The Middle College Professional Learning Community
Why do we have regular PLC meetings and record/post our minutes?
| What is a Professional Learning Community (PLC) ? |
"Educators committed to working collaboratively in ongoing processes of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. Professional learning communities operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators." Learning by Doing (2006)
To be a fully functioning, vitally growing PLC requires the ongoing work, dedication, and commitment of the Middle College staff. We are dedicated to creating, implementing, and constantly adapting the best possible program for our students. Part of that dedication is carving out time to reflect on our teaching, strive to improve, and be accountable about the process.
What's the point?
While one of the biggest obstacles to any faculty becoming a PLC are paradigms, or being willing to change from the way things have always been done in the past, Middle College faculty are adept at thinking outside the box ... whether it means adapting a lesson for the learner, re-examining why we are teaching the lesson in the first place, or how we measure what our students are really learning.
By opening an ongoing dialogue with our colleagues about what we are doing, how we are doing it, and whether or not our efforts are successful, the Middle College faculty continually revitalizes our curriculum, teaching strategies, and assessments.