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Deborah Lyman

Professional Learning Communities: Communities of Continuous Inquiry and Improvement - Introduction - 28 views

    SEDL discusses some of the interpretations of PLC. Additionally, SEDL discusses the development and attributes of a functional PLC. SEDL also discusses the variety of configurations of professional learning communities.
Florence Dujardin

Revisiting Professional Learning Communities to Increase College Readiness - 17 views

    For over a decade, professional learning communities (PLCs) have been touted as an effective way to build upon the knowledge and skills of experienced teachers, yet much of the evidence base is derived from self-reports by practitioners. Although several generations of school reform (the standards movement, No Child Left Behind, and now the Common Core State Standards) have cited improving teacher effectiveness as key to improving student achievement, little change has occurred in the nature of professional development. This article argues that professional development generally, and PLCs in particular, would benefit from the insights gleaned from the extensive literature on teacher expertise that focuses on how well teachers understand the content they teach and how well they understand how students learn that content.
Debra Spear

CCSS Math Resources and PLC - 73 views

    I'm sorry - the last link was incorrect. This one, is the correct link to CCSS - Math Resources and PLC. Discussion, sharing, resources - mostly grades Math 6 - Algebra. Join the conversation as we implement the common core.
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    It asks for a school code?
    Sorry, again. The link should not have included "lausd" at the front of the URL. This one will work - thank you for notifying me of the problem.
    This new link also has a login.
    yes - the new login requires that you register with edmodo as a teacher - it's free. After registering, it will let you participate in the group.
Debra Spear

CCSS Math Resources and PLC - 89 views

    Math Resources and PLC. Discussion, sharing, resources - mostly grades Math 6 - Algebra. Join the conversation as we implement the common core.
Roland Gesthuizen

for the love of learning: Dysfunctional PLCs - 107 views

    I have come to see a disturbing trend among some teachers' work environments. I've come to hear how some teachers feel like prisoners to their Professional Learning Communities. 

» At Star Wars Elementary School I know this much is true. - 123 views

    View the slideshare at the end, it shows RtI and PLC in a manner anyone over the age of 10 can understand! :)
Matt Renwick

Education Week Teacher: How to Make the Most of Your Professional Learning Community - 33 views

  • During our first meeting of the school year, we jotted down on sticky notes what each of us wanted to accomplish in our weekly meetings. Three main ideas rose to the top and have driven our work together ever since: support for each other, help with pacing an overwhelming curriculum, and detailed plans to implement with our students. Everything we do as a group addresses one or more of these three objectives.
  • Talking about the issues and pressures of teaching—always in a solutions-focused way, of course—is cathartic itself.
  • PLCs must find ways to share the workload, not increase it.
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  • Effective PLCs must focus on student learning. It's no use becoming bogged down in issues or procedures that are out of our control as classroom teachers.
  • To keep ourselves on track, we examine our students' strengths and weaknesses, creating plans that maximize student success.
Frederick Williams

Seven Community Colleges and Two National Organizations Join Forces to Aid Workforce in Distressed Northeast with $23.5 Million | Achieving the Dream - 6 views

    Not related to my PLC, but I thought this was a nice article.
Mary Jo Egus

Launching Professional Learning Communities: Beginning Actions: Introduction - 1 views

    A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is defined as a school in which the professionals (administrators and teachers) continuously seek and share learning to increase their effectiveness for students, and act on what they learn (Hord, 1997).
Virginia Meadow

NSTA :: Communities Foyer - 0 views

    Science Education NSTA PLC
Al Tucker

Education 2011: A case study in seniority-and burn-out - Buffalo Spree - September 2011 - Buffalo, NY - 74 views

  • The following year teachers are required to “map” curriculums, a long process with no apparent functional use. Teaching for Understanding and Cross Curriculum Literacy are two trendy new programs promoting the latest hot topic. Everyone reads Active Literacy before author Heidi Hayes Jacobs arrives amidst great fanfare to promote her comprehensive program, which administrators cherry-pick, then forget. By 2008 the latest buzz-phrase is Professional Learning Communities. The high school adopts this concept at considerable cost and strife. Three years later Principal Power moves on, and PLCs fizzle. With each new initiative Sara’s enthusiasm diminishes. She has twenty-two years of books, binders, and workshop folders stacked in a file drawer, representing hundreds of hours of abandoned work. Sara digs through the strata like a scientist noting geologic eras. She ponders the energy spent on each new program, technological advance, and philosophical shift, and decides the only way she’ll make it to retirement is to stop caring so much. President Obama introduces the Race to the Top Fund, and by 2010 New York has successfully secured its slice of the cash cow. Common Core Standards are developed in 2011, and a system is put into place to rate teachers based on student test scores. Epilogue In 2013 the anti-union movement hits NY State and teacher unions lose the right to collectively bargain. With the help of key Assembly members, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo push through legislation they had endorsed for years eliminating the time-honored practice of laying-off teachers by seniority—“last hired, first fired.” A new math teacher is hired at Sara’s school. Being young and unattached, Bob impresses the new principal, who sees to it that he is not assigned the “problem” kids. Sara remains a competent and dedicated teacher, but the fire is out. She is asked to mentor Bob, but feels no motivation to train the competition. Bob can’t help but notice that Sara shows little interest in the newest reform initiatives. In 2014 a math position is cut due to budget constraints. At half the pay, Bob is clearly the better choice. Sara is laid off, and at age fifty, with a son in college, she joins the unemployed.
    this article seems to chronicle the last fifteen years of my career - but the characters names are all different.
Deborah Baillesderr

Giving the Classroom Back to Kids: Supporting Independent Learning through the Flipped Model - YouTube - 59 views

    Kids teaching kids!
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