- Fort Smith School District
Spradling Elementary Recognized as Model PLC School
We are excited to congratulate Spradling Elementary School for its 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!
“Spradling Elementary is humbled and honored to join the ranks of National PLC Model Schools. We are dedicated to continue to serve our students at this level through this process. Our staff and students have worked hard to get this achievement and we appreciate all the support we have been given by FSPS Administration. Together we achieve more,” said Robyn Dawson, Principal.
Spradling’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.
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.