• Professional Learning Teams
    Developing and maintaining an effective team is an ongoing process.  Professional learning teams allow educators to work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. Professional learning teams operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators (Solution Tree, 2016). 
    Step 1: During the first team meeting, grade levels or other configurations of professional learning teams need to develop team norms.
    These norms are beliefs that each team member agrees to be accountable to so the team may function efficiently. The following document provides each team with background information and a template for creating the team norms. These norms will be transferred and reviewed onto each team's meeting notes and should be reviewed periodically to ensure their functionality to the group.  
    Step 2:  How do professional learning teams differ from grade level teams?  Review the following document.  This document will help you and your team identify these differences and will create an area of focus and celebration as you continue developing your professional team.
    Step 3 (Ongoing): Developing Focus Areas and SMART Goals After a Summative Data Review (SBAC, Trimester)
    While there is no one way to create an agenda for a team meeting, the most successful agendas include: 
    1. topics to be discussed
    2. decisions to be made
    3. actions to be taken
    4. reasons for celebration
    For some teams, the decision to collectively analyze student learning data does not come naturally.  To ensure that your team incorporates the analysis of student learning data into its work, include explicit references to data in your team action planning documents. By doing so, you will constantly reinforce the message that data are important (Solution Tree, 2010).
    The following sample professional learning team focus and goal development document has been created for your team.      
    Step 4 (Ongoing):  Documenting Daily/Weekly/Monthly Actions Toward Focus and SMART Goal 
Last Modified on August 1, 2016