Rationale For Collaboration
Teachers have for too long been relegated to the classroom with little or no interaction with their peers. Days, weeks , months, years passed with no collaborative planning or sharing of strategies. The expertise of each teacher was never shared with others. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) challenge the practice of isolation. PLCs foster collaboration and the sharing of best practices. By joining together, teachers have the potential to affect great changes in their students and the school. High‐performing schools embrace collaboration and make it part of their culture. It is essential that this professional practice become part of the way we do business.
QVE PLC Defined:
Last year our campus went on an exploration in search of the Star PLC!
During this time campus teachers and leaders witnessed collaboration at its’ best! Although each PLC was different, they were all similar in which they focused on learning. Each PLC took on a form that adapted to the members and personalities of its’ individual team members. We learned that the PLC is not a meeting or a program but the way in which a team works together to ensure members are focused on the work. The PLC is a time for our teachers to focus on 3 Big Ideas: (1) Focus on Learning for students/adults (2) Collaboration (3) Focus on Results. We do this as we design a format to address the following questions:
1. What do we want students to learn?
2. How will we know if students are learning?
3. How will we respond when students don’t learn?
4. How will we respond when students already know it?
This year- we plan to become even more successful in evolving into a true professional learning community. We will see our teachers taking on more risk to guarantee every student at QVE is successful in his/her learning goals.
Check out 2nd Grade Team, our winners of the STAR PLC contest: http://safeshare.tv/w/KSZToImcVz