Recognized as a "Model Professional Learning Community"
Pleasantville Elementary One of only 200 Schools Across the Country to Receive this Distinction!
Pleasantville Elementary was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The Pleasantville Elementary’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:
1. Focus on learning.
2. Build a collaborative culture.
3. Create a results orientation.
Responding to news of the recognition, Tom Roff said, “This is quite an honor for our school. Three years ago, we began the process of really digging into what it took to be a high-functioning professional learning community (PLC) and our school board was willing to invest the time, money and resources to do this the right way. Our grade-level collaborative groups have worked hard to meet the needs of all learners, set goals and achieve results consistently.”
Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.
According to Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Mike Mattos, champions of PLC at Work™, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”
Recognized model PLC schools are listed on allthingsplc.info, where they share implementation strategies, structures, and performance with other educators interested in improving their schools. Tools for team collaboration, articles and research about PLCs, blog posts, and other related resources are also available on the site. The site was developed and is maintained by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance. For more than 20 years, Solution Tree resources have helped K–12 teachers and administrators create schools where all children succeed.
Go to http://www.allthingsplc.info/about for more information on Professional Learning Communities. Click on "See the Evidence" and "PLC Locator" tabs to see Pleasantville's specific story, criteria, data and achievements for more information on our elementary's PLC success.