PLCs: Worth the Results?
PLCs (Professional Learning Communities) have been used for collaboration in the educational community for the past year in Box Elder County schools. Are they worth the time and money that has been invested? Are there positive results for students?
Representatives from three secondary schools presented their intervention plans derived from teacher PLCs that have resulted in student benefits.
Chris Chournos, principal of Adele C. Young Intermediate School in Brigham City, explained how teachers, through collaboration and preparation, are able to present a choice of classes to students as they learn and master classroom concepts. Those who need extra help are assigned small group intervention classes while others can choose a more enjoyable class.
Keith Klein, principal of Alice C. Harris Intermediate School in Tremonton, invited two associates, Susan Chadaz and Jamie Kent, to explain the pyramid plan of intervention tiers resulting in interventions for those students who would benefit.
Once a week all students participate in WIN time – a choice between small group interventions and a reward activity for conquering classroom concepts.
Jason Sparks and Megan Bushnell from Box Elder Middle School explained a similar program using tickets for admittance to activities.
The administrators all expressed satisfaction at the results of their individual interventions programs and agreed it was a “work in progress” as more ideas were being considered and put in place. They said they looked forward to increasing interventions through PLC meetings for next year.
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