• Why is it important to close the achievement gap?

    Posted by Earlene Crump on 8/18/2016 4:00:00 PM
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  • We cannot solve the problems of today with the same thinking that gave us the problems in the first place. The United States was the first nation to embrace the idea of free universal education for all its children. Why is this important?

    Posted by Earlene Crump on 8/18/2016 3:55:00 PM
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  • What impact has No Child Left Behind added to our thoughts associated with educating children?

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  • What is the importance of assessments and do you think that they are a critical component associated with student success?

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  • Please share your thoughts concerning the role of the Central Office (Pg. 28).

    Posted by Earlene Crump on 8/8/2016 7:50:00 AM
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  • Please describe the "Power of Stories"

    Posted by Earlene Crump on 8/3/2016 11:30:00 AM

    Richard Axelrod (2002) once wrote, "Universities come to know about things through studies, organizations come to know about things through reports, and people come to know about things through sto­ries" Kouzes and Posner (1999) describe storytelling as "the most basic form of communication—more prevalent and powerful than facts and figures' They claim, "The strongest structure for any argu­ment is a story" (p. 101). Together - let's discuss the power of stories!

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  • What is a Professional Learning Community and what are the Big Ideas?

    Posted by Earlene Crump on 8/3/2016 9:30:00 AM

    Big Idea #1: Ensuring That Students are Succesful

    The professional learning community model flows from the assumption that the core mission of formal education is not simply to ensure that students are taught but to ensure that they learn and are successful citizens. As a school system, all stakeholders become aware of their commitment to ensure success for each student.

     

    Big Idea #2: A Culture of Collaboration

    Educators who are building a professional learning community recognize that they must work together to achieve their collective purpose of learning and success for all.  This powerful collaboration characterizes professional learning communities is a systematic process in which stakeholders work together to analyze and improve practices.

    Collaborating for School Improvement

    As discipline and safety experts we must turn our attention to developing common norms that will assist in the monitoring of each student's overall success. After each member has examined the results of school-wide discipline data, the team analyzes how all schools behaved - with a specific focus on PBIS schools. The entire team gains new insights into what is working and what is not, and members discuss new strategies that they can implement to raise student success.

    Removing Barriers to Success

    For meaningful collaboration to occur, a number of things must also stop happening. We must engage in real conversations designed with a "true" end result - student success.

     

    Big Idea #3: A Focus on Results

    Professional learning communities judge their effectiveness on the basis of results. Working together to improve student success becomes the routine work of everyone. Each quarter, we will analzye and reflect.

    Hard Work and Commitment

    Even the grandest design eventually translates into hard work. The professional learning community model is a grand design—a powerful way of working together that profoundly affects the practices of schooling. When educators and community members do the hard work necessary to implement these principles, their collective ability to help all students will rise.

    Creating a Professional Learning Community at Work: Foundational Concepts and Practices
    Creating a Professional Learning Community at Work: Foundational Concepts and Practices



    A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.



    Professional Learning Community Definition - The Glossary ...

    edglossary.org/professional-learning-community/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLGHY9-sibA

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