Professional Learning Communities are very important in Newton Conover City Schools. According to Wenger, McDermott, & Synder, 2002, a PLC is “…a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or passion about a topic, who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis.” The teachers in Newton Conover work together in PLCs to analyze data, discuss current issues, and problem solve. Our teachers can’t wait to get meet on a weekly basis in their collaborative PLCs.
Our system continues to focus on four critical questions while in PLCs:
- 1.What should students know and be able to do as a result of this course, class, or grade level?
- 2.How will we know that the students are learning?
- 3.How do we respond when students do not learn?
- 4.How do we respond when students learn more?
This year the first PLC in the elementary schools involved teachers working collaboratively on a STEM project to build a bridge that could hold the weight of a book. The excitement in the room was contagious! Teachers were able to strengthen their science, technology, engineering and math skills while working in a team.