If you’re an educator, chances are you’ve heard the term PLC or Professional Learning Committee, perhaps even ad nauseam. People use this term for a wide variety of situations in the K12 school system—grade-level teaching teams, subject area teams, or even an entire school district.
7th grade. What a strange time for a young boy. I had moved up from elementary and so now I was in middle school. I thought that, you know, it will be the same ole thing.
Spend a few years in the classroom, and you'll inevitably get better at addressing a group . You'll start to grade papers faster and faster. Your lesson plans will begin to sparkle with wit and charm.
I was visiting with a superintendent recently and showing him SchoolStatus and all that it could do for him and his district. I had just gotten into my pitch and he exclaimed, “Great! I have data running out my ears. The problem is putting it together and figuring out what to do with it! This is just what I need.” I was thinking, ‘Home run!’
Student absenteeism is obviously a factor in how well a child does in school. Turns out, teacher absenteeism is also a leading factor in student outcomes. Published studies reveal interesting findings about teachers who miss school. Some trends in teacher absenteeism are surprising, and not all are easily explained.