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3. ESL PLC Project

The PLC is progressing every semester since its inception in 2013.  The following is a good overview of what we do.  PLC stands for Professional Learning Community and the ultimate objective is to improve student outcomes by analyzing student performance and adjusting strategies to improve instruction.  This is classroom research where teachers work together to analyze and make positive changes to help our students be more successful.
 
 

 

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Activity Schedule (Scroll down for Activity Descriptions)

Orientation meeting (REQUIRED)
Formal meeting with Rob Jenkins (October 18, 2013)
OR
Meet with Rob less formally
 
Before Next Meeting:
·        Research listening strategies – share on blog
·        Prepare listening presentations
·        Attend SLO Assessment Training
·        Assess students using ESL Department plan
 
Meeting 2: SELECT (November 22, 2013) - 2 hours
Select instructional strategies and resources to meet expectations.
·        Teachers meet to establish select strategies to try.
·        Review PLC definitions
·        Discuss first Department SLO assessment
·        Presenters demonstrate strategies
·        Teams choose and commit to 1 or 2 strategies to be used at more than 50% of class meetings
After the Meeting
·        Research listening strategies – share on blog
·        Prepare listening presentations
·        Implement strategies
·        Assess students a 2nd  time using department plan
 
Meeting 3: REVIEW (December 13, 2013) - 2 hours
Analyze and discuss results of second assessment
·        Share assessments used
·        Analyze and compare results of assessment
·        Presenters demonstrate strategies
·        Share more strategies
After the Meeting
·        Research listening strategies – share on blog
·        Prepare listening presentations
·        Prepare listening presentations
·        Enjoy the break
Meeting 4: SELECT (February) – 3 hours
Establish a Power Standard
·        Review PLC definitions and unwrapping standards
·        Communicate with adjacent levels
·        Design a listening continuum
·        Select a Power Standard (much like SLO)
·        Presenters demonstrate strategies
·        Teams choose and commit to 1 or 2 strategies to be used at more than 50% of class meetings
After the Meeting
·        Research listening strategies – share on blog
·        Prepare listening presentations
·        Implement strategies
 
Meeting 5: PLAN & IMPLEMENT (March) - 3 hours
Create common formative assessments
·        Review continuum
·        Discuss strategies attempted in the classroom
·        Create assessments (baseline)
·        Presenters demonstrate strategies (if time)
After the Meeting
·        Research listening strategies – share on blog
·        Prepare listening presentations
·        Implement strategies
·        Perform baseline assessment
Meeting 6: ANALYZE & ADJUST (April) - 3 hours
Analyze student work.
·        Analyze and report on progress
·        Share lessons learned by level
·        Decide on next steps including adjust strategies
·         Create or modify 2nd assessment
·        Presentations (if time)
After the Meeting
·        Research listening strategies – share on blog
·        Prepare listening presentations
·        Implement strategies
·        Perform 2nd Assessment (in May)
Meeting 7. FINAL REPORT – (May) - 3 hours
Analyze student work and create a final report by level.

 

 Activity Descriptions

Activity
Definition
How to compute the time
Meetings
Meetings will be two hours long in fall.  There is a possibility of adding meetings to the schedule at different times to accommodate others who can’t meet on Friday afternoons. In meetings, researchers will do presentations, other teachers will share strategies, teams will discuss experiences, and data will be analyzed. Members will also create common assessments in the spring.
Meetings are 1 to 1.  Meetings in the fall are 2 hours and meetings in the spring are 3 hours.  See schedule for dates.
Secretaries/
Historians
Secretaries/Historians will summarize activities at each meeting and take pictures to document the event.  They will also post both the summary and photos on the blog.  The summary should include any listening strategies or activities introduced and at least two photos of the meeting activities.
Meeting time is calculated in the meeting itself.  The additional secretary time will be 1 hour for every combination of summary and photos posted on the blog.
Researchers
Researchers study sites on the internet and/or read books and articles related to listening strategies and instruction in general. They may also interview other teachers.  They MUST also share their findings with the group through the blog or PLC social media, or at meetings.  The presentations at meetings should be 5-10 minutes long.
1 hour for each hour of research up to 4 hours before a presentation.  Sharing on the blog is recorded as a blogger.  Presentations in meetings are recorded as meeting time.
Blog/Social Media Promoter
The promoter will develop creative ways to encourage teachers to get online and share ideas from within and without the PLC.  Promotional flyers and distribution of same is one way to stimulate participation.
Each flyer is worth 1 hour and should be distributed to all ESL faculty and all administrators.  Other projects will be submitted for approval and time will be assigned at that time. 
Social Media Developer
Social media pages like Facebook could be encouraged with each participant and all ESL faculty. 
The development and maintenance of a Facebook or other social media site is worth 4 hours and can be extended subject to review.
Blogger
Blogging is encouraged for all participants.  Each blog for these purposes should be on listening and MUST be a minimum of 6 sentences long.
Blogs are worth 15 minutes each.
Observer
Observations of other participants are encouraged and should be focused on observing listening strategies.  Pre and post observation meetings are encouraged but not required.  Blogging about the experience is required.
Observations are 1 to 1.  For every minute of observations, observers receive 1 minute.  Observations should not be more than 1 hour. Pre and post meetings are worth 30 minutes each.  Blogs are worth 15 minutes each.