The HRS Leader
Region 9 High Reliability Schools-February/March 2018
Making PLCs Effective
That brings up another point about PLCs. Campuses should have a way for administrators to stay informed on what PLCs are discussing without being present at or in charge of every meeting. There are lots of ways of doing this, but a plan is important.
Keep in mind the five things a reflective practitioner should do:
- Use a common instructional framework.
- Reflect and set growth goals.
- Engage in focused practice.
- Received focused feedback.
- Observe others.
As a campus, plan for ways to make these happen. Have you decided on a common instructional framework? It can be The Art and Science of Teaching, but you can also work to blend your current framework or model with ASOT.
Do your teachers not only set goals but have a plan in place to reflect and monitor their progress toward that goal? How are teachers encouraged to engage in focused practice? Is ASOT a regular part of you PLCs?
Feedback can come from a lot of different sources. Walkthroughs are the one most people thing of first, but feedback can come from peers or even students. Student opinions are easy to collect in quick exit tickets.
Last, how do your teachers have the opportunity to observe effective teaching? This can be through instructional rounds or a pineapple wall. It can also be through the use of videos during PLCs or faculty meetings. We want to make effective teaching the center of our conversations.
Using Proficiency Scales to Create Assessments
There are three important ideas in regards to proficiency scales:
Important Idea #1: Proficiency scales provide clear focus for instruction to essential learning goals.
Important Idea #2: Proficiency scales serve as the framework for high-quality classroom assessment.
Important Idea #3: Proficiency scales ensure alignment of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and feedback.
Supporting Your ASOT Teachers
One way you can keep in the loop of what your ASOT teachers are doing is to read The ASOT Reflection, our digital newsletter. While these are published within the ASOT Classrooms, they are also shared on Twitter and on our website, www.esc9.net/HRS under Newsletter Archives.
Sharing the HRS Vision
One idea to demonstrate this is to create a vision of instruction that communicates how all of the different pieces of what your school is doing fit together as part of the HRS framework. We've seen this look different from campus-to-campus, but it helps solidify the key concepts of the work the campus is doing.
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