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Proviso Probe

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Professional Learning Community at RB

Riverside-Brookfield High School (District 208) is trying a new system called Professional Learning Community (PLC). See Riverside/Brookfield Landmark (Bob Skolnik).

The emphasis is supposed to shift from teachers teaching to students learning. Teachers are supposed to cooperate more, instead of emphasizing each classes curriculum standing alone.

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7 Comments:

  • uh...

    District 209 is in its 2nd year of PLCs.

    Why didn't you report on it? Is it because that might suggest something positive is going on in the district???

    By Anonymous boondocks babe, at 6:51 PM, September 05, 2007  

  • Yes, 209 does have professional learning communities. They do a good job of keeping kids on track. The teachers all work together and since they have the same body of kids, they can exchange ideas. If a kid is cutting or not doing well, they talk about it to try and help the kid. There are some good things going on at Proviso!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:08 AM, September 06, 2007  

  • boondocks babe, if PLCs is such a success at D209, why don't you tell us about it?

    It may be a good program. PLCs may be a good thing (like public education is a good thing), but D209 is screwing it up.

    On the other hand, maybe PLCs are transforming D209 into a school worthy of a city on a hill, but the story hasn't gotten out.

    I opened the door to this discussion. I vaguely remember hearing about PLCs at D209. I figured someone would step up to the plate and write about what's going on.

    But instead I just got a bunch of whining. (I didn't approve the whining from various "anonymous" posters.)

    If you want to tell a positive story about your school or your classroom, what's stopping you?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:52 AM, September 06, 2007  

  • Proviso Union Supporter says,

    Nyberg, Proviso started PLC's with Fields and guess what IT AIN'T WORKED! Are the PLC's linked to student achievement? Hell NO! It's looks good on paper, but once again Proviso can't execute a program. With Libka at the helm, does anyone think that the PLC's will be productive? HEll NO!
    At Proviso West, the principal does not even sit in on the PLC meetings. It's just a time for teachers to grade papers.

    If the PLC's were such a great idea at Proviso, why didn't Fields have McDaniels do a colorful write up about it in the school's expensive newsletter. Maybe, Libka can pay Daniel and Ashley $10,000 to do a story on it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:31 PM, September 06, 2007  

  • Oh boy, another program.

    The linked article in the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark says: "if students are not learning, the teacher must change the way he or she is teaching." I suppose there are exceptionally good teachers and exceptionally bad ones that can impact a student's performance one way or the other, but for the most part don't you think the responsibility falls on the student? I know I had some rough times in high school (still got into college, where I decided I had to get serious). But the rough times were my own fault, not my teachers' fault. They did their job, I just didn't do mine, and no amount of tinkering with the teaching "programs" would have made a difference.

    That said, it's easy for high school students to lose sight of the fact that there is a point to education. When I was in high school, we had an annual "career day," when people from different walks of life would come in and talk about their jobs. I think that should be done a lot more, maybe several times a year -- the students need role models to demonstrate the value of education. We all know most kids are not going to listen to their parents about the value of education (at least I didn't), and they are probably not going to listen to their teachers either. They are a lot more likely to listen to people from the outside, don't you think?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:53 AM, September 07, 2007  

  • To Proviso Union Supporter:

    Maybe the problem you're having with PLCs at West is that your principal sucks. We don't need to be babysat at East. Sure, PLCs were a new adjustment, but any new program is going to take a while to show is effectiveness.

    And Carl:

    "...PLCs may be a good thing (like public education is a good thing), but D209 is screwing it up."

    How would you about the success of PLCs. Have you ever sat in on one of them? C'mon, if you're going to make that kind of statement, usse your investigative experience.

    By Anonymous boondocks babe, at 9:05 PM, September 07, 2007  

  • I chose my words imprecisely.

    District 209 is screwing up public education, not PLCs.

    District 209 gets adequate resources and delivers unsatisfactory education in the aggregate, right?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 12:26 PM, September 08, 2007  

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