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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

What Is a "Professional Learning Community"?

A professional learning community is a group of staff who meet regularly to focus on learning rather than teaching, work collaboratively, and hold themselves accountable for student learning results.  (Richard Dufour)

Building a true professional learning community is the most promising strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement.  (Solution Tree, based on research)

Mt. Adams School District strives to:

    1. Create a collaborative culture.
    2. Sustain successes districtwide.
    3. Align our resources and time to focus on results.
    4. Increase student achievement

By designing PLCs that focus on these four essential questions:

    1. What do we expect our students to learn? – Essential Standards
    2. How will we know they are learning? – Commonly Developed Assessments
    3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? – Interventions
    4. How will we respond if they already know it? – Enrichments

The Mt. Adams School District School Board signed a Resolution on November 21, 2016 resolving to make a three-year commitment to the district for the development of PLCs. 

Buildings are developing intentional implementation strategies to fully engage PLCs to support the District’s Mission of “Continuous Student Learning” and Monday professional learning time is set aside for teachers to engage in focused conversations to support student engagement, learning and increased academic achievement.

Our first step was for PLC teams to determine Essential Washington State Learning Standards for grade levels/content areas.  The district and teachers ensure these standards will be taught and your students will have every opportunity to learn them. 

In the left column, you will find the Essential Learning Standards by school and subject.  These are a work in progress and will be revised throughout the year(s).

 State Learning Standards and Testing