MSTA Grant PLC Leaders Training
MSTA Grant PLC Leaders Training
AWCPA Leadership Team
Introductions and structure
“Evolution of the Professional Learning Community”
Technical vs Cultural Change
First and Second Order Change
The Role of the PLC Leader and The Four PLC
Structure of the PLC
Next Steps: Duties, Assignments and Commitments
Professional Learning Communities
PLC’s operate under the assumption that
the key to improved learning for students
is continuous, job-embedded learning for
DuFour, et. al, 2006
What’s Different About a PLC?
Read, “How Do Principals Really Improve
Briefly discuss the article in pairs, and
share out key ideas.
PLCS are a Team
Teams bring together
exceed those of
any individual on
Teams are more effective with
Teams motivate and
foster positive peer
PLC’s will meet at AWCPA one week, and
the district the following week.
will be a fluid process and the meetings
will be aligned, “Same Focus- enhance
student learning and achievement”.
MS Staff will meet at the PLCC, and HS will
be at various High Schools in the district.
See attached schedule.
The Four Questions
What is it we expect the students to learn?
How will we know when they have learned it?
How will we respond when they don’t learn?
How will we respond when they already know
-DuFour, DuFour, Eaker 2008
Shared Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals
Action Orientation and Experimentation
Focus on Results
Administration and PLC
Initiate structures and systems
Pose the right questions
Model what is valued
Lead for change
In order to influence change…
Change in values, beliefs, practice
in student achievement
Change in student achievement
Change in beliefs
Group Process Facilitator
One who contributes structure and process to
interactions so groups are able to function effectively. A
helper and enabler whose goal is to support others as
they achieve exceptional performance.
Group Process Facilitation
A way of providing leadership without taking the reins. A
facilitator’s job is to get others to assume responsibility,
to take the lead, and engage in meaningful collaboration.
-Facilitation At A Glance
Group Process Facilitators:
Do not have all the answers, are not always the content experts
Stay neutral, if you must move out of facilitator role and into role as
participating member of group identify that move.
Are responsible for room set up that supports effective teams
Listen; demonstrate that you are listening by using verbal and non verbal
cues. (Refer to norms when issues arise.)
Paraphrase or clarify for the benefit of all members of the group.
Watch the time (or appoint a timekeeper)
Build capacity and buy-in, redirect questions by sending to others rather
than answering yourself
Use humor – appropriate humor!
Call and identify sidetracks, stay true to norms.
Encourage all group members to acknowledge dysfunctional behaviors as
they occur. (Remember the focus and intended outcomes, improve
instruction to increase achievement.)
Facilitators At A Glance
Processes for Groups
Set the stage
Focus Attention: Norms always present at the beginning of each meeting.
ONE THING: outcomes, make clear at the beginning of each meeting.
Check in: Keep meetings positively focused, keep the meeting about the work, avoid negative
conversations about kids.
Check the group to see where you are: Reflection on group progress, responsibility checks.
Check for agreement: Fist to Five, Thumbs Up.
Look for commonalities, agreement
Identify polar points – What would it take for this to work for you?
Take a break – get up and stretch
Move on and come back to issue
Check to see if it can hold until the next meeting. Perhaps the group needs more information.
essential learning's (Power Standards)
and use common assessments
Everyone participates and works toward the
common goal – achievement for all students
Re-teach essential skills
Data posted in dropbox folder
Teams develop collective norms and honor
their team norms
-adapted from DuFour, et. al.
Team Agenda Template
Guides the meeting
Identify area of work on flowchart
Topic covered on timeline, be specific
Reflection Form- end of each cycle
Provides information for next meetings
Assignments and Commitments, for all
What was the focus of our discussion?
What did we learn about teaching our
content and lesson plans that were
What did we learn about our students;
First Meeting: Norms need to be set and
widentify essential standards.
Stay focused on ensuring student learning
Leadership and Facilitators
Example is not the main thing in
influencing others, it’s the only thing.