School Improvement Initiatives
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:
- What should students know and be able to do?
- How will the school determine that students have learned the essential knowledge and skills?
- How will the school respond when students do not learn?
- How will the school respond when they already know it?
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)