I. THE FUNDAMENTAL PURPOSE OF MNES IS TO ENSURE HIGH LEVELS OF LEARNING FOR EACH STUDENT
A. What do we want our students to learn?
-State Standards, WIDA Can Do supports, IEP goals
B. How will we know if they have learned and are we monitoring the results?
-Collaboratively created Formative and Summative Assessments
Interactive Achievement Unit tests, DRA2, Math UPSC, AMC, PALS, Quarterly Writing Prompts, SOL Assessments
C. What will we do if they don’t learn and what systems are in place to provide support?
TIER 1…Ongoing Differentiated Instruction, PRESS IN guided reading support, ESOL support, Core Ext.,
TIER 2…Title 1 Reading/Math, Core Ext. Support, PALS, After/Before School Tutoring, Guidance Support
TIER 3…SPED support, Youth For Tomorrow Guidance Support, Reading Recovery, Title 1 Math/Reading
D. What will we do if they already know it?
-Differentiated Reading/Math Support for AGL students, START/SIGNET, After School Enrichment
Ii. MNES COLLABORATIVE PLANNING PROCESS IS
BASED AROUND THE 6 ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF A PLC
SHARED MISSION, VISION, VALUES, GOALS
Each team understands the mission/vision on Minnieville and use S.M.A.R.T. goals to measure progress
COLLABORATIVE TEAMS FOCUSED ON LEARNING
Teams are given time and support to work together interdependently to achieve common goals
Teams constantly seek out new ideas to enhance the tried and true strategies and build upon shared
knowledge in order to enhance each student’s learning experience
ACTION ORIENTATION AND EXPERIMENTATION
Teams learn by doing. Refining techniques on differentiation of process, product and content to meet
the needs of each learner
COMMITMENT TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
All teams work towards better ways of meeting their goals by examining student data, improving
strategies to build upon, implement and reflect on effective instruction,
Efforts are assessed upon results and use the results to validate and improve upon their practice
iii. BUILDING A COLLABORATIVE CULTURE
1.No MNES teacher works in isolation.
2.Grade level teams create shared NORMS and GOALS and work within the PLC framework with the sole purpose of increasing student learning.
3.Each team member is accountable to the group for the review of standards, sharing of ideas and strategies and ownership of data.
4.ESOL, Math and Reading Staff co plans with each grade level at least 2 times per week for approx. 45 minutes. Admin meets with each team formally at least 2 times per month. ENCORE utilizes shared drives for content integration opportunities
5.Teams are given “Admin free” Planning Days throughout the year to plan for upcoming quarters and refine instruction and reflect upon data
6.All teachers and support staff are held responsible for the success of all students. All teachers and support staff work to support the success of all students. The growth and success of each student is celebrated by the entire faculty.
PLC SHIFT IN THE WORK OF TEACHERS
(Learning By Doing, 2006, 2010 Solution Tree Press) http://www.solution-tree.com/free-resources/plcatwork