“Schools that operate as professional learning communities use formative assessments on a frequent basis to ask, ‘Are the students learning and what steps must we take to address the needs of those who have not learned?’”  

-Dufour, Dufour, Eaker


News and Ideas

  • January Update Greetings PLC Leaders,As our second trimester meeting approaches (January 12th), we wanted to touch base with a reminder.Next Scheduled Trimesterly PLC Leader MeetingsThursday, January 12th, 3-4 ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2012, 10:47 AM by sostlund@isd271.org
  • October Update Next meeting is November 10th. This edition of the update includes future dates, an evaluation and the draft agenda. Greetings PLC Leaders,We hope your year is going well and ...
    Posted Oct 24, 2011, 11:18 AM by sbeaverson@isd271.org
  • September Updated September Email - PLC Webiste Notes - Seven Strategies of Assesment templates - Trimester PLC MeetingsGreetings PLC Leaders,We hope your year has gotten off to a productive and collaborative start.  As ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2011, 8:50 AM by sbeaverson@isd271.org
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Support Articles and Documents

  • 5 applications of formative assessment   0k - Jan 6, 2012, 11:25 AM by llee-as@isd271.org (v2)
    ‎Overview of the process of formative assessment (no -s)‎
  • SciMathMN Curricular Frameworks   0k - Dec 15, 2011, 8:14 AM by Sean Foley (v2)
    ‎Math and Science Curricular Frameworks. Lots of great resources tied directly to state standards, including student misconceptions and questions for PLCs.‎
  • Feedback Techniques   0k - Dec 12, 2011, 7:30 AM by Sean Foley (v2)
    ‎A variety of ideas for making immediate instructional adjustments.‎
  • StudentSelfAssessment.pdf   55k - Sep 21, 2011, 9:30 AM by Sean Foley (v2)
    ‎Describes the benefits of getting students involved in self-assessment and provides a few suggestions on how to do so.‎
  • Feedback and Check for Understanding.pdf   60k - Sep 15, 2011, 7:40 AM by Sean Foley (v5)
    ‎Article 1: What makes feedback effective Article 2: using "Circle,square,triangle" to check for understanding ‎
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The Focus Imperative

The pursuit of high-impact learning requires that we achieve individual and organizational focus. When we focus our attention in one area, we can reach a state of purposeful action that yields powerful emotional, physical, and professional results (Gallagher, 2009).


Research has demonstrated repeatedly that there are six critical school-success practices from which to choose that have the greatest impact on student learning and educational equity:

  • Expectations
  • Formative assessment
  • Educator efficacy
  • Feedback
  • Nonfiction writing
  • Time