Montgomery County Middle (6-8) School is truly a professional learning community. They trust each other well enough to have tough conversations about student learning and teaching. They are data driven and are experiencing success as they focus on student learning, collaboration and results.
Their journey began with the development of their mission and vision. “Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow” has helped them remember that when students learn, it makes their future a better place. Their comprehensive vision is constantly used as a blueprint for improvement and a benchmark by which they evaluate their progress. As they have grown in trust, teachers have been able to engage in some great collaborative practices, such as peer observations. Each teacher will do at least one peer observation per quarter and provide feedback to the teacher observed via a Google doc.
When this building began developing their professional learning community, they started with one common plan time a week as exploratory teachers covered core teachers’ classes. Records were kept but not shared and not a lot of data was being kept to help drive decisions being made. Now they have a schedule allowing for teachers to have a common plan daily as well as a regular team planning time. Team agendas are shared with team members and building level team members via Google docs. Members comment and make changes in their collaborative notes as necessary. Time has been spent as a building working on team building to create a comfortable atmosphere for positive sharing to take place.
The video above is a slide show from year two of PLC work. It was created to show staff the progress at that time, as well as what was coming next in the PLC Journey.
Take a look at this data reflection sheet which is used to establish data driven instruction and writing across the curriculum.
Standards Based Grading
This presentation was used to explain standards based grading to staff. Early in the journey, this document resulted from a faculty meeting where teachers discussed what was going well, and what wasn't. Farther into implementation, this explanation of the grading system was created to send with records as students transfer.
Montgomery County Middle School
418 N. Highway 19, Montgomery City, MO 63361
Principal: Mrs. Madonna Pund firstname.lastname@example.org
Superintendent: Mr. Michael D. Gray
54.3% Free/Reduced Lunch