- Fort Smith School District
Northside High School and Ballman Elementary Recognized as Model PLC Schools
We are excited to congratulate both Northside High School and Ballman Elementary School for their recent recognition by Solution Tree as a Model Professional Learning Community (PLC) at Work™. One of about 200 schools and districts in the US and Canada receive this honor!
Both Northside and Ballman’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students. 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.
“After six years of perseverance and hard work to build a collaborative culture focused on more learning for all, we are excited to share that Ballamn was selected as a Model PLC School. We are grateful for your support,” said Lori Griffin, Ballman Elementary School Principal.
“We are honored to receive this recognition. The PLC process has been integral in improving our overall school culture and improved student learning results,” said Dr. Keri Rathbun, Northside High School Principal.
Recognized model PLC schools are listed on allthingsplc.info, where they share implementation strategies, structures, and performance with other educators interested in improving their schools. The site was developed and is maintained by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance.