As we begin the 2010-2011 school year, I want to take an opportunity to welcome you back. I am very excited to begin our work studying professional learning communities (PLCs, for short), and I hope you will enjoy and benefit from it as well.
You'll notice in the letter from your building principal that our primary activity for our professional development is a study of Whatever It Takes by Richard DuFour. The PD calendar is designed to maximize our time during inservice days to develop a strong understanding of the PLC to allow for professional growth, meaningful collaboration with colleagues, and (most importantly) to ensure student achievement stays at the center of all we do.
This blog will serve as a forum to share and collect ideas from one another as we develop and apply our understanding of the PLC. Throughout the year you and your colleagues can use this as a means of quantifying your learning, posing important questions, and sharing your insights with the entire MStM learning community. From time to time, there will be discussion questions posted on this blog for you and your PLC to consider while working together. We have a dedicated and knowledgable staff with a wealth of experience and insight, and I look forward to putting it all to use.