Professional Learning Communities
CPA is an official Professional Learning Community (PLC). PLC's undergo an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. PLC's operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators.
In a Professional Learning Community, collaboration represents a systematic process in which teachers work together interdependently in order to impact their classroom practice in ways that will lead to better results for their students, for their team, and for their school. CPA provides job-embedded collaboration time for all faculty, recognizing the need for educators to constantly evaluate and improve upon the following questions in the learning process.
Four Key Questions of a PLC
- What do we expect students to learn? (Curriculum Planning)
- How will we know when they have learned it? (Assessment)
- How will we respond when students don't learn it? (Intervention)
- How will we support students who already know it? (Extension)
How Does CPA Facilitate PS-12 Faculty Collaboration?
- Common Formative Assessment
- Shared Planning Periods
- Designated Weekly Faculty Collaboration Time
- Full-Time Educational Technology Integrationists in Every School
- Trust-Based Relationship Intervention
- TAIS Biennial Conference
- Project Lead the Way
- Faculty Mentor Program