One of About 200 Schools and Districts in the US and Canada to Receive This Honor
ELK GROVE, Calif. – November 18, 2019 – The Elk Grove Unified School District proudly announces that Harriet Eddy Middle School was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. Harriet Eddy Middle School’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Work™ process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize that the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to take three steps of action: Focus on learning; Build a collaborative culture; and Create a results orientation mindset.
Responding to news of the recognition, Harriet Eddy Middle School Principal Mark Benson said, “When asked how our school has been so successful in recent years, often people attribute that success to our International Baccalaureate authorization. However, I am quick to point out that regardless of the school program, the PLC process is the engine that drives the bus. The collaboration, trust and interdependence that are created through the PLC process are integral to our success. It is our intention for our PLC process to be foundational for our educational program. Our PLC process will endure the many changes that inevitably occur in education to support high-quality learning for all students.”
Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including 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.
According to the Champions of PLC at Work™, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”
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. Tools for team collaboration, articles and research about PLCs, blog posts and other related resources are also available on the site. The site was developed and is maintained by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance. For more than 20 years, Solution Tree resources have helped K–12 teachers and administrators create schools where all children succeed.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.
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