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    PLC is not just another meeting
    By kiasun711

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    My school district has been doing PLC for about 5 years now and it is great. The key is you get out what you but into it. I was part of a team that was trained by Rick and Becky DuFour. We then led a book club type discussion of their book Getting Started with the whole staff. One key aspect is that PLC time should not be during your normal planning time, at my school our principal didn't do that and that does cause some problems for a few teachers. PLC meetings should not be just grade level teams, but should include specialists from throughout the school. Common assessments are key, every assessment we do is a common assessment with my team. We then analyze the results of the data from each common assessment for areas we need to work on and students we need to keep an eye on. A PLC meeting should have an agenda, time keeper, and stay on task. It should not be used to plan lessons, but to talk about the students. At first it is more work, but once every one in the PLC "buys into it" it ends up being less work. If you have any other questions feel free to e-mail me.

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