Further information from Regina PLCs at Work Institute:
We are writing to provide a few follow-up resources and links which we hope will help you address some of the questions and requests for support you made us aware of during the institute and in the evaluations.
First, the following is the Canadian information Rick used during his keynote “crucial conversation role-play” with Becky:
Thirty percent of Canadian students who enter 10th grade fail to graduate in three years.
70% of Aboriginal students do not graduate in three years.
These percentages have remained constant for over a decade.
Canadian dropouts earn 45 cents for every $1 a college graduate will earn and 71 cents for every dollar a high school graduate will earn.
They are more prone to ill health and will live a shorter life.
They are less employable in a volatile job market. They are twice as likely to be unemployed as a high school graduate and three times more likely than a college graduate.
Their own children are less likely to pursue higher education
Canadian students whose parents have a university education are 11.6 times more likely to enter university.
For every 1 point increase in the index of SES, a Canadian student’s score on the PISA reading exam increased 32 points
Students who score high on international achievement exams at age 15 are 20 times more likely to attend university than those who score low.
Second, the following is intended to provide you easy access tools, templates, research, and resources:
Reproducible Resources from Learning By Doing Second Edition
PLC Blog Archives by category:
A few of you requested more information about the PLC at Work process in a small school or district setting. Although every school and district “customizes” the implementation of the process to the unique context, setting, and existing resources (people, time, materials, and money), the following links are intended to help you build shared knowledge about what others are learning in their small setting and then work with colleagues from your school, district, or region to customize a plan of action that will work for you
Team Structure Options:
Singletons (ideas for teachers who are in “only ones” in their, department, course, grade-level or school) http://www.allthingsplc.info/wordpress/?category_name=singletons
From Cool Technologies to Critical Thinking
By Regina Owens, PLC at Work™ associate (Administrator of an on line, Virtual High School)
Posted on August 3, 2011
Two conference evaluations included a request for more Canadian examples of PLCs at Work. We couldn’t agree more! As you know, however, some of the very best Canadian school & district examples of PLCs at Work were represented by the fabulous institute faculty members from Canada:
Greg Kushnir, and
If your school or district had been implementing the PLC at Work process for at least three years, we urge you to read the following guidelines for the “Evidence of Effectiveness” link and submit an application to become a model PLC at Work school or district.
Evidence of Effectiveness:
Evidence of Effectiveness Guidelines and Application:
If your school has not yet been implementing the process for at least three years, but have started the journey and are experiencing the benefits for the students and adults in your community, we hope you will consider contributing an inspirational PLC Story and/or a PLC Success Story: http://www.allthingsplc.info/send.php
Finally, we recognize attending a conference and gathering new information often leads to more questions than answers. We, along with Solution Tree Canada are here to help! Please use the search engine on www.allthingsplc.info to access articles, research, resources, and to read questions that have already been asked and answered. In addition, post a comment on the blog or send email questions to www.allthingsplc.info or to our email address (below).
Wishing you great success on the journey,
Becky & Rick DuFour
Donald “Stubby” McLean
Director, Solution Tree Canada, Inc.