11-22-2011 Organization of the Board and Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #15


Title
National Model Schools of Professional Learning Communities at Work

Discussion

In recent years, professional learning communities (PLCs) have been identified as one of the most important structures to support the work of high performing schools and school districts.  PLCs have been defined in Learning by Doing (2006) as "Educators committed to working collaboratively in ongoing processes of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve.  PLCs operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous, job-embedded learning for educators."  High performing PLCs focus on student learning, teacher collaboration, and results.

The allthingsplc.info website is a non-commercial resource that serves school districts and educators along their journey to becoming professional learning communities.  This website recognizes schools and districts that have attained status as National Models of PLCs at Work.  Currently, there are 147 schools nationwide that are identified as national models.  Florida has 21 national model schools.  Twenty of Florida's 21 schools are in Brevard County.

National model schools must meet rigorous criteria contained in the "Evidence of Effectiveness".  National model schools must demonstrate a commitment to PLC concepts, implement those concepts for at least three years, present clear evidence of improved student learning, and explain the practices, structures and culture of the school.  National model schools must update their "Evidence of Effectiveness" annually to maintain their model status.  To encourage and support its schools to implement and embed PLC concepts into school cultures, the current Brevard Public Schools Strategic Plan includes an outcome indicator that ninety percent (90%) of schools will become National Model Schools of PLCs at Work by 2015.

The presentation will consist of a banner for the newly recognized national model school and a certificate signifying that this school is a nationally recognized Model School of PLCs at Work.



Recommendation

Recognize the following school as a National Model School of PLCs at Work:

Manatee Elementary School



Meeting Date(s)
Resolution / Presentation - 11/22/2011

Authority for Action
FS 1001.42

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Operating - Other

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
11-1252.50x10094850000257731391000

Contact

William Hall, Director of Educational Leadership and Professional Development, x240

Debra Pace, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, x200