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NPMS Recognized as Model PLC at Work

New Prague Middle School Receives Recognition as Model Professional Learning Community at Work

New Prague Middle School was recently recognized by Solution Tree for the fourth year in a row for its sustained success in raising student achievement. New Prague Middle School is one of three schools in the state of Minnesota and one of 143 schools in the United States to receive this recognition. New Prague Middle School’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Workprocess was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students. The school is now eligible to apply for the DuFour Award. The annual DuFour Award honors one outstanding Model PLC that demonstrates exceptional levels of student achievement.

PLCs within the NPMS is embedded in the day to day schedule and are where educators recognize the key to improved learning for students begins with collaboration.  This is ongoing and 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.

Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including a 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. 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.