Model PLC School

Model PLC School
Model PLC School

One of About 200 Schools and Districts in the US and Canada to Receive This Honor in 2017

Kirksey Middle School has been recognized by Solution Tree on a national stage for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The school’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.

The PLC model represents a set of core principles and the school’s implementation of each of them. PLCs are schools in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three tenets include: ensuring all students learn; promoting a culture of collaboration, working in teams as well as judging a school’s effectiveness on the basis of results derived from utilizing data and other relevant information.

While it may sound simplistic, shifting the focus from ensuring that students are taught to ensuring they learn is paradigm and has profound implications for a school.

Four critical questions that drive the work within a professional learning community are:

· What do we want each student to learn?

· How do we know each student has learned it?

· How do we respond when the student has not learned?

· How do we respond when the student has learned?

Responding to news of the recognition, Principal  Melvona Ahart said, “I am so proud of our entire team and their daily commitment to learning for all. The most important element in the improvement of any school is the commitment and persistence of the educators within it. Kirksey has a vibrant group of teachers that truly believe and practice all students can learn and if they don’t we will persist until they do!”

Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.

According to Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Mike Mattos, champions of PLC at Work™, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”