Teaching and Learning, at the forefront of innovation, ensuring all exceed their expectations.'Mission Statement January 1998Ravens Wood School
10 Smurals Professional Learning Community To improve student achievement and to enhance staff development within a professional learning communitySmurals Professional Learning Community
11 VisionThere is no more powerful engine driving an organization toward excellence and long-range success than an attractive, worthwhile, and achievable vision of the future, widely shared.- Burt Namus, Visionary Leardership
12 What must our school (we) become to accomplish our purpose? GIVESDIRECTIONSCOMPELLINGFUTUREWHAT?VISIONWhat must our school (we) become to accomplish our purpose?
13 Smurals PLC Vision common focus: planning & delivery of QEP to develop a community of learners (administrators, teachers and students)common focus: planning & delivery of QEPrecentralization of relevant PDjob-embedded professional developmentto share expertise and resources (Admin. & teachers)
14 HOW? Shared … collective commitments GUIDESBEHAVIORCOLLECTIVECOMMITMENTSHOW?VALUESShared … collective commitments“How must we behave to create the school that will achieve our purpose?”“How are we going to act?”
15 Values “ Our Guiding Principles” Smurals PLC Participation of administrators (keep the pieces together)Encourage professional growthFoster open communication & consensusInstill a spirit of collective inquiry, collaboration & reflective practiceOptional attendance, committed participationEvolve and adapt over timeCultivate ownership & develop shared leadershipKey core leadership- Fullan- in order to keep PLC functioning
16 “How will we know if all of this is making a difference?” ESTABLISHESPRIORITIESTARGETS &TIMETABLESWHAT STEPSWHEN?GOALS“How will we know if all of this is making a difference?”
17 Goals What actual changes & learning will take place? Smurals PLC Teacher continuityTeachers visiting teachers (support network)Produce, share and teach cross-cycle unitsReduce isolation - build relationships & teamworkShared leadershipEngage expertise & identify and build a strengths inventoryIncrease craft knowledgeAdministration team network
18 The Big Picture CLARIFIES PRIORITIES SHARPENS FOCUS FUNDAMENTAL PURPOSEWHY?MISSIONGIVESDIRECTIONSCOMPELLINGFUTUREWHAT?VISIONGUIDESBEHAVIORCOLLECTIVECOMMITMENTSHOW?VALUESESTABLISHESTARGETS &TIMETABLESWHAT STEPSWHEN?GOALS
19 This presentation has been adapted from the book Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (2006) by Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, Thomas Many