Presented to The Benton School Board-December 11, 2017
Professional Learning Communities at Work
The PLC concept also extends beyond the individual school when district leaders become emphatic about certain conditions that must be evident in all schools. Those conditions include: each school must demonstrate a commitment to high levels of learning for all students, teachers must be organized into teams and given time to collaborate, teams must provide students with a viable curriculum for every course and grade level, must develop common assessments, and use the evidence of learning to fuel improvement, the school must create a system of intervention, and the school must have a plan for enriching the learning of students who are proficient.
The Benton School District has trained all principals in the PLC process this last summer and brought in Eric Twadell with Solution Tree to help with implementation and scheduling of PLC's. We will continue to provide an ongoing system of training for continuous school improvement with Professional Learning Communities in our district.
Mrs. Branch's K Class
Caldwell welcomed Mrs. Branch this year as a new K teacher. She works with individual students, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day. Kindergarten focus is always on the development of the child as a whole in our district.
BMS served as Ellis Island for Immigration Day. Ellis Island is a historical site that opened in 1892 as an immigration station, a purpose it served for more than 60 years until it closed in 1954. Ellis Island saw millions of newly arrived immigrants pass through its doors-in fact, it has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.
Capturing Kids' and Teachers' Hearts
Ringgold teacher leaders who were trained through the Process Champions of Capturing Kids' Hearts planned an exciting afternoon for teachers to empower them to reinforce vital skills and processes of CKH. This team is helping colleagues apply and master CKH, leading to permanent transformation of the culture and climate in their classroom and campus.