Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) differ slightly from professional learning communities you may belong to in your school setting in that PLT members come from all over so there is a wonderful cross-pollination of ideas and experiences representing a broad range of cultures, backgrounds, school settings, and academic programs. In addition, team members are committed to setting personal professional goals aligned with the primary goal of the PLT and are accountable for carrying out the steps they have defined to achieve those goals between meetings. Team members support one another in achieving both the primary goal of the team and the incremental personal professional goals through meeting activities, small group sharing, peer feedback, and unbridled encouragement. If desired, team members may receive continuing education credit for producing artifacts that satisfy the primary goal of the PLT.
Where: All PLTs meet virtually via Zoom twice per month from August 2021 to May 2022.
When: Meetings for each PTL will occur every other week for 1.5 hrs. from August 2021 to May 2022 for a total of 20 sessions occurring on a consistent day and time as decided by the members of the PLT. All team members enrolled by August 1, 2021 will be included in the decision as to the day and meeting time for their PLT.
PD Fee: $20 per meeting with a commitment to the team for the entire 2021-22 school year.*
PLT Offerings for
August 2021-May 2022
Fostering Adventurous Exploration of Our World
Primary Team Goal: To build a strong repertoire of scientific experimentation and data analysis skills in students for mastery of performance-based assessments such as Internal Assessments (IAs) for IB, independent research, or Capstone Projects in AP and PBAT programs.
Making a Successful Transition to Standards-based Learning
Primary Team Goal: To design original phenomenon-driven units that target performance expectations in math and science through the pursuit of curiosity and reflective critical thinking.
What Will We Take Forward?
Primary Team Goal: To fearlessly redesign the broken aspects of traditional classroom education in response to a year filled with numerous faltering systems and the illumination of unbearable inequities.