Welcome to the Macomb County Professional Learning Communities Weebly where we regard PLCs as the best form of professional learning improved student learning.
We link PLCs to professional learning by defining the PLC process as: Professional learning that views school improvement as preparing teacher teams to quickly reflect and react to their students' learning of the essentials identified by the team. Everything else is just details.
The mission of the Macomb PLC Group is, "To serve as a self-help group, the "go to" place for information on ADAPTING the PLC process as professional learning in schools."
The group is a forum for discussing PLC progress and problems. We also exchange information through Twitter, email and this weebly. We encourage all views - this is not a cult of "Yes" people.
We stress simplicity and purpose as two keys to successful PLC implementation.
We recognize the truth in Michael Fullan's statement that "Educational change is technically simple but socially complex." While many see value in the theory of PLCs, implementation is a challenge.
Given this challenge, we have been meeting periodically (since April of 2007) to share implementation successes and struggles. This free program continues in 2014-15 with meetings scheduled on the following dates: Oct 14 10 am-noon Room 202 Macomb ISD Nov 11 10 am-noon Room 207 Macomb ISD Jan 13 10 am-noon Room 203 Macomb ISD Mar 10 10 am-noon Room 203 Macomb ISD
We keep the information exchange flowing by blogging on this site or by emailing/twittering relevant material & blog suggestions to Rick Repicky (addresses below).
Active blogs on this site include: Blog Topics 1: Purpose, The #1 Motivator PLC Definitions Essentials/Power Standards Evaluations: Schools Grading Leadership: Change Process Leadership: Implementation Team
Blog Topics 2: Leadership Qualities Norms Mission Team Actions More will be added
The best way to stay informed on local PLC progress is to attend our meetings which are held at the Macomb Intermediate School District. The meetings serve as a "sharecase" of PLC successes and challenges. Join us to share ideas on implementing the best system of professional development to increase student learning.
Contact me, Dr. Rick Repicky, at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @RickRepicky. I am the retired (2010) superintendent of Fraser Public Schools. While I have done extensive research on the PLC process, some of the most useful information comes from the contributions from our PLC group.
Thanks to Katie Fitzpatrick for setting up this weekly.