Successful transition to competency based education requires that teachers and administrators effectively collaborate to implement a myriad of changes such as student driven classroom practices, performance assessments, and revised grading and reporting systems. Because of this need for effective, efficient collaboration, districts are refocusing on their Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s). One Consortium for 21st Century member, Timberlane school district, has established as a districtwide goal, high functioning, data driven PLC’s. Our DS team is working for three full days at every building in the district, K-12, to facilitate effective PLC practices.  The work with the fantastic teacher teams has begun.

After initial short presentations to the full staff of each Timberlane school in early September, our trainers have spent a full day at each school in October, then will revisit each school in November, and in March. The three days will be spent rotating through grade level and content area PLC teams, sharing effective protocols for data use, goal setting, consistent communication, roles, norms and follow through in action planning. Teams will implement new practices and use a self-assessment rubric 3x this year to monitor their growth as a high functioning PLC.

Additionally, teacher leaders and assistant principals in Timberlane are being trained to use PerformancePLUS (P+) to generate data in different ways, to allow for conversations about changes to core instruction, in addition to the intervention needs of individual students. Our team is working to help Timberlane leverage P+ by inputting local assessment data such as early literacy screeners, foreign language assessments, Fountas and Pinnell reading data, course mid-terms, and math benchmark data, so that PLC teams can look at timely data that gives them actionable information to inform their grade level SMART goals and pressing student needs.

Keep a lookout for continued updates as the work progresses.