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Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Teaching Construct 4.2: Collaboration and Leadership

The very essence of a professional learning community (PLC) is a focus on and a commitment to the learning of each student. When a team functions as a PLC, members of the team embrace high levels of learning for all students as the fundamental responsibility of those who work within it. In order to achieve this purpose, the members of a PLC create and are guided by a clear and compelling vision of what they must do in order to help ALL students learn. They make collective commitments clarifying what each member will do ensure that this happens, and they use results-oriented goals to mark their progress. Members work together to clarify exactly what each student must learn, monitor each student’s learning on a timely basis, provide systematic interventions that ensure students receive additional time and support for learning when they struggle, and extend and enrich learning when students have already mastered the intended outcomes.

Watch the video below about the importance of PLCs!
Creating a Professional Learning Community at Work: Foundational Concepts and Practices
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What's Next for Mentoring?

Don't forget- I'm off the grid for observations for the rest of November unless you request me due to time spent observing for the Observation ETM.

These have been awesome so far! I'm so glad Blue Valley gives us the opportunity, time, and resources to be able to get out and learn from the best! It's not too late to take advantage of this if you haven't yet and are still interested!

If you are unsure about which ETMs are available or how to sign up for them, go to for all of that information. Information for how to write and submit your reflection are also included on that page. Don't forget that part- that's what will get you the credit for attending!

Some up and coming face-to-face ETMs are as follows:
  • 12/2- K-5- Creating and Maintaining an Effective Classroom Environment Part 2
  • 12/3- 6-12- Creating and Maintaining an Effective Classroom Environment Part 2

A Little Something Extra to Make you Laugh about the Power of Teamwork

The Power of Teamwork - Funny Animation.