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Title: Reframing a Professional Learning Community Transforming Our Adult Education World


1
Reframing a Professional Learning
Community Transforming Our Adult Education World
  • NMUSD Adult School
  • 2007-08 Professional Growth Plan
  • Martha Rankin
  • November, 2007

2
2007 NMUSD Staff Development Survey Question
  • Of the following professional development best
    practices, which one would you like emphasized
    most at your site?

3
2007 NMUSD Staff Development Survey Results
Professional Development Best Practices Response Percent Response Total
Using student data to plan professional development
Use of time to improve instructional practices
Leadership
Content and pedagogy
Inquiry and reflection
Collaboration
Accountability
Adult learning
Broad-based support for teacher learning
Planning
4
2007 NMUSD Staff Development Survey Results
Professional Development Best Practices Response Percent Response Total
Using student data to plan professional development 3.1 1
Use of time to improve instructional practices 28.1 9
Leadership 3.1 1
Content and pedagogy 0 0
Inquiry and reflection 0 0
Collaboration 28.1 9
Accountability 0 0
Adult learning 37.5 12
Broad-based support for teacher learning 0 0
Planning 0 0
5
2007 NMUSD Staff Development Survey Question
  • What one suggestion do you have that will help
    improve teacher learning?

6
2007 NMUSD Staff Development Survey Results
  • More staff development and technology training
  • More in-services on technology in the classroom
  • Share lessons Websites on specific skill
    strategies
  • More training in specific areas
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Short strategic workshops or online courses

7
2007 NMUSD Staff Development Survey Results
  • Attend to the individual needs of our students
    as well as the entire group
  • I need new strategies to teach the content
    standards.
  • The classroom visits sparked a lot of discussion
    about what everyone was doing in their classes.
  • Collaboration, observation of other teachers
    strategies, just dialogue

8
2007 NMUSD Staff Development Survey Results
  • We do this, but others would benefit by time
    together to bounce ideas and reflect among peers
    e.g., at lunch, especially after class.
  • More collaboration time between all adult
    education teachers to exchange ideas, teaching
    strategies, assessment models, and classroom
    management
  • Provide more opportunities to collaborate
  • Peer coaching
  • Share experiences

9
2007 NMUSD Staff Development Survey Results
  • Better communication between staff as a whole
    group Meetings with AM PM staff together
  • More staff development by levels
  • More time to meet with other faculty
  • more staff meetings where we could address a
    topic collectively I feel this can improve our
    teaching.
  • Create professional learning communities

10
2007-2008 Professional Growth Plan NMUSD Adult
School
  • Based on our survey results, our plan has two
    foci
  • Train teachers to use the available technology to
    enhance instruction and teach the required SCANS
    and 21st Century skills
  • Create a professional learning community to
    examine student learning and share ways to
    improve learning

11
Professional Growth Plan Components
  • electronic learning community Adult Education
    Matters Weblog
  • peer coaching
  • small group trainings (differentiated and
    needs-based)
  • PLC program teams
  • PLC site teams
  • PLC level teams
  • PLC shared-goal teams

12
Words of Vision
  • Education is not the filling of a pail, but a
    lighting of a fire.
  • William Butler Yeats

13
Words of Vision
  • Education either functions as an instrument
    which is used to facilitate integration of the
    younger generation into the logic of the present
    system and bring about conformity or it becomes
    the practice of freedom, the means by which men
    and women deal critically and creatively with
    reality and discover how to participate in the
    transformation of their world.
  • Paulo Freire

14
Words of Vision
  • Education either functions as an instrument
    which is used to facilitate integration of the
    younger generation into the logic of the present
    system and bring about conformity or it becomes
    the practice of freedom, the means by which men
    and women deal critically and creatively with
    reality and discover how to participate in the
    transformation of their world.
  • Paulo Freire

15
Words of Vision
  • Education becomes the practice of freedom, the
    means by which men and women deal critically and
    creatively with reality and discover how to
    participate in the transformation of their world.
  • Paulo Freire

16
Reframing a Professional Learning Community
  • 5 Simple Steps for Transforming Our World
  • Newport-Mesa Adult School
  • 2007-2008 Professional Growth Plan

17
Goals of a Learning Community
  • Ensuring all students learn
  • Creating a culture of collaboration
  • Focusing on results
  • Taken from www.allthingsplc.com

18
Attributes of a PLC
  • Supportive and Shared Leadership (Prestine, 1993)
  • Collective Creativity (Sergiovanni, 1994)
  • Shared Values and Vision (Isaacson Bambur, 1992)
  • Supportive Conditions (Boyd, 1992 Louis Kruse,
    1995)
  • Shared Personal Practice (Louse Kruse, 1995)

19
Outcomes for Staff
  • reduction of isolation of teachers
  • increased commitment and vigor
  • Shared responsibility
  • Creation of new knowledge about teaching and
    learning
  • Hord, 1997

20
Outcomes for Staff
  • Increased understanding of roles played in
    helping all students learn
  • Greater satisfaction, higher morale, lower
    absenteeism
  • More likely to undergo fundamental change
  • Hord, 1997

21
Outcomes for Students
  • decreased dropout rate and "skipping"
  • lower absenteeism
  • increased learning
  • greater academic gains
  • smaller achievement gaps
  • Hord, 1997

22
Step 1 Collaboration
  • Create team norms
  • Sample team norms
  • Begin and end the meeting on time
  • Assume positive intentions
  • Engage in active listening
  • Be courageous

23
Step 1 Collaboration
  • Establish protocols for team work
  • Formalized agendas
  • Focus on results
  • Focus on learning
  • Detailed minutes
  • Collective commitment to action

24
Step 2 Common Curriculum
  • Define essential knowledge and skills
  • state and district standards
  • assessments required of students
  • Identify prerequisite knowledge and skills
  • Agree on pacing guides
  • Agree on and apply criteria for judging work
  • Teach students criteria for judging their work

25
Step 3 Common Assessments
  • Develop common assessments
  • Analyze common assessment data
  • Collectively build upon strengths address
    weaknesses to ensure all students learn

26
Step 4 Instructional Practices
  • Reflect upon and refine instructional practices
    to meet student learning needs
  • Establish best practices
  • Collectively commit to using best practices
  • Commit to establishing using
  • Collaboration
  • Common curriculum
  • Common assessments

27
Step 5 We step forward
  • sharing to impart, impact, improve and
    empower. Martha Rankin
  • lighting a fire William
    Butler Yeats
  • participating in the transformation of our
    world.
    Paulo Freire
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