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Building Administrators are available for assistance. Kristi Kortuem, Secondary PLC Specialist, is available for assistance. (ext. 2022) Lakeville Area Public Schools • PLC Handbook • Page 15 modified 11/15/2010
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Establishing Team Norms Effective teams generally have a set of norms that govern individual behavior, facilitate the work of the group, and enable the group to accomplish its task. Abiding by norms is especially important for PLC teams for various reasons: Norms help teams to be productive and effective. Norms ensure that all members have the opportunity to contribute to the process. Norms help to keep dialogue open and respectful, even when members disagree. Further information on the importance of team norms and developing them can be found on pages 102-111 in Learning by Doing by Dufour, Dufour, Eaker and Many and found on pages 54-56 in The Data Coach’s Guide to Improving Learning for All Students by Love, Stiles, Mundry and DiRanna. When establishing team norms, the table below provides things your PLC may want to consider. Adapted from NSDC book Keys to Successful Meetings by Stephanie Hirsh, Ann Delehant, and Sherry Sparks. Oxford OH: National Staff Development Council, 1994. Lakeville Area Public Schools • PLC Handbook • Page 16 modified 11/15/2010
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Key Questions for Establishing Norms Consideration Proposed Norm Time When do we meet? Will we set a beginning and ending time? Will we start and end on time? Listening How will we encourage listening? How will we discourage interrupting? Confidentiality Will the meetings be open? Will what we say in the meeting be held in confidence? What can be said after the meeting? Decision Making How will we make a decision? Are we an advisory or a decision making body? Will we reach decisions by consensus? How will we deal with conflicts? Participation How will we encourage everyone’s participation? Will we have an attendance policy? Expectations What do we expect from members? Are there requirements for participation? Lakeville Area Public Schools • PLC Handbook • Page 17 modified 11/15/2010
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Setting SMART Goals Rationale : SMART goals set the direction for educators to improve student achievement in a targeted area. Definition : A SMART goal clarifies exactly what students should learn, the standard of learning expected and the measure used to determine if students have achieved the standard. Goals should focus on the results rather than the process or task. A SMART goal is: Examples: SMART goal: All 5th grade students will increase their score on the spatial sense, geometry, and measurement strand to at least 80% proficiency on the 2011 Math MCA-III. Not a SMART goal: We will train teachers in PLCs during the 2010 - 2011 school year. The teacher training goal focuses on a process rather than on results; the goal could be achieved and student achievement could actually decline.
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