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1 Flinn Elementary School Professional Learning Communities March 28, 2009 April 4, 2009

2 Quote of the Day It has become increasingly clear that if we want to improve schools for student learning, we must also improve schools for the adults who work within them. It has become increasingly clear that if we want to improve schools for student learning, we must also improve schools for the adults who work within them. Smylie, M.A., & Hart, A.W.(1999). School Leadership for Learning and Change: A Human and Social Capital Development Perspective

3 To create a professional learning community, focus on learning rather than teaching, work collaboratively, and hold yourself accountable for results! To create a professional learning community, focus on learning rather than teaching, work collaboratively, and hold yourself accountable for results!

4 How we began… Professional Learning Communities were introduced and extensive facilitator trainings began at our school during the fall of Professional Learning Communities were introduced and extensive facilitator trainings began at our school during the fall of It began as a county initiative in 2007 with the support of TeachFirst. It began as a county initiative in 2007 with the support of TeachFirst. We chose six PLC Facilitators (Teacher Leaders) to be part of our School Leadership Team. Our school consists of 38 staff members. We chose six PLC Facilitators (Teacher Leaders) to be part of our School Leadership Team. Our school consists of 38 staff members. PLCs were created using the vertical teaming method. PLCs were created using the vertical teaming method. All instructional staff members, including Kindergarten Aides are members of our PLCs. All instructional staff members, including Kindergarten Aides are members of our PLCs.

5 PLC Goals Consider our Strategic Plan, areas of weakness, and our specific school needs. Consider our Strategic Plan, areas of weakness, and our specific school needs. Provide an open forum for all staff so that everyone has a voice, a say in our school culture, and better understanding of what we want to accomplish as an entire staff. Provide an open forum for all staff so that everyone has a voice, a say in our school culture, and better understanding of what we want to accomplish as an entire staff. Increase teacher awareness and implementation of new classroom strategies. Increase teacher awareness and implementation of new classroom strategies. Improve student learning. Improve student learning.

6 Goals for Effective Professional Development: Establishing and sustaining an effective site-based professional development framework using PLCs. Establishing and sustaining an effective site-based professional development framework using PLCs. Building instructional leadership capacity at the site level. Building instructional leadership capacity at the site level. Increasing teacher learning and use of instructional strategies. Increasing teacher learning and use of instructional strategies. Increasing student learning. Increasing student learning.

7 Building Background Each PLC must have a general focus that reflects a goal in your schools Strategic Plan. Each PLC must have a general focus that reflects a goal in your schools Strategic Plan. Last year the goal we focused on was To increase student achievement in reading. Last year the goal we focused on was To increase student achievement in reading. Our topic to assist us in meeting this goal was to increase and improve reading FLUENCY. Our topic to assist us in meeting this goal was to increase and improve reading FLUENCY.FLUENCY

8 PLC Expectations All PLCs are expected to meet twice monthly. All PLCs are expected to meet twice monthly. Attend all PLC sessions for your group and be on time to all meetings. Attend all PLC sessions for your group and be on time to all meetings. Work cooperatively with all other members of your PLC. Work cooperatively with all other members of your PLC. Use selected activities and strategies in your classroom and be prepared to discuss how your students responded to them. Use selected activities and strategies in your classroom and be prepared to discuss how your students responded to them. Facilitators will reflect on meetings through an online summary program. Facilitators will reflect on meetings through an online summary program.

9 County Level Information One reason our PLCs are so successful is because our county has provided the staff development necessary to assist us in guiding the school level programs. One reason our PLCs are so successful is because our county has provided the staff development necessary to assist us in guiding the school level programs. County administrators read and comment on summaries to reinforce accountability for all. County administrators read and comment on summaries to reinforce accountability for all. They place an emphasis on practicing strategies in the classrooms and bringing them back to share during PLCs. They place an emphasis on practicing strategies in the classrooms and bringing them back to share during PLCs.

10 First PLC Meetings Began as a whole group to discuss ground rules and expectations. Began as a whole group to discuss ground rules and expectations. Created an image as a whole group before breaking up into individual PLCs. Created an image as a whole group before breaking up into individual PLCs. Purposefully made to be comfortable and simple for all. Purposefully made to be comfortable and simple for all. Participated in trust and team-building activities. Participated in trust and team-building activities.

11 Scenario of a Beginning PLC in Action Discussions revolved around Something ELSE we are being required by the county to implement as well as when are we going to find the TIME to conduct these meetings and implement these activities within our classrooms? Discussions revolved around Something ELSE we are being required by the county to implement as well as when are we going to find the TIME to conduct these meetings and implement these activities within our classrooms? What is the point of all of this? What is the point of all of this? I can do other, more important tasks during these meetings and still listen. I can do other, more important tasks during these meetings and still listen.

12 PLC Meetings Each PLC must have a specific focus. Each PLC must have a specific focus. School Administrators and PLC Facilitators meet monthly to develop the topics and agendas for each meeting. School Administrators and PLC Facilitators meet monthly to develop the topics and agendas for each meeting. PLC summaries, written by the facilitators, cover what was accomplished at each meeting and then can be used as minutes to begin the next meeting. PLC summaries, written by the facilitators, cover what was accomplished at each meeting and then can be used as minutes to begin the next meeting. 5 minutes before the end of every meeting, the facilitator asks, What exactly have we decided here today? Record so everyone can visually review. 5 minutes before the end of every meeting, the facilitator asks, What exactly have we decided here today? Record so everyone can visually review. The summaries make the teachers accountable for holding their meetings. The summaries make the teachers accountable for holding their meetings.summaries

13 Role of the School Administrator To participate in county level PLC trainings. To participate in county level PLC trainings. Meet with facilitators to plan school-based meetings and trainings. Meet with facilitators to plan school-based meetings and trainings. Provide time and materials for PLCs to meet bi-monthly. Provide time and materials for PLCs to meet bi-monthly. Provide support and assistance to facilitators if members are uncooperative. Provide support and assistance to facilitators if members are uncooperative. Conduct walk-throughs to observe what is being accomplished during meetings. Conduct walk-throughs to observe what is being accomplished during meetings. Read and comment on summaries. Read and comment on summaries.

14 Logistical and Procedural Details about our PLCs How will they be organized, who will they include, and how many members will each PLC include? How will they be organized, who will they include, and how many members will each PLC include? How often and for how long will we meet? How often and for how long will we meet? What will the focus of our meetings be? What will the focus of our meetings be? What resources will we have for our PLC meetings? What resources will we have for our PLC meetings? Creating a common definition of the PLCs role in our building. Creating a common definition of the PLCs role in our building.

15 Facilitators Set the professional tone, structure, and work ethic of the PLC. Set the professional tone, structure, and work ethic of the PLC. Affords teachers a natural leadership role. Affords teachers a natural leadership role. Makes everyone part of the solution to a problem. Makes everyone part of the solution to a problem. Serve as a role model for all staff. Serve as a role model for all staff. Provide excitement and energy for all staff to relate to while trying new instructional strategies. Provide excitement and energy for all staff to relate to while trying new instructional strategies.

16 Facilitators Behave in a neutral, objective and non-judgmental manner. Behave in a neutral, objective and non-judgmental manner. Guide teachers in instructional conversations built around the Learning Cycle Communicates in a way that is well received. Communicates in a way that is well received. Read the underlying dynamics of the group Read the underlying dynamics of the group Stays on a subject or task until it is completed. Stays on a subject or task until it is completed. Displays professionalism and self-confidence. Displays professionalism and self-confidence. Uses questioning versus telling skills. Uses questioning versus telling skills. Balances contributions among all group members. Balances contributions among all group members.

17 A PLC in Action

18 Teacher Buy-In When teachers take responsibility for improving learning for all students in the school, they move from how I do things in my classroom to how we do things in our school, changing the culture from me to we. The structure of PLCs become groups of teachers coming together to engage in building a sustainable, school-wide instructional framework, using research- based Instructional Strategies to improve student learning across the whole school.

