While students were out on break, teachers had an opportunity to benefit from professional learning communities focus on collaboration.
In Cody, Wyoming, staff from Park County School District met on the last day of Christmas break for training in Professional Learning Communities. The districts have implemented the communities to build relationships with students across all the schools.
“What we’re hoping to gain out of this experience is a more comprehensive understanding of what PLC is and how to implement PLC effectively,” Livingston Elementary Principal Mike Wood said. “I enjoy the teacher collaboration, the focus on students and the learning that happens and the growth of teachers themselves.”
One intent of the training is to help the staff and the students in the present and in the future.
“[One thing to look at is] understanding of school culture, what school culture is, how to create the culture you want, which involves learning for students and collaborating,” said Parkside Elementary School Principal Jason Hillman. “We talked about how kids are going to be coming off of break for two weeks and what are we going to do to get them going.”