When other people do annoying things, our minds want to guess why. Sometimes we tell ourselves negative stories. This can also happen with institutions when changes are made that don’t make sense. So please let me make a case for one upcoming change.
For over 20 years, evidence has been piling up to validate the use of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to help teachers improve. PLCs bring teachers together in small groups on a frequent, consistent basis. The goal is to improve student learning through continuous, job-embedded learning for educators.
Three big ideas drive the work of PLCs (from Learning by Doing):
- Focus on learning – this is the biggest idea: the goal is that all students will learn at high levels (grade level or higher). If we want students to continually learn, we as educators must continually be learning.
- Create a collaborative culture – educators must work collaboratively and take collective responsibility for the success of each student.
- Results orientation – we must see evidence of student learning.
Our latest upgrade in implementing PLCs came this school year when we scheduled half-days on the last Wednesday of each month. We understood the inconvenience this caused families, but we felt we needed this time in order to move forward.
And now the change: we are convinced we need to have PLCs meet even more frequently, so next year students will leave school approximately 90 minutes early on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of most months. Childcare will be available at the elementary. Supervision will be provided for MSHS students as they wait for rides in the cafeteria. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we seek to increase student learning and be exceptional, Christ-centered educators!