Oswego School Board Gets Update on PLC Progress
Ongoing training will be offered next school year for staff.
The Community Unit School District 308 Board of Education was updated by the teaching and learning team regarding progress on the implementation of district-wide Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) on Monday, March 10.
The 2014-15 school year will be a learning year for PLC’s, meaning teachers will receive guidance on strategies for collaboration and on how to analyze data that will eventually drive instruction. Teachers will focus on how to reach all students in the classroom, which will dovetail nicely with Common Core initiatives, explained Superintendent of Schools Matthew Wendt.
“Teachers need time to collaborate. Teachers need time to analyze data. The PLC framework supports both of these initiatives. I look forward to continued progress,” stated Dr. Wendt.
A number of teachers, as well as district administrators, received PLC training before 2009. A team consisting of 19 district administrators, OEA and OESPA leadership attended a three-day training seminar last August.
In December, Dr. Rick DuFour and Becky DuFour, considered by many to be the founders of PLC’s, gave a presentation to the board and district leadership regarding the benefits of this type of initiative. Leadership academies are also being offered to building teams through April.
“It is a long overdue opportunity for teachers to systematically collaborate on ways to advance student achievement,” said Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr. Judith Minor.
“Ongoing training will be offered through the 2014-15 school year as the district prepares to widen the initiative,” said Director of Professional Development and Training, Dr. Kellie Sanders, who led Monday’s presentation to the Board of Education. At the training, teachers will learn how to analyze data to improve their instruction.
“The primary anticipated benefit is to improve academic achievement,” Sanders said.