Magnolia Intermediate, Magnolia Parkway Elementary, and Magnolia Junior High are of 350 schools and districts across the United States to be recognized as a Model Professional Learning Community (PLC). MJH was recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The school’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:
1. Focus on learning.
2. Build a collaborative culture.
3. Create a results orientation.
Dr. Megan Baker, Principal at Magnolia Parkway Elementary, said, “We are beyond honored to receive this recognition. Our staff’s commitment to the belief that all students can learn at high levels is evident in all we do at Magnolia Parkway. Being a PLC is about continuous learning, and our staff is dedicated to this mindset as they continually strive for excellence."
Principal Lisa Bertrand of Magnolia Intermediate said, “We are very honored to be recognized as a PLC Model School. At MIS we strive to reach students every moment each and every day. Due to our commitment to the PLC process we our able to meet the needs of all students. We at MIS truly embrace that each student is everyone’s student.
Responding to news of the recognition, Principal David Slater said, “This is a great honor for Magnolia Junior High and reflective of our faculty’s passionate commitment to student success. Our campus culture is rooted in the principles of PLC, and I could not be prouder that the tireless and inspiring work of our staff that makes that culture possible is being recognized through this distinction.”
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.
According to the Champions of PLC at Work®, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”
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. Tools for team collaboration, articles and research about PLCs, blog posts, and other related resources are also available on the site. The site was developed and is maintained by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance. For more than 20 years, Solution Tree resources have helped K–12 teachers and administrators create schools where all children succeed.