- Warren County Schools

Report
Warren County Schools
A Professional Learning Community in
Action
Superintendent’s Study Council Conference
September 11-14, 2011
Presenters
Dr. Jerry Hale, Director of Schools
Bobby Cox, Assistant Director for
Teaching/Learning
Focus of Presentation
 The focus of our Presentation is the leading
indicator of 3rd Grade Reading Improvement
 Goal 1: To outline our action plan to improve
student learning using the Professional Learning
Community process.
 Goal 2: To demonstrate how we improved in the
area of 3rd grade reading and all subject areas.
2010-11 District Reading Chart 3-8
100
90
80
70
60
2010
2011
50
40
30
20
10
0
All
White
Hisp
Black NatAm
ASN
HPI
ED
SWD
LEP
3rd Grade Reading Compared to State
3rd Grade Reading Scores
47.5
47
46.5
46
45.5
45
44.5
44
43.5
43
42.5
42
3rd Grade Reading Warren Co.
3rd Grade Reading State
Hundreds
2010-11 District Math Chart 3-8
100%
100%
90%
82%
80%
70%
70%
60%
2010
2011
50%
40%
30%
36%
30%
38%
38%
32%
26%
21%
20%
25%
20%
18%
28%
22%
23%
12%
17%
15%
10%
0%
All
White
Hisp
Black NatAm ASN
HPI
ED
SWD
LEP
Action Plan for Improvement
 What is Improvement? Making gradual
growth with all students.
 Implementing the PLC process to help all
students improve.
 Have a laser like focus on student learning
not just teaching the material.
PLC Defined
 What is the definition of a Professional Learning Community?
 “Educators committed to working collaboratively in ongoing
processes of collective inquiry and action research to achieve
better results for the students they serve. Professional learning
communities operate under the assumption that the key to
improved learning for students is continuous, job-embedded
learning for educators.”
(Dufour, Dufour, Eaker, and Many, 2006)
So What is a PLC?
The Essential Elements of a PLC are:
1. A PLC is a collaborative venture.
2. A PLC is always focused on student learning.
3. A PLC distributes leadership responsibilities.
4. A PLC narrows the curriculum to its essence.
5. A PLC shares best practices as a means of improving
instruction.
6. A PLC uses “assessment for learning”.
7. A PLC Improves professional practice.
Four Questions that Guide the Work of
our Collaborative Teams
 What do we expect students to learn and be able to do?
 Essential outcomes, essential standards, learning
targets, pacing
 How will we know if they learn it?
 Common assessments, quick checks for
understanding, results analysis
 How do we respond when students experience difficulty in
learning?
 Differentiated instruction, intervention programs,
RTI
 How will we respond when students do learn?
 Differentiated instruction, enrichment activities
Improvement in Reading by Design
 Early identification of reading difficulty Pre-K-Grade 2
DIBELS
 Begin with Phonics based program and moving to
fluency and comprehension to touch all 5 areas of
reading
 Put into place intervention programs to offer students
more time and support to help them learn as pre readers
 Constantly monitoring and adjusting student
intervention to meet their individual need kid by kid
skill by skill
THE END 
Thank You for Your Time and Attention and
Good Luck on Your Journey to Help more
students LEARN more!
PowerPoint can be obtained at
www.warrenschools.com
click Education
click Professional Learning Communities

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