PLC 2.0: Collaborating for Observable Impact in Today's Schools
What is the OBSERVABLE IMPACT of your collaborative time?
In PLC 2.0 Collaborating for Observable Impact and the PLC 2.0 Toolkit, educators will find tools and collaborative team protocols that make the precious collaborative time that we get to spend with our colleagues and community members as meaningful and impactful as possible that have been created to be interactive, step-by-step ‘mini-workshops’ to make the products of collaboration time visible, and to make the process of collaboration varied and (gasp!) enjoyable! Being a teacher is hard work, and collaboration is not something we should dread—collaborative teams should look forward to working together on things that matter to their classrooms. Furthermore, many of the activities in the protocols are ones that teachers can easily adapt to use in their classrooms to make the products of student learning visible. Why shouldn’t we walk away from a collaborative meetings with things that we can actually use?
In PLC 2.0, the measure of success for teacher collaboration is NOT to be a professional learning community–it’s OBSERVABLE IMPACT. The time we spend working together to improve practice needs to lead to visible changes in what students and teachers are doing and demonstrating and the types of activities and assessments that take place in the classroom. Period.
PLC 2.0 is a process that is designed to help educators create a vision of the learning that they want in their classrooms for their students and to then use tools and protocols to make that vision observable for all learners. PLC 2.0 helps teachers, school administrators and district leaders answer six guiding questions in THEIR context.
The PLC 2.0 Observable Impact Model helps districts, schools and collaborative teams in working through the following questions:
- What’s Our Co-Created Vision?
- What’s Our Evidence-Based Reality?
- What’s Our Learning?
- What’s Our Action?
- What’s Our Observable Impact?
Using dozens of teacher-tested tools and easy-to-follow collaborative meeting protocols and lesson plans to empower collaborative leaders and teams, the PLC 2.0 model is designed to meet schools where they are at--and take them deeper!
- If you have a vision of a learner… GREAT! How can we make that vision so crystallized that everyone in your building not only knows what it means, but what it looks like when they see it. And if you have a school-wide vision, how can you create a model that allows you to get granular on what that vision looks like in specific disciplines so everyone in your school community can own it.
- If you have already looked at the reality of your school… TERRIFIC! What other evidence can we begin to collect so that we are painting a picture that points us in the direction that we need to go–even to those who might be most reluctant to get started on the improvement journey.
- If you have already mapped out a learning plan… FANTASTIC! How can we create the immersive learning experiences for our educators that model the types of learning and assessments that we want in each of our classes?
- If you have already tried new and exciting practices in your classrooms… AWESOME! How can we observe some of those promising practices in such a way that we can determine the markers of success in student achievement data and teacher practice that allows us to determine whether the professional learning that we do is actually having an IMPACT.
- If you already spend time reflecting on results… AMAZING! How can we reflect on the results of student learning AND on teacher learning so that we can begin the process of changing practice in the classroom and improving student achievement at scale not in one classroom, but in ALL classrooms.
- If you already have a support mechanism for students… WE ARE SO GLAD. Students will always learn in different ways and at different rates. And so will our educators and leaders in our schools. So how do we support all of the learners in PLC 2.0 in a way that ensures that we are getting better at what has an impact, so we aren’t spending time on things that don’t.
September 5, 2019
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