Board Learns More about Professional Learning Communities

At the February 14 meeting of the Norton Board of Education, the BOE set a special meeting for noon, February 24. The purpose of the meeting was to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with Dr. Karl Clauset, the National Director of the “Whole Faculty Study Group” system of Professional Learning Communities. Professional Learning Communities are being looked at for implementation in USD 211 in time for the 2012-13 school year.

Dr. Clauset was in Kansas and Nebraska during the week visiting schools in Osborne, Holdrege and Kearney who have adopted the WFSG method of Professional Learning Communities.

The scheduled 4:00 p.m. meeting for staff was cancelled due to many staff having already made prior arrangements and, as it turned out, the weather would have undoubtedly led to it being canceled.

At the special noon meeting on February 24 Dr. Clauset explained the work of Professional Learning Communities, their organization, purpose and educational benefits. He also answered questions that the BOE members had about implementation and use of PLCs and how they could be used to support the USD 211 MTSS Initiative.

The minutes of the special meeting are available here. Minutes are not official until approved at a subsequent meeting of the Board of Education.