Brookview Elementary Recognized as a Model PLC School
Brookview Elementary was recently recognized as a Model PLC School by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. Waukee Community School District is one of three districts in the state that has been designated a Model PLC District and Brookview Elementary is one of six schools to earn the Model PLC School distinction in Iowa.
The school’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.
“It is an honor to have our staff recognized for their hard work and commitment to ensuring that all students are learning at high levels. Through our professional learning communities and collaborative practices, we have established a culture of continuous improvement. I am privileged to work with such outstanding educational professionals!” Terry Hurlburt, Brookview principal, said.
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:
- Focus on learning.
- Build a collaborative culture.
- Create a results orientation.
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.
“This year our staff will be focusing on student inquiry and curriculum integration as we work toward improving student reading and literacy skills. PLCs provide us with an effective process to collaborate as we learn with and from one another,” Hurlburt said.