Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) like professional learning communities you may belong to in your school setting, PLTs are self-selected educators who meet regularly to achieve shared professional goals. Team members come from all over the world 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 and 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 and professional goals through meeting activities, 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. Do you need a professional community to implement change?
Where: All PLTs meet virtually via Zoom twice per month from August to May. Enrollment is ongoing until October 1st each fall.
When: Meetings for each PTL will occur monthly for 1 hr. from August to May for a total of 10 sessions occurring on dates decided by the members of the PLT.
PLT Offerings for
August 2023-May 2024
Fostering an 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. Meeting time: Sundays 7pm/19:00 Eastern Time in the United States (EST or UTC-5/EDT or UTC-4)
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. Meeting time: Mondays 7pm/19:00 Eastern Time in the United States (EST or UTC-5/EDT or UTC-4)
PD Fee: $30 per meeting with a commitment to the team for the entire school year paid as $300 in one transaction by PO or credit card.