19 Conditions Required to Sustain Successful PLCs Important Points to Remember: Develop a common language Learn from each other Develop action plans Reconvene and reflect Find the time to meet regularly

20 Barriers to Success Absence of Trust Absence of Trust Fear of Conflict Fear of Conflict Lack of Commitment Lack of Commitment Lack of Accountability Lack of Accountability Inattention to Results Inattention to Results Continue to revisit these issues and address them if necessary. Continue to revisit these issues and address them if necessary. P. Lencioni: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

21 Personal Style Compass Point Activity NORTH – Acting – Lets do it! Likes to act immediately, try things, and plunge in NORTH – Acting – Lets do it! Likes to act immediately, try things, and plunge in EAST – Speculating – Likes to look at the big picture, the possibilities, before acting EAST – Speculating – Likes to look at the big picture, the possibilities, before acting SOUTH – Caring – Likes to know that everyones feelings have been taken into consideration; that their voices have been heard, before acting SOUTH – Caring – Likes to know that everyones feelings have been taken into consideration; that their voices have been heard, before acting WEST – Paying Attention to Detail – Likes to know the who, what, when, where, why, before acting WEST – Paying Attention to Detail – Likes to know the who, what, when, where, why, before acting

22 Frayer Model Graphic Organizer Definitions Characteristics Characteristics Examples Non-Examples Non-Examples Professional Learning Community

23 Watching an Established PLC in Action PLC

24 Checking for Understanding PLC summary reports document the discussion and proceedings, identify action steps, and quantify where each PLC is actually spending its professional development time. Principals can access all PLC Summaries in their building to monitor ongoing progress, and district administrators can monitor the same information across all schools. PLC summary reports document the discussion and proceedings, identify action steps, and quantify where each PLC is actually spending its professional development time. Principals can access all PLC Summaries in their building to monitor ongoing progress, and district administrators can monitor the same information across all schools.

25 Benefits of PLCs on our School The staff has become more cohesive and trusting of one another. The staff has become more cohesive and trusting of one another. Content is not being duplicated throughout grade levels. Content is not being duplicated throughout grade levels. Ideas are being shared and practiced among all grade levels. Ideas are being shared and practiced among all grade levels.

26 Benefits of PLCs on our School Topics and Concepts that have been addressed during PLCs include: Topics and Concepts that have been addressed during PLCs include: Reading Fluency Reading Fluency Formative and Summative Assessment ideas and strategies Formative and Summative Assessment ideas and strategies Checking for Understanding Strategies Checking for Understanding Strategies County Learning Targets County Learning Targets Descriptive Feedback Strategies Descriptive Feedback Strategies Student mentoring program Student mentoring program

27 Continued Benefits It has given us a global sense of what is going on in our school. We are not 6 isolated entities any longer. We have become ONE cohesive school! It has given us a global sense of what is going on in our school. We are not 6 isolated entities any longer. We have become ONE cohesive school! WESTEST and DIBELS results increased last school year in the areas of RLA and reading fluency. WESTEST and DIBELS results increased last school year in the areas of RLA and reading fluency. This school year we have focused on KCS Learning Targets, forms of assessment and feedback. This school year we have focused on KCS Learning Targets, forms of assessment and feedback.

28 The Important Thing about a Spoon The important thing about a Spoon The important thing about a Spoon Is you eat with it. It is like a little shovel, you can hold it in your hand and put it in your mouth. It isnt flat It is hollow and It scoops food up. But the important thing about a spoon is that you eat with it!

29 The Importance of a PLC The important thing about a PLC The important thing about a PLC Is ___________________________ It ___________________________ and _________________________ It ___________________________ But the important thing about a PLC is ___________________________

30 Key Points for a Successful PLC Building Trust Mastering Conflict Achieving Commitment Embracing Accountability Focusing on Results

31 Website Resources reading/el200405_dufour.html

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35 If nothing changes…nothing changes ~ Unknown

36 Handout Resources PLC Reflection Summary PLC Reflection Summary Sample Agenda for upcoming meetings Sample Agenda for upcoming meetings PLC Agenda PLC Agenda Making your PLC your own Making your PLC your own Personal Style activity and questions Personal Style activity and questions Developing Norms within your PLC Developing Norms within your PLC Graphic Organizer Graphic Organizer The Importance of a PLC The Importance of a PLC Whip Around – Providing Feedback Whip Around – Providing Feedback Key Points Key Points

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