ShadowGlen will operate as a professional learning community (PLC). A PLC is an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry, and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. A PLC is composed of collaborative teams whose members work interdependently to achieve common goals for which members are mutually accountable. Members of a PLC are action oriented: they move quickly to turn aspirations into action and vision into reality. PLCs have a need to constantly search for a better way to achieve goals and accomplish the purpose of the organization. The PLC members realize that all of their efforts must be assessed on the basis of results rather than intentions.
PLCs function with a belief of shared responsibility for all students. We believe that all students can learn at a high level. There is a focus on the four questions:
- What do we want our students to learn?
- How do we know if they have learned it?
- What will we do if they do not learn it?
- What do we do if they already know it?
Each team will meet as needed. Additional time has been purposefully put into our schedules to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of all students. There is an expectation that all team members participate in the PLC. We will work together to learn and grow from one another and to assure academic, social and emotional success for all students. This is not an easy process, but it is a best practice for ensuring that Tier I instruction happens with a sound understanding of the academic roadmap and a clear idea of what the unit outcomes must be in order for students to continue and a sound foundation.