Our PLC in Action
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES
At Pakenham Springs our major emphasise is to ensure our focus at all times is on improving student learning. To ensure this focus, Pakenham Springs is seen as a Professional Learning Community.
Our Mission Statement at Pakenham Springs is:
It is the mission of Pakenham Springs to ensure all students learn the essential skills and knowledge necessary to become active members of the community.
Our Vision Statement at Pakenham Springs is:
The Pakenham Springs community is united in its quest to achieve high quality success in learning for all students. A collaborative and positive approach motivates the community to pursue greater success for student learning. Pakenham Springs is recognised for setting the standard in educational excellence.
Over the last three years we have:
- embraced the premise that the fundamental purpose of the school is to ensure that all students learn at high levels and we have enlisted the staff in examining existing practices, programs, and procedures to ensure it aligns with that purpose;
- organized staff into meaningful collaborative teams that take collective responsibility for student learning and work interdependently to achieve shared goals for which members hold themselves mutually accountable;
- established a guaranteed and viable curriculum for each curriculum area that clarifies the essential learning for all students; we have teams agree on pacing guidelines, and develop and administer common formative assessments to monitor each student’s learning at the end of each lesson sequence;
- used the evidence of student learning to identify:
- students who need additional time and support to become proficient
- students who need enrichment and extension of their learning because they’re already highly proficient
- teachers who help students achieve at high levels so team members can examine those teachers’ practices
- teachers who struggle to help students become proficient so team members can assist in supporting the development of their professional practice
- •skills or concepts that none of the teachers were able to help students achieve at the intended level so the team can expand its learning beyond its members to become more effective in teaching those skills or concepts.
- created a coordinated intervention plan that ensures that students who struggle receive additional time and support for learning in a way that is timely, directive, diagnostic, precise, and most important, systematic.
As part of our work towards becoming a Professional Learning Community we submitted a progress report and our learning data to Solution Tree in America to apply for Accreditation. Following the application of this report, the school received the following notification:
We just finished reviewing your application for becoming a model PLC under “Evidence of Effectiveness.” Thanks so much for taking time to complete and share such a wonderful example of the PLC at Work process – can’t wait to see your information go live….it shouldn’t be long:) Pakenham Springs will be the first Australian school on the site – congratulations to you and your entire school community!
Wishing you continued success on the journey.
All the Best,
Becky & Rick DuFour
Becky and Rick DuFour are the main drivers of Professional Learning Community work across America.
It is fantastic to see Pakenham Springs being recognised as the first school in Australia to be officially accredited as a Professional Learning Community.
On Friday the 10th of October, teachers from the Ballarat Diocese came to Pakenham Springs for professional development on how Professional Learning Communities operate.