Professional Learning Community


How many movies can you name that glorifies teachers?

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The Smart and Good School

Great schools row as one; they are quite clearly in the same boat, pulling in the same direction in unison. The best schools we visited were tightly aligned communities marked by a palpable sense of "we."

Lickona and Davidson (2005)

Teaching is the second most private act that adults engage in.

Pronoun Problem

When we hear "I, my and you" then we know the practice of individual autonomy is still at work.

Collective Responsibility

US, WE and OURS is reflective of a culture of true collaboration.

WHY Should we commit to learning for All?

  • By 2018 nine out of 10 workers with a high school education or less will be limited to three occupation clusters - food and personal services, sales and office support, or blue collar jobs - that either pay low wages or are in decline.
  • In the 20th century, illiterates were those who could not read
  • in the 21st century, illiterates will be those who have not learned how to learn or continue their learning beyond the K-12 system.
  • The United States has moved from the land of social mobility through hard work to one of the three countries in the industrialized world where the odds of escaping poverty are the worst.
  • A child born in the bottom 20% of family incomes is ten times more likely to stay there than a child in the top 20% is of falling to the bottom 20%.
  • A child born to a high school dropout has a one in 17 chance of earning a bachelor's degree
  • Potential dropouts can be predicted as early as first grade and identified with accuracy by third grade.
  • Students who fail school are three times more likely to be unemployed.
  • Students who fail school will earn 33 cents for every dollar a college graduate earns, which is the largest discrepancy of all major economies in the world.
  • High school dropouts are 63 times more likely to be incarcerated.
  • On average, each high school dropout costs taxpayers $292,000 over his or her lifetime.

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to combat poverty!!!

If we commit to learning for all....

We must engage in 4 critical questions:

-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?

-How will we respond when they already know it?


A system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement. - Merriam Webster Dictionary


Moving Forward...

-Common Formative Assessments - "Check-up" vs. "Autopsy"



-Three Components to Overcoming the Achievement Gap-




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