PLCs are here!

2016-2017

Why PLCs?

Center Grove Community School Corporation's Vision:


All students receive an exceptional educational experience.


First, how do we ensure ALL students are learning? Secondly, how do we provide an exceptional educational experience?


Accomplishing these two areas are impossible alone in our classrooms. "Collaborative teams of teachers, doing the right work, can achieve what individual teachers cannot achieve by working alone." (Eaker and Keating)

So, how do we achieve our vision?


By providing additional collaboration time through participation in Professional Learning Communities, Center Grove teachers will be able to better meet the learning needs of all students.

  • The purpose of our school is to ensure all students learn at high levels.
  • Helping all students learn requires a collaborative and collective effort.
  • To assess our effectiveness in helping all students learn we must focus on results - evidence of student learning - and use results to inform and improve our professional practice and respond to students who need intervention or enrichment.
  • Continuous job-embedded professional development improves student learning.

Quote from Sugar Grove Teacher

"PLCS are an excellent opportunity to focus on specific critical standards and collaborate to ensure success for ALL our students not just the ones in our classroom. A time to share strategies and activities for all levels of learning and “see” what is working to remediate and/or enrich and what is not."

What are Professional Learning Communities?

Professional Learning Community (PLC):

An ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. Professional learning communities operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators. (DuFour)

"Perfection is not the objective: action is. The school or district that actually does the work of a PLC will develop its capacity to help all students learn far more effectively than the school or district that spends years preparing to be a PLC." (DuFour)

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4 Key Questions During the PLC Process

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"Deep learning requires experience, which requires taking action."

(Mintzberg)

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