2 What is a Professional Learning Community? A group of people committed to learning and to supporting others in continual learningParticipants learn from each other and with each other
3 Why Professional Learning Communities? Provides teachers and administrators with the kind of experiences they want to provide for their studentsSupport teachers and administrators as they face increasing challengesSupport change and school improvement
4 4 Pillars of a PLC… Mission Vision Values Goals Why does our school exist?VisionWhat kind of school do we want our school to be?ValuesWhat do we have to believe in, commit to and act upon to make our school be that kind of school?GoalsHow do we get there?
5 Characteristics: Shared mission, vision, values, goals Collaborative teamsInquiry into “best practice” and our “current reality”Commitment to continuous improvement
6 If we believe that all kids can learn… What is it we expect them to learn?How will we know when they have learned it?How will we respond when they don’t learn?
7 Where are we? We found time One team meeting per week One grade level planning meeting/week2 observations per semester
8 Next Steps… Purchase Getting Started Revisit the Gauger-Cobbs Mission StatementCreate our common visionIdentify shared valuesReflect on our PEP goalsStructured collaborative activities to get us there.
9 Professional Learning Communities A component of Distributed Leadership