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About School Improvement Initiatives

WHEN DID PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES BEGIN IN MISSOURI?

This Missouri Professional Learning Communities Project, a state-sponsored initiative for school-improvement, began during the 2003-2004 school year.  This PLC Project evolved from the Missouri Accelerated Schools Project which had served as a school reform initiative for many years.  During the 2007-2008 school year, the professional learning communities state-wide staff nearly doubled in number and is currently serving schools in all parts of the state. 

WHAT IS A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY?

Professional learning communities see student learning, not teaching, as their mission. The policies, instruction, curriculum, programs, professional development, and other functions of the school all support student learning.  In maintaining this constant focus on learning, four questions become paramount:

   knowledge and skills?

The state PLC school-improvement model focuses on increasing student achievement by building the capacity of school personnel to create and sustain the conditions that promote high levels of student and adult learning.

WHAT TRAINING IS AVAILABLE FOR SCHOOLS IN THE MISSOURI PLC PROJECT?

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers comprehensive ongoing training, technical assistance, and support through the Professional Learning Communities Project. (See PLC Essential Curriculum Graphic)    

 

Mary Ann Burns

School Improvement Initiatives

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

P O Box 480

Jefferson City, MO  65102

573-751-2332

Michele Stichler , Administrative Assistant

School Improvement

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

P O Box 480

Jefferson City, MO  65102

(573) 751-9094