Profes s ional Collaboration
January 23, 2017
• Understand how professional collaboration connects to
school improvement and increased student achievement
• Provide an overview of Profes s ional Collaboration in D203
Implement a new model of job embedded professional learning to
improve teacher efficacy and student learning.
Conduct a thorough analysis of how to best structure time in the school
day and school year to maximize student learning and professional
Gateway to School Improvement
System of Practice
Laws of School Improvement
Benefits of teacher collaboration
• High achievement of students through improvement of
• Collective res ponsibility of all adults for all s tudents
• Res ults -oriented and accountable practice
• Build teacher capacity for student achievement focus
• Build teacher knowledge through shared practice and supportive
• Effective structure to support intervention and enhancement
What is a PLC?
Professional Learning Communities engage in an ongoing
process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring
cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better
results for the students they serve. Teams work collaboratively
to assess, analyze results, and create interventions and
extensions to ensure the success of all students.
The Four Questions of a PLC
1. What do we want students to know and be able to do?
2. How will we know when the students acquire the essential
knowledge and skills?
3. How will we respond for students who don’t learn the
essential knowledge and skills?
4. How will we respond for students who have already
demonstrated the essential knowledge and skills?
• Initial 2 day PLC training for elementary and junior high leadership teams
• Ongoing building based coaching provided by a professional consultant
• Continual job-embedded coaching for teacher teams provided by
principals, assistant principals, and LSCs to support meeting structures,
facilitation, and focus
•Pilot teams identified at NNHS and NCHS
•Initial 2 day PLC training for both HS leadership teams and pilot PLC facilitators
•Ongoing building based coaching for pilot teams provided by a professional
•2 day training for additional teacher leaders in preparation for 2017-2018 PLC
•Continual job-embedded coaching for teachers teams provided by principals,
assistant principals, and LSCs to support meeting structures, facilitation, and
Value Added Through Collaboration
● High expectations for all students
● Shared understanding of essential
● Trust and transparency among
● Growth Mindset
● Shared ownership of all students