h/t LVHS Principal Brad Neuendorf
LVHS Principal Brad Neuendorf shared the following announcement from Model Professional Learning Community:
LANDER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL RECOGNIZED AS A MODEL PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY AT WORK™
One of About 200 Schools and Districts in the US and Canada to Receive This Honor and one of 35 high schools in the country and just the second high school in Wyoming to be recognized with this honor.
(Lander, WY, September 4, 2019)—Lander Valley High School was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The school’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.
Since beginning the PLC process at Lander Valley School, the school of approximately 550 students has seen rapid growth in most academic measures. For the first time in its history, LVHS has an ACT composite score above a 21. Their 21.4 score is the 6th highest in the state and is 1.9 points above the state average. Their Advanced Placement (AP) participation rates and tests scores have also seen remarkable improvements with over a 600 percent increase in students taking the test since 2015. Furthermore, with the increased participation, they have also more than doubled their success rate on the AP tests. Lander Valley has also realized a 7.6 percent increase in their graduation rate for the past three years as compared to their previous three year average- this despite the state average increasing just 1.8 percent in the same time frame.
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize 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:
- Focus on learning.
- Build a collaborative culture.
- Create a results orientation.
Responding to news of the recognition, LVHS Principal Brad Neuendorf said, “We are so very proud of our staff and students. We committed to the PLC process several years ago, and the results have spoken for themselves. We are very honored to be recognized for our accomplishments as a model PLC School as this validates our commitment to Every Student, Every Day!”
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.