Lakeview Elementary recognized as a model professional learning community by Solution Tree
SOLON– Lakeview Elementary was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. Lakeview Elementary’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at WorkTM process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is ongoing, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:
1. Focus on learning.
2. Build a collaborative culture.
3. Create a results orientation.
Responding to news of the recognition, Lakeview Elementary principal Jodi Rickels said, “while it is nice to be recognized for our staff’s hard work, our staff strives to improve every day so that our students can benefit. We are honored and feel we are on the right track to helping all students achieve at high levels.”
Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.
According to Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Mike Mattos, visionaries of PLC at WorkTM, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”