In the fourth episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders “Supporting or Hijacking Professional Learning Communities.”
Listen as Steve explores how PLCs can positively impact student success through quality school-based leadership.
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August 7th, 2017 at 6:34 am
Your distinction between franchise and team is a great insight. This will move the participants from group to team. Many PLCs are groups of franchise owners coming together because they are told to do so rather than a collaborative team learning (not working) together. Just as the performance appraisal process for teachers should focus on learning outcomes for students rather than exclusively on the teacher’s performance, likewise PLCs must not remain at the level of PWCs. Thanks for sharing your insights with us!
August 13th, 2017 at 10:06 pm
I love the description of the 3 Big Ideas. I also liked the idea of posting a sign when the agenda shifts to PWC versus PLC work. The idea of a 2 column agenda labeled PWC and PLC is a great idea!
November 20th, 2018 at 1:03 pm
The differentiation between PWC and PLC is excellent here and necessary. My ponder is when looking at data, how do teachers know how what is needed to improve learning without pondering the role of teaching? Equally important is for a principal to understand that the process is messy and letting gl to let the teachers figure this out.