Friday Feedback

12/15/17 Edition


The term "PLC" to many brings to mind a meeting, or a committee, or a day of the week when educators get together to talk about kids. This edition is dedicated to reviewing and reminding of the powers of what it means to truly be a Professional Learning Community with a mindset that PLC is who we are every day.

“A PLC is composed of collaborative teams whose members work interdependently to achieve common goals for which members are mutually accountable” - Dufours

PLC’s must address and know the following -

  1. What do we want all students to learn? (essential, guaranteed, and viable curriculum/standards)

  2. How will we know they are learning? (frequent, team-developed, common formative assessments)

  3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? (systematic interventions = tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3)

4. How will we respond when they do learn or already know it? (enrichment, extension, TAG etc.)

As we approach the winter holiday season and you are checking in with your PLC on your progress and data, here are some items to think about with your SMART Goal and the progress you are making:

  • Are you doing everything in your professional power, as a PLC team contributing to our Professional Learning Community, to keep student learning at the center of your decisions daily?
  • Is the SMART goal you are attacking as a team focused on a barrier or potential barrier to ALL students learning at high levels?
  • How do you plan to communicate your effectiveness, or lack thereof, to the entire professional community?

What's Coming Up?

Monday 12/7 - MS Bball vs. Burlington - 4:30

Thursday 12/10 - MS Bball vs. Mt. P - 4:30

Down the Road...

Friday 12/18 - "Angel Tree" fundraiser ends; 40 students go shopping - recognition assembly 10:40-11 (assembly schedule this day)

Tuesday 12/22 - 1:45 schedule for "Angel Tree" competition - more details to come

Wednesday 12/23-1/3 - Winter Break

“To improve student achievement, educators must first determine the power standards-learning standards that are most essential because they possess the qualities of endurance, leverage, and readiness for success at the next level; ‘the first and most important practical implication of power standards is that leaders must make time for teachers to collaborate within and among grade levels to identify the power standards’ ” (Reeves, 2002)

K-Pride - It's more than just a slogan

Solution Tree: Rick DuFour on the Importance of PLCs