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    Professional Learning Communities

    One goal of the Midd-West School District’s Professional Development Plan is to create on-going professional development opportunities and Professional Learning Communities (PLC) for all Professional Staff and ensure the creation of teams based on the PLC model by 2010-2011. A PLC plan is one way a teacher can achieve this goal while focusing on the following student achievement goals:

    I. Increasing the four year graduation rate. 

    II.75% of students proficient in Math on the PSSA. 

    III. 75% of students proficient in Reading on the PSSA. 

    IV. Maintain a high level of functional technology and technology literacy.

    A collaboration plan developed by a group of teachers (community) provides the opportunity for research, problem-solving, application, assessment, and reflection. “It is the most promising strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement” as it encourages the “ability for school personnel to function as professional learning communities” (DuFour, Professional Learning Communities at Work: Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement).

    With this in mind, the following information is included in this packet for those teachers who are interested in taking advantage of this professional opportunity in the Midd-West School District.

    1.Professional Learning Community Plan Proposal form (Form PD001-10) 

    2.Professional Learning Community Plan SUMMARY form (Form PD002-10) 

    3.Directions for completing these documents and the collaboration process

    Procedure to Complete Professional Learning Community Plan

    A PLC Plan Proposal must be developed by a teacher with one or more fellow teachers or an administrator, and the plan must reflect the district goal that is professional opportunity will have a positive impact on student learning.

    Directions for Completing the Collaborative Plan Proposal Form (Form PD001-10)

    On the proposal form:

    1.Complete the application information section: include the names and other demographic information of the teachers/administrators who will implement the PCL Plan.

    2.Indicate the number of ACT 48 hours requested for completion of the PLC Plan.

    3.Insert the date the proposal was submitted to principal or supervisor.

    4.Needs Assessment: write a brief explanation of a need the teacher(s)/administrator(s) have identified as requiring further attention. This need should be directly related to increasing student academic success. Include or reference data that demonstrates the need.

    5.Goals and Objectives: specifically outline the goals and objectives of the PLC Plan. These objectives and goals must be directly related to enhancing student learning and student data included in the needs section.

    6.Activities:

    a.Indentify and explain the specific activities that will occur in order to meet the stated goals and objectives of this PLC Plan.

    b.Indentify and explain the specific resources that will be utilized in order to meet the stated goals and objectives of this PLC Plan. These resources may include materials, technology, teachers, administrators, etc., and may be available either inside or outside the Midd-West School District.

    c.Timeline: provide a specific timeline that will be followed in order to meet the stated goals and objectives of this PLC Plan.

    7.Evaluation/Assessment: indentify the specific process/tool/test/etc. that will be utilized in order to determine if the stated goals and objectives of this PLC Plan have been met. This evaluation/assessment can be qualitative and/or quantitative, and it should be directly related to the effect the PLC Plan has had on student learning. If appropriate, any documentation of the evaluation/assessment that will be utilized to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan may also be attached to the form.

    8.All teachers/administrators involved in the development of the plan should sign the proposal form before submitting it to the building principal/supervisor.

    On completion of the Professional Learning Community Plan Proposal form

    1.The completed proposal form (Form PD001-10) must be submitted for approval to the building principal/supervisor.

    2.The building principal/supervisor will indicated approval by signing and dating the proposal form.

    3.The signed form will be forwarded to the Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Technology.

    4.The Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Technology will indicate approval by signing and dating the proposal form.

    5.The signed form will be forwarded to the Superintendent.

    6.The Superintendent will indicate approval by signing and dating the proposal form.

    7.The Curriculum, Instruction & Technology office will return the approval proposal form to the teacher(s) who developed the proposal.

    8.The teacher(s) who developed the PLC plan proposal may now begin implementing the plan.

    Directions for Completing the PLC Plan Summary Form (Form PD002-10)

    When the PLC Plan has been fully implemented and completed, the PLC Plan summary form (Form PD002-10) must be completed and attached to the original approved PLC Plan proposal form.

    On the summary form:

    1.Complete the application information section: include the names and other demographic information of the teacher/administrators who implemented the PLC Plan.

    2.Indicate the number of ACT 48 hours for completion of the PLC Plan.

    3.Evaluation/Assessment: provide a brief evaluation/assessment of the result of the PLC Plan. This explanation should reflect the originally stated goals and objectives of the plan, and it should identify the impact of the PLC Plan on student learning. This evaluation/assessment may be qualitative and/or quantitative. Any documentation that may have been utilized for the evaluation/assessment may be attached to this document for further clarification of results of the plan.

    4.Application of Collaborative Plan to Teaching/Administrative Assignment: provide a brief explanation of how the results/outcomes of the PLC Plan can be directly applied to your current and/or future teaching assignment.

    5.Recommendations for Further Study and Use by Colleagues: a PLC Plan provided an opportunity for members of our learning community to share knowledge and skills that positively impact student learning. In this final section of the summary, give recommendations for how the results of this PLC plan could be further studied and used by others in the district. This may include recommendations for workshops, speakers, in-service training, etc. that would provide a means for sharing the results of this PLC plan with others in the Midd-West School District.

    On completion of the Summary of the Collaboration Plan

    1.The summary form (Form PD002-10) must be attached to the original approved PLC Plan proposal form (Form PD001-10).

    2.The two forms must be forwarded to the building principal/supervisor.

    3.The building principal/supervisor will indicated approval by signing the summary form.

    4.The signed forms will be forwarded to the Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Technology.

    5.The Curriculum, Instruction & Technology office will indicate approval by signing the summary form.

    6.The signed forms will be forwarded to the Superintendent.

    7.The Superintendent will indicate approval by signing the summary form.

    8.The Curriculum, Instruction & Technology office will return the signed forms to the teacher(s) who developed the plan.

    9.The secretary to the Superintendent will record the Act 48 hours.

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