District

  • Little Chute Area School District
  • 325 Meulemans Street, Suite A
  • Little Chute, WI 54140
  • Phone: (920) 788-7605
  • Fax: (920) 788-7603
  • District Administrator
    David Botz
Professional Learning Communities
The Evolving Direction of Public Education
 
Public Education has undergone an evolving transformation as a result of best practice research and legal mandates (federal laws - No Child Left Behind and State Laws) which can be categorized as...
 
A Paradigm Shift
From "Teaching" to "Student Learning"
From "What We Teach to "What Students Learn"
 
Educations Is No Longer Judged By
"If we have taught the concepts," but rather, "Have the Students Learned the Concept"
 
Extensive Research Overwhelmingly Tell Us...
  • All children can learn
  • Schools control the factors to assure student mastery of the curriculum

The Little Chute Area School District is already on the right track in this shift in philosophy and accountability from "teaching" to "student learning" with the adoption and evolution toward full implementation of concepts and practices of the Professional Learning Community (PLC) Model, which channels all educational practices around the followoing four questions:

  1. What is it we expect our students to learn?
  2. How will we know if they have learned it?
  3. How will we respond when they don't learn?
  4. How will we respond when they alrady know it?

Three Keys to a PLC School/District:

  • Focus on Student Learning - We accept high levels of learning for all students as our school district's fundamental purpose and are therefore willing to examine all our practices from the perspective of impact on student learning.
  • A Collaborative Culture - We can only achieve our purpose of high levels of learning for all students if we cultivate a collaborative culture through development of high performing teams which focus on student learning.
  • Focus on Results - We assess our effectiveness on the basis of results rather than intentions.
  • How will we respond when they don't learn it?
  • How will we respond when they already know it?

Vision of PLCs in the LCASD

  1. Educators work in collaborative teams and take collective responsibility for student learning rather than working in isolation
  2. Collaborative teams implement a gauranteed and viable curriculum, unit by unit
  3. Collaborative teams monitor student learning through an ongoing assessment process that includes frequent, team-developed common formative assessments
  4. Educator use the results of common formative assessments to improve individual practice, build the team's capacity to achieve its goal, and intervene/enrich on behalf of students
  5. The school provides a systematic process for intervention and enrichments

What is a PLC

An ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles 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 continous, job-embedded learning for educators

- DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, & Many, 2010

  • Little Chute Area School District
  • 325 Meuleman St, Ste A, Little Chute, WI 54140
  • Phone: (920) 788-7605 | Fax: (920) 788-7603
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