Collaborative Brain Power Presented by Amanda English and Erin Kanouse What is a Professional Learning Community or PLC The professional learning community is seen as a powerful staff development approach and ID: 228709 Download Presentation
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Professional Learning Communities: Collaborative Brain Power!
Presented by: Amanda English and Erin Kanouse
What is a Professional Learning Community or PLC?
learning community is seen as a powerful staff development approach and
change and improvement.
It incorporates collaborative learning among colleagues in similar fields or environments.
When you walk into a
school (or group)
that is functioning as a professional learning community, you have a sense that people understand what is important, what the priorities are; and they are working together in a collaborative way to advance the school toward those goals and priorities.
How is this Different than a Staff Meeting?
run by the administrator
Less input and sharing by staff
Usually talking about laws and regulations, deadlines, but less regarding learning new skills
Only the district staff versus
Not specific to one field (VI)
Why are PLCs Important?
Supportive and Shared LeadershipCollective CreativityShared Values and Vision Supportive ConditionsShared Personal Practice
Supportive and Shared Leadership
In the PLC model, principals and administrators become part of the learning and sharing community for the good of the school or students. They are no longer seen as “all knowing
our supervisors to participate in this type of structured
The old phrase “two brains are greater than one” really fits here!
reinventing the wheel! Saves time!
Tap into what others are trying
ways to teach a new/difficult skill
their capacity to create the results they truly desire
Dialogue to allow staff to discuss specific students’ learning and identifying related issues and problems as well as reoccurring issues with students that have been shared over time.
Shared Values and Vision
Striving toward a common goal!
Creating Uniformity (Our services should look very similar):
Box Documents/Checklists (Accessible to team)
Team discussions of Best Practice
Rules of the Group
opinion is valid: No idea is a bad idea
"Instead of looking for superheroes, we need to work collectively to help everyone be successful
Shared Personal Practice
Sharing learned techniques from conferences
Tricks of the trade
Difficulties and Successes
formal and informal leaders have to be clear that the goal is collaboration and not competition,"
How Do You Create a PLC?
by our administrator to
guide and organize, but all team members play an equal role.
Determined needs (Brainstorm ideas)
Show First Meeting Ideas (Evernote)
Started establishing a list of what we wanted to accomplish
Share what our list looked like
Rules of our group
Set a date and KEEP THE DATE!
PLC Leaders’ Purpose
meeting schedule once a month
Notes/ follow up after meetings
First meeting develop group norms
How do we want to function
Don't take on too much
Keeping the team on track
solutions not the problems
everyone a minute to get things off their chest and then, "I'm all in"
Possible norm- not checking phones and emails
Possibly assign roles (time keeper, someone who keeps you on task, etc.)
Have a set start and end time (maybe 2 hours?)
Example from our first meeting:
Topics Addressed During a PLC: Maintaining Confidentiality
Using Evernote to keep a record of our PLC
Questions on Note-taking Apps
in transferring notes over
team unable to access One Note
Mining Concerns from Tech
Topics: Organization Project
Taking time to Organize our staff storage
through old and unused materials
like materials for easy retrieval
Inventory to save money
and What is Visual Impairment
Not Completing projects to fruition
Ok to have multiple meetings on one topic
We try to return back to our list of projects to allot time for it.
Team PLC Evolution
2 leaders to help plan and organize team
Brainstorms to determine our focus
Changing to meet the team’s needs
roles (as presenters of topics)
(Latest endeavor will be to take components of our specialties and share them with each other in a 1 hour focused training)
special guests to help train and present to the group
We developed ours after a Town Hall Meeting with the Bureau (BSBP) after questions were voiced from various ISDs staff.
smaller organizations or isolated instructors
information from PD
of Group (Do not want to have too many, so all voices can be heard and you can accomplish tasks/solutions)
out Survey Monkey for
Google Docs to create an agenda (anyone can add information)
Time commitment for learning increases cohesive plans for team and
information with each other so all are up to date with current accurate information for when
us we are part of a team and accountable
get everyone on the same page
solving as a team versus on your own
more information disseminated in a quicker fashion
empowered and refreshed and ready to take on more when tackling it as a group.
Controversial Topics Lead to Learning
When they discuss a topic as potentially controversial as assessments, the team learns from each other. "We're not always on the same page and can have healthy disagreements," she says. "Rather than be defensive, we sit down and discuss."
Topics that one teacher thought to be taught well were discussed and methods for filling in the holes were discussed to create a better lesson
This Says It All!
"Now, my colleagues and I are always going to each other for advice
How have PLCs impacted our VI team?
Drop Box for Frequently needed Forms, Checklists
Youth Low Vision, Driving with
, Tech Checklists,
We’ve Developed many of our own checklists
Quicker development of measurable IEP goals
Periodically reviewing caseloads to make sure people are feeling like their caseloads are manageable
More collaboration on challenging cases
One of our Checklists
Ready, Set, Jump Start YOUR Collaborative Brain Power!