Sagebrush a Professional Learning Community
Professional Learning Community (PLC): The Professional Learning Communities framework provides the platform for which all work is done at Sagebrush Elementary School. Our focus will be to provide clarity to the process and make sure that each phase is implemented with fidelity. STUDENT LEARNING is the standard by which ALL decisions are made. Our teachers and staff have worked diligently in tackling the 4 critical questions of the PLC framework: What do we want our students to learn? How will we know they’ve learned it? How will we respond when they haven’t learned it? And how will we respond when they have learned? We have learned that this is a fluid process and that it is important to reflect on all of these questions and make adjustments to each in order to better meet the needs of our students. It is vital to continuously build our staff’s capacity of understanding as it relates to working within a Professional Learning Community. It is the responsibility of the building administrator to put teachers in the position to be successful within the PLC framework. Therefore, we have established collaborative time built into the school day in which teachers clarify essential learnings, calibrate student work, tweak common assessments to ensure adequate rigor levels, share their greatest hits, analyze assessment data, and use data to drive future instruction. This year we have expanded our collaborative work to include vertical articulation of our Reading, Writing, and Math curriculum and expectations. This focus on the right work ensures that our collaborative time is spent on one topic, STUDENT LEARNING!