This past year the Professional Development Advisory Committee worked to create a PD plan that will offer teachers multiple opportunities to earn professional learning units. As you know, teachers seeking professional or advanced certificates will be required, once fully phased in, to complete the equivalent of 20 professional learning units annually. Professional learning communities – teachers helping teachers – are an allowable activity to fulfill this requirement.
To propel district initiatives and support all educators in earning PLUs, we have applied for grant funds to implement professional learning communities. Professional Learning Community facilitators will be able to earn PLUs and earn $32per hour. Participants will be able to earn PLUs but will not be paid to attend. The PLC initiative was developed based upon the previous programming which has produced excellent results. Working in PLC's has strengthened culture, created a vehicle for a common language, strategies, and accountability. The work aligns with the RI Quality PD Standards: Quality teaching is informed by individual, school and district goals to deepen educators content knowledge, provide them with researched-based instructional strategies to assist all students in meeting rigorous academic standards. This initiative will foster an intellectual environment by providing opportunities for dialogue and ultimately increasing student achievement.
I am reaching out to teacher leaders and administrators to encourage them to facilitate a PLC. The grant allows a PLC to be developed based on the following topics: content and standards, instructional strategies, social/emotional learning, integrating technology into instruction, literacy best practices, and assessment literacy. Each PLC may run for 5, 10 or 15 hours. Each hour will equate to one PLU.
The facilitator will be responsible for creating agendas, keeping logs of teacher attendance and facilitating the study of a topic that aligns to the grant. There are funds available to purchase texts that align (ie. book study.) All district teachers will be eligible to participate in all learning communities.
If you are interested in facilitating a PLC, please submit a proposal using this (short) google form.
Clare Arnold, Assistant Superintendent