McSpedden Elementary School is one of about 200 schools and districts in U.S. and Canada recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. McSpedden’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is ongoing, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:
1. Focus on learning.
2. Build a collaborative culture.
3. Create a results orientation.
McSpedden Elementary Principal Kranti Singh said the honor is a testament to the hard work and dedication of staff.
“Our school has built a shared understanding and commitment to the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process by establishing a culture where our shared vision and values for student learning drive our decision making,” Singh said. “We plan to continue on the PLC journey, to do what’s best for students. Staff truly go above and beyond to meet the needs of the students and create a collaborative culture.”
Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including a demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.
According to Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker and Mike Mattos, champions of PLC at Work™, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”
Recognized model PLC schools are listed on allthingsplc.info, where they share implementation strategies, structures and performance with other educators interested in improving their schools. Tools for team collaboration, articles and research about PLCs, blog posts and other related resources are also available on the site. The site was developed and is maintained by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance. For more than 20 years, Solution Tree resources have helped K–12 teachers and administrators create schools where all children succeed.
Click here to view McSpedden Elementary’s PLC profile on the website.
You can learn more about PLCs and how they are helping students across FISD in the February 2018 edition of Frisco ISD’s new magazine, FOCUS. Just click here and flip to page 20.