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Transforming Administrative Meetings Into A Professional Learning Community

At the beginning of the 2008-09 school year, LKSD changed the focus of their "Site Administrator Meetings" to become PLC-based "Site Administrator In-services".

In practice that was a change from periodically bringing all 27 Site Administrators together to disseminate information --- to meeting together to learn as a group that includes the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and Directors. The Site Administrators divided into three groups of "pilot sites", each focusing more heavily on one to the three main initiatives. Each of these groups has formed PLCs that are involved in a variety of learning activities surrounding their focus area.

Superintendent Gary Baldwin stated "Site Administrators report that the In-services are energizing and productive. Solutions to problems, and sharing best practices as a team have produced better results, and take advantage of collective skills and knowledge. Members of the team are valued as professionals who contribute to the district wide effort to improve. The products of the "pilot site" PLCs are showing strong promise for improvement. Many Site Administrators are now using a PLC-based approach for professional development with their school staff".

Listen to an interview with Gary and Assistant Superintendent Dan Walker, where they discuss the process, challenges and advantages of empowering their staff through their Site Administrator In-services.

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  • Gary's Festival of Ideas submission

Introduction - Background - Improvement Priorities

Implementation - Keeping Momentum

Evidence of Impact - Key Supports

Lessons Learned

Kathy Blanc,
Sep 13, 2011, 6:26 PM