After working with Richard and Beck Defour at a Seattle Conference in 2012 there was no doubt that this was the instructional framework which we needed to adopt, to support further clarity and consistency in teacher practice. Since that time our leaders and teachers have undertaken professional learning on a weekly basis to embed this highly successful model into our work” , Lyn Boyle, Principal.
What is a Professional Learning Community?
A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is where teachers commit to an ongoing process in working collaboratively, in recurring cycles of collective enquiry and action research, to achieve better results for the students we teach. A PLC undertakes, ongoing and continuous, highly structured work that has been found to have a profound impact on school culture and a result, student learning.
Teams of teachers within our PLC work together to clarify exactly what each student must learn, monitor each student’s learning on a timely basis, provide systematic intervention that ensure that students receive additional time and supporting for learning when they struggle, and extend and enrich learning when students have already mastered the intended outcomes.
Without question, we know that if we are to become increasingly effective in helping students be successful in their learning, then educators must also be continually learning. Our collaboration is systematic with teachers working interdependently in order to impact not only in a single classroom but across a year level and the school.
With the PLC framework, teaching protocols are used consistently to frame every lesson in every classroom across the school. Our protocols are taken from the work of John Hattie and Richard Elmore – highly regarded educational researchers. Students in every class will discuss the Learning Intention of the class, will understand the Success Criteria on which they will self reflect to determine if they have been successful in their learning, they will engage in high quality instruction based on the work of Robert Marzano and they will be provided with Feedback which we know is critical to the improvement of student learning.