Why PLC? • To allow for the opportunity to create an environment that promotes best practice based on the facts, the data, and most importantly the needs of our students. • To ensure that all students will be successful! • To allow Tahquitz to get to the next level.
Collaborative Model • Under our collaborative model, we will continue with our late start days roughly twice a month. • Department Leaders/War Room PLC will meet with the Admin Team prior to the first collaboration day of the month. The purpose of these meetings will be: • Disseminate any information to be passed on to the departments • Go over the collaboration plans for the month • Retrieve input on and discuss topics crucial to THS.
Collaboration • On our collaboration days, department leaders will do a quick informational meeting and then give the team members the time to collaborate by making common formative assessments. • These assessments will need to address all levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy to give us a true snapshot of what levels of understanding our students have obtained.
Collaboration Continued • Results/data from these formative assessments will give us a clear picture of whether our students have mastered the standards. • The data will also give us an opportunity to discuss what can be done when our students have not mastered the standard.
The Follow Up • So we have results, now what??? • With the data, we will have the opportunity to discuss the reasons why mastery was or was not achieved. • The following questions should be discussed: • What specific questions on the test did students struggle with and why? (Language, Blooms level of question, lack of knowledge, lack of understanding, or the standard was not taught well.) • How can we go back and re-teach the part of the standard not mastered? • What common lessons can we develop? • What lessons can we share or borrow from those teachers that had better success rates?
The Process • Develop formative assessments that are strictly aligned to the standards at multiple levels of Blooms. • Review the data • Discuss the results and what steps can be taken to allow all kids to master the standards. • Develop/refine lessons that allow for mastery of standards.
PLC, TPO, and WASC • Our PLC groups will give all teachers the opportunity to work towards meeting the TPO focus areas (#4- Planning Instruction and designing learning experiences for all students and #5 Assessing Student Learning) as well as open up our eyes to the critical needs of our students. • The entire process will also allow for us to have a valuable tool in self assessment during and beyond the WASC process.
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