2DINA Interview Questions What process does the district use to determine whether curriculum, instruction and assessment are aligned at the classroom, building, and district level, and with the district’s standards and benchmarks?How does the school/district check that teachers are implementing the standards & benchmarks?What kinds of assessment data do you use to document student progress throughout the year?Describe how you and your colleagues are using formative assessment to change instruction.What is the focus of the district professional development plan? How is the focus determined for the district?What is the content of professional development?To what extent is the teacher learning implemented with fidelity?Do you have scheduled collaboration meetings & what typically happens at these meetings?What is the impact on student performance?
3Outcome 1: School leaders build and sustain system capacity to implement the Iowa Core Curriculum. Outcome 2: Community members & other supporting agencies work together to support the implementation of the Iowa Core CurriculumOutcome 3: A continuous improvement process to improve teaching and learning is used at the district and school level.Outcome 4: District leaders & other educators monitor & use data to increase the degree of alignment of each and every student’s enacted curriculum & other relevant educational opportunities to the Iowa Core Curriculum.Outcome 5: Educators engage in professional development focused on implementing Characteristics of Effective Instruction & Assessment & demonstrate understanding of Essential Concepts & Skill Sets.Outcome 6: Educators implement effective instructional practices for each and every student.
5Changing the Focus Every student can learn Every student will learn Old FocusEvery student can learnFocus on teachingIsolationAssessment OF learning (Summative)Failure is an optionNew FocusEvery student will learnFocus on learningCollaborationAssessment FOR learning (Formative)Failure is not and optionME
6PLC Institute: Intended Outcomes PLC Development What are PLCs? Congruency & Consistent Quality of InstructionHow can PLCs improve student achievement and help close the achievement gap?How are collaborative cultures/teams developed?How does a focus on learning differ from a focus on teaching? SLE & IA COREWhat can be done when students don’t learn/already know? Pyramid Response to Intervention (RTI)Sandy
7PLC Institute: Participant Expectations Share the vision & key information from the PLC institute with colleaguesAssist in developing the SIP/PLC action planSupport the implementation of the PLC planAssist in the development of a collaborative cultureProvide leadership & support for PLCs throughout the school yearME
9PLC FeedbackI get it! The picture is now complete! Our district has been working towards this for several years. We already have a lot in place with CI, mission, SMART goals, SLE, formative assessment, data, data centers & folders, etc…..It just makes sense!“It’s not the words “Professional Learning Community” that makes the difference. It is the emphasis on Learning that drives everything.”
10PLC Feedback “We need to focus on the right questions.” Collaboration, Collaboration, Collaboration“Importance of culture to enhance learning.”“We need to focus on the right questions.”Collaboration & common assessments will allow me to adapt my strategies as needed by individual students.Where is our Pyramid of Interventions?!!Thanks & Vision
11PLC FeedbackWe can’t wait for all staff to get onboard…we have to move forward without them.”Working with resistant people you can’t change people’s attitudes, focus on their behaviors and making better experiences for them.“Looking at the student through a different lens. Excellence for all”
13Discuss preliminary thoughts on action plans for implementing PLCs. Share Action PlansDiscuss preliminary thoughts on action plans for implementing PLCs.During the school year every School will develop an action plan to implement the PLC framework that will include a timeline, opportunities for input/feedback, action steps from year 2 PLC plan, data collection regarding PLC teams, time spent in collaboration.ME