Do Our Behaviors Reflect Our Intentions?
Are we going where we think we are going?
Do our behaviors reflect our intentions in our professional learning community?
This posting addresses schools that have been working as a PLC for a couple of years. Rick DuFour says that the road to a PLC is full of parking lots where a school can get stuck and fail to continue on the journey. At that point it’s time for a check of current reality. In Whatever it Takes, chapter 8 (2004) DuFour, DuFour, Eaker and Karhanek identified 9 common threads that were present in 4 very different, yet very successful PLC schools. Looking at these 9 common threads, along with products and questions that indicate these threads are present and thriving in your school, is a good way to assess your current reality.
What are these 9 common threads?
- Clarity of Purpose
- Collaborative Culture
- Collective Inquiry into Best Practice and Current Reality
- Action Orientation
- Commitment to Continuous Improvement
- Focus on Results
- Strong Principals Who Empower Teachers
- Commitments to Face Adversity, Conflict, and Anxiety
- The Same Guiding Phrase
The attached tool will guide you through a self-examination of how your school or district is addressing these 9 common threads. Feel free to print, share, and distribute this resource as needed!