Pleasant Grove ISD is a learning organization committed to promoting continuous professional development and growth for every staff member. We believe the key to our students' success is to build capacity throughout the district and work collectively as a community of learners focused on student success. Professional development and growth comes through thoughtful, reflective and intentional learning experiences that are job-embedded, collaborative, and timely.
Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning
Pleasant Grove ISD uses the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning as a framework for designing effective professional learning experiences that increase educator effectiveness and improve learning outcomes for all students.
- Learning Communities: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students occurs within learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility, and goal alignment.
- Resources: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires prioritizing, monitoring, and coordinating resources for educator learning.
- Learning Designs: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students integrates theories, research, and models of human learning to achieve its intended outcomes.
- Outcomes: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students aligns its outcomes with educator performance and student curriculum standards.
- Leadership: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires skillful leaders who develop capacity, advocate, and create support systems for professional learning.
- Data: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students uses a variety of sources and types of student, educator, and system data to plan, assess, and evaluate professional learning.
- Implementation: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students applies research on change and sustains support for implementation of professional learning for long term change.
In Spring, 2023, Pleasant Grove ISD was named a model PLC district by Solution Tree. We believe that teachers learn best when working in teams to address the four critical questions:
- What do we want our students to know and be able to do?
- How will we know if each student has learned it?
- How will we respond when some students do not learn?
- How will we extend the learning for students who have demonstrated proficiency?
These four questions are the basis for our district learning plan.
Professional Development Plan
Professional Learning Communities
- All teachers are given the opportunity to attend PLC Institute.
- Oklahoma City, OK
- June 2023
- Exchange days at the end of each quarter are offered to attendees.
- The district provided professional development on the PLC process for non-attendees.
- October 9
- January 2
- March 18
- May 28
- Core teachers meet daily in Collaborative Team Meetings with Campus Learning Coordinators to address the four critical questions and to continue the work of teams.
Literacy Model Training - Year 3
- Leach Literacy, LLC will provide professional development in balanced literacy for all English Language Arts teachers.
- Specific days are scheduled throughout the year and vary by campus and grade level.
- The District Literacy Coordinator and Assistant District Literacy Coordinator provide job embedded literacy training for all English Language Arts teachers throughout the school year.
- Training focuses on priority standards, literacy planning, best instructional practices.
- This training is provided through:
- Observation and coaching and feedback
- Collaborative Team Meetings
- Team meeting days two times per year
State-mandated and job-specific training
- The district will utilize EduHero to provide state-mandated training for staff
- These courses will be assigned by the Assistant Superintendent and Director of Learning Services working with Digital Learning Services.
- And exchange day will be offered to staff who complete assigned courses prior to July 31.
- Completion of required professional development will be monitored by the Assistant Superintendent and Director of Learning Services.
Prior to the first day of instruction, staff will be provided with 7 contracted days to prepare for the school year and to provide professional learning.