E-12 Professional Development

Customized opportunities to learn about Professional Learning Communities and the necessary structures and support systems are available from Metro ECSU.

Professional Learning Communities

Since 1984, the Metropolitan Principals'Academy (MPA) has provided cutting edge programs to help administrators stay current with the rapidly evolving issues and resources in education today.

Customized opportunities to learn about Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and the necessary structures and support systems are available from Metro ECSU.
We facilitate your PLC as you answer four questions:

  • What do we want our PLC teams to know and be able to do?
  • How will we know they are effective PLC’s?
  • What will we do if they aren’t?
  • What will we do if they are?

PLC Leadership Training

Customized training that supports leaders as they develop common understandings about Professional Learning Communities and the process and structures that guide the use of smart goals and data to inform instruction and increase student achievement.

PLC Team Training

Customized training that supports PLC teams as they develop common understandings about Professional Learning Communities and the process and structures that guide the use of smart goals and data to inform instruction and increase student achievement.

Coaching

On-site coaching provides team support as your PLC's engage in ongoing development. Contact us to arrange coaching for teams, facilitators and administrators.

Topics and Focus Areas to Customize Your PLC Professional Development

Defining the PLC

What are the differences between a traditional team meeting and a PLC? What are the key traits of the learning community?

Facilitating the PLC

What are the roles of the team members? How do we create norms? Explore how teams create and use norms to create a safe structure and other methods for leading effective meetings.

Finding a Focus

How do we choose a focus when there are so many things we need to learn about and do?  Use data to narrow down key content areas for the team focus on.

Using an Agenda to Structure the Meeting

How do we use our time to engage in learning about our teaching and student learning? Learn a process to use the agenda as a tool to move through the four DuFour PLC questions: What do we want our students to learn? How will we know if they have learned it? What will we do if they don’t? What will we do if they do?

Protocols for Looking at Student Data

How can we effectively share and discuss student work to learn about strategies and develop interventions for our students?  Explore a variety of protocols to engage in data discussions and use teamwork to increase student achievement.

Writing SMART Goals

Where do SMART Goals come from and how do teams write attainable goals that impact student achievement? Learn the difference between stretch goals and attainable goals and develop short term team goals that lead to big gains!    

Contact Information

Julie Frame, Executive Director, 612/638-1508, julie.frame@metroecsu.org


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