Professional Learning Communities

 

 

The Public School Partnership Professional Learning Communities are a vehicle for collaborative efforts among the Reich College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and practitioners in the public schools. These groups are composed of faculty members in areas of English, math, science, and social studies who meet periodically to discuss issues related to content, curriculum alignment, standards, and testing.

  • Springboard for collaborative work
  • Nurtured Network
  • Sharing of resources and talents
  • Mutually beneficial partnership between ASU and the schools systems

Value of Professional Learning Communities from University Perspective

  1. Provides insights and knowledge about the types of students they will be teaching in the future.
  2. Allows faculty in the largely theoretical world to see how their disciplinary concepts are translated into educational goals and implemented at the high school level.
  3. Provides faculty development/ service opportunities.
  4. Provides university faculty professional disciplinary outlets outside of their professional associations.

Value of Professional Learning Communities from the Public School Perspective

  1. Allows teachers to obtain updates on local, state and national content information.
  2. Provides opportunities to discuss curriculum issues and learn more about content areas.
  3. Provides professional development opportunities.
  4. Gives other teachers and supervisors in their districts information
  5. Allows for input into the teacher education curriculum at the university
  6. Provides faculty development/ service opportunities.
  7. Supports disciplinary professional identity for high school teachers.
  8. Provides an additional disciplinary resource for high school teachers who are looking for speakers, articles, exercises.

Value of Professional Learning Communities from both Perspectives

  1. Brings teachers and university faculty together in a setting where both parties meet as equals.
  2. Crosses the imaginary boundary between high school teachers and university faculty.
  3. Allows for collaboration between high school and college faculty.
  4. Provides sharing of resources, opportunities and concerns.
  5. Provides opportunities for both university professors and public school teachers to understand what is needed for teacher preparation.

Professional Learning Communities Mini-Grants

Science PLC

Our objectives in what we see as a three-year project (begun in'08-'09, running through'10-'11) is for each of us to become familiar with the core goals and objectives of science instruction at each level. Realizing that science progresses and is taught in different sequences:

We will determine the basic skills and competencies necessary for success at each level. In examining curriculum at each level, it our objective to provide effective age-appropriate instruction at each level while at the same time, prepare students for success at each subsequent level regardless of the path they follow.

Social Studies PLC

The members of the Social Studies PLC will work together to propose a session called "Preparing and Disseminating Best Practices and Resources for Pre-Service and In-Service Social Studies Teachers" to present at the North Carolina Council on the Social Studies state conference in February 2010. Once approved, the members will work together to develop, format, and prepare the presentation in the upcoming Social Studies PLC meetings. The members will also develop a resource c.d. to give to all group members and their respective schools as well as all of the people that attend the session at the conference. This session will bring together all three levels of teachers and ultimately help the social studies who are taught by these teachers.


2010-2011 Mini-Grants

Writing the World - Visiting Future Classics

Focus group: English Professional Learning Community Grade(s)/subject(s) applicable to project: 9-10 Project : We wish to meet the needs of 21st Century students by exposing them to different levels of literacy, cultures, and experiences: to connect these experiences to their lives with new and varied writing themes. We will come together as a group, discuss the novels, develop innovative writing curricula, and incorporate technology through the use of digital lesson plan templates.

What They Don't Know Can Hurt Them: Preparing Pre-service Teachers for Real World Students

Focus group: Middle Grades English Language Arts Project: Last year, members of the Middle Grades English Language Professional Learning Community worked on a collaborative project to write profiles about young adolescents in our schools and classrooms. Each member of our group wrote profiles on two students. For each student, the PLC member wrote a profile about the student from the teacher's perspective and one from the hypothetical perspective of the students. After writing the profiles, our group co-authored a manuscript for publication. The article has been accepted and will be published this fall in the North Carolina Middle School Journal. Presentation at NC Middle School Association.

"Preparing and Disseminating Best Practices and Resources for Pre-Service and In-Service Social Studies Teachers"

Focus Group: Social Studies PLC Grade(s)/subject(s) applicable to project: Secondary Social Studies and History (Grades 9-12) Projects: The members of the Social Studies PLC will work together to propose a session called "Preparing and Disseminating Best Practices and Resources for Pre-Service and In-Service Social Studies Teachers" to present at the North Carolina Council on the Social Studies state conference in February 2010. Once approved, the members will work together to develop, format, and prepare the presentation in the upcoming Social Studies PLC meetings. The members will also develop a resource c.d. to give to all group members and their respective schools as well as all of the people that attend the session at the conference. This session will bring together all three levels of teachers and ultimately help the social studies who are taught by these teachers.