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Professional Learning Communities: Collaborative Brain Power!

Presented by: Amanda English and Erin Kanouse

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What is a Professional Learning Community or PLC?

The professional

learning community is seen as a powerful staff development approach and

beneficial strategy

for

school

change and improvement.

It incorporates collaborative learning among colleagues in similar fields or environments.

–SEDL.org

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.

-

Lunenberg

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How is this Different than a Staff Meeting?

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

regional

Not specific to one field (VI)

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Why are PLCs Important?

Supportive and Shared LeadershipCollective CreativityShared Values and Vision Supportive ConditionsShared Personal Practice

Source: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/

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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

.”

-SEDL

Encouragement from

our supervisors to participate in this type of structured

learning/planning/sharing

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Collective Creativity

The old phrase “two brains are greater than one” really fits here!

Not

reinventing the wheel! Saves time!

Tap into what others are trying

Brainstorm

ways to teach a new/difficult skill

Expand

their capacity to create the results they truly desire

Reflective

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.

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Shared Values and Vision 

Striving toward a common goal!

Creating Uniformity (Our services should look very similar):

Drop

Box Documents/Checklists (Accessible to team)

Evaluations

Team discussions of Best Practice

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Supportive Conditions

Rules of the Group

Everyone’s

opinion is valid: No idea is a bad idea

All

In

!

NO Tech!

Positive

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"Instead of looking for superheroes, we need to work collectively to help everyone be successful

.“

--

DuFour

Slide10

Shared Personal Practice

New

Techniques

Sharing learned techniques from conferences

Best Practice

Tricks of the trade

Share

Difficulties and Successes

Slide11

Create Trust

“The

formal and informal leaders have to be clear that the goal is collaboration and not competition,"

says Anne

Smith.

--

Edutopia

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How Do You Create a PLC?

Team Leaders

were chosen

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!

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PLC Leaders’ Purpose

Develop

meeting schedule once a month

Notes/ follow up after meetings

First meeting develop group norms

How do we want to function

Develop vision

Don't take on too much

Keeping the team on track

Focus

on

solutions not the problems

G

ive

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?)

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Example from our first meeting:

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Topics Addressed During a PLC: Maintaining Confidentiality

Using Evernote to keep a record of our PLC

Confidentiality

Questions on Note-taking Apps

Glitches

in transferring notes over

Full

team unable to access One Note

Data

Mining Concerns from Tech

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Topics: Organization Project

Taking time to Organize our staff storage

Sorting

through old and unused materials

Grouping

like materials for easy retrieval

Labeling

shelves

Basic

Inventory to save money

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Topics: Website

Staff updates

Administrator

Contact

Overview

and What is Visual Impairment

Resources

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Challenges:

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.

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Team PLC Evolution

2 leaders to help plan and organize team

Group

Brainstorms to determine our focus

Ever

Changing to meet the team’s needs

Rotating

roles (as presenters of topics)

Example

(Latest endeavor will be to take components of our specialties and share them with each other in a 1 hour focused training)

Inviting

special guests to help train and present to the group

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Regional PLC

We developed ours after a Town Hall Meeting with the Bureau (BSBP) after questions were voiced from various ISDs staff.

Need

for

support:

smaller organizations or isolated instructors

Share

information from PD

Size

of Group (Do not want to have too many, so all voices can be heard and you can accomplish tasks/solutions)

Send

out Survey Monkey for

Dates

Google Docs to create an agenda (anyone can add information)

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Example of Regional PLC Topics from March Meeting

https://

docs.google.com/document/d/1P5hAGJQvx6OLy26XPGFRsiozg_Ff7K07M9CmuM3Ffsc/edit

VI Professional Learning Community (Word Doc)

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Benefits versus Sacrifices

Time commitment for learning increases cohesive plans for team and

region

Sharing

information with each other so all are up to date with current accurate information for when

caseloads change

Reminds

us we are part of a team and accountable

Helps

get everyone on the same page

Problem

solving as a team versus on your own

Get

more information disseminated in a quicker fashion

Feel

empowered and refreshed and ready to take on more when tackling it as a group.

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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."

Edutopia

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

.-

Edutopia

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This Says It All!

"Now, my colleagues and I are always going to each other for advice

.“

--

Edutopia

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How have PLCs impacted our VI team?

Developed

Drop Box for Frequently needed Forms, Checklists

Youth Low Vision, Driving with

Bioptics

, 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

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One of our Checklists

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Ready, Set, Jump Start YOUR Collaborative Brain Power!

Start your PLC today!

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Resources

http

://www.ncpublicschools.org

/

http

://www.sedl.org/change/issues/issues61.html

http

://

www.edutopia.org/professional-learning-communities-collaboration-how-to

CREATING A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

COMMUNITY, Fred

C. Lunenburg

http

://www.nationalforum.com/Electronic%20Journal%20Volumes/Lunenburg,%

20Fred%20C%20Creating%20a%20Professional%20Learning%20Community%20NFEASJ%20V27%20N4%202010.pdf

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Contact Us!

Amanda English-aenglish@kresa.org

Erin Kanouse-ekanouse@kresa.org


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