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1 Professional Learning Community Secondary Leaders September 15 &

2 About the Facility Rest Rooms Fire Exits Coffee & Water Hotel will be attached

3 Welcome & Big Picture PLC Overview PLC Leader Role Creating a Collaborative Culture Team Time

4 Change in the Mission of Education Old Mission Every Student CAN learn Assessment OF Learning (Summative) Select and Sort Students Winners and Losers Focus on Teaching New Mission Every Student WILL learn Assessment FOR Learning (Formative) Pyramid of Intervention Failure is Not an Option Focus on Learning

5 Myths and Legends Jot down some of your ideas related to the questions in the boxes Share with your elbow partner and have a brief discussion about the ideas. Be prepared to report out to the larger group. Activity 5 minutes

6 The Foundation of Professional Learning Communities Three Big Ideas Six Characteristics Four Corollary Questions

7 PLC Big Ideas & Core Values Ensuring that students learn -Learning for all A Culture of Collaboration - Teamwork Focus on Results - Data-Driven Decisions

8 Big Idea #1 Focus on Learning The ultimate purpose of schools is to ensure high levels of learning for ALL students. If this is true, then schools will: Clarify what each student is expected to learn Monitor each students learning on a timely basis Create systems to ensure students receive support if they are not learning

9 Big Idea #2 Collaborative Culture We can achieve our fundamental purpose of high levels of learning for all students only if we work together. We cultivate a collaborative culture through the development of high performing teams. - DuFour, DuFour and Eaker

10 PLC Team Structures Course alike teams Grade level teams Vertical teams Similar responsibility teams (Learning Supports, PACT) Interdisciplinary teams District teams

11 Big Idea #3 Focus on Results We assess our effectiveness on the basis of results rather than intention. Individuals, teams, and schools seek relevant data and information and use that information to promote continuous improvement. What do the data tell us?

12 A Shift in Response Frequent common formative assessments to: Inform student decisions Assess frequently Developed jointly by PLC teams Collaborate on response to interventions Monitor student proficiency Respond when kids dont learn

13 Pyramid of Interventions R T I Response to Intervention

14 Focus on Learning Collaborative Culture Collective Inquiry Action Oriented Commitment to Continuous Improvement Results Oriented 6 Characteristics

15 4 Critical Questions What do we want each student to learn, know, or be able to do? What evidence do we have of the learning? How will we respond when some students dont learn? How will we respond to those who have already learned? Student Learning Expectations SMART Goals Formative Assessment Pyramid Of Intervention Differentiated Instruction

16 Student Questions What do I need to know ? Where am I? How do I get there? What happens if I struggle or fail? Student Learning Expectations SMART Goals Data Center & Folder SMART Goals & Action Plan

17 I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think. Socrates (BC 469- BC 399)

18 What is Collaboration? A systematic process in which we work together, interdependently, to analyze and impact professional practice in order to improve out individual and collective results. - DuFour, DuFour, & Eaker (2002)

19 Mark Buehrle White Sox Perfect Game July 23, 2009






25 Trust Trust is …cultivated through speech, conversation, communication and action. Building Trust by Solomon & Flores

26 The relationship among the adults in the schoolhouse has more impact on the quality and character of the schoolhouse – and on the accomplishments of youngsters – than any other factor. -- Roland Barth, Learning by the Heart

27 Relational Trust Focuses on distinct role relationships AND the obligation & expectations associated with themResults Enhances trust or diminishes trust

28 Someones Behavior My belief about the behavior Feelings Outcome/Reactions

29 Enhanced Trust Diminished Trust Expectations Met Expectations Not Met

30 Trusting Relationships 4 Key components Respect Personal regard Personal integrity Competence Built through day-to-day routines and life in the school Researchers Anthony Bryk and Barbara Schneider

31 … the shared understanding by the entire staff that both the staff and the individuals within the staff are reliable and that they can be counted on to do what they say they will do. Trust has been defined as …..

32 The Wright Family

33 Question to Consider… The most critical question to consider when reflecting on the collaboration in your school is not, Do we collaborate? The far more important question is, What do we collaborate about?

34 What Evidence Do We Have That Our Team Collaboration… Focuses on the critical questions of learning? Leads to changes in classroom practice? Increases the teams ability to achieve its SMART goals? Helps individual teachers, the team at large and the school do a better job of helping all students learn at high levels?

35 One Step at a Time Stage 1: Filling the Time Stage 2: Sharing Personal Practices Stage 3: Planning, Planning, Planning Stage 4: Developing Common Assessments Stage 5: Analyzing Student Learning Stage 6: Differentiating Follow-Up Stage 7: Reflecting on Instruction Parry Graham & Bill Ferriter

36 Learning by Doing Capacity building… is not just workshops and professional development for all. It is the daily habit of working together, and you cant learn this from a workshop or course. You need to learn it by doing it and having mechanisms for getting better at it on purpose. -Michael Fullan (2005)

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