Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students. The Pennsbury School District encourages PLCs of various topics in order to support our goals.
Embedded Formative Assessment (EFA)
Formative assessment plays an important role in increasing teacher quality and student learning when it’s viewed as a process rather than a tool. Emphasizing the instructional side of formative assessment, this book, Embedded Formative Assessment, by Dylan Wiliam, explores in depth the use of classroom questioning, learning intentions and success criteria, feedback, collaborative and cooperative learning, and self-regulated learning to engineer effective learning environments for students.
Each school in our middle school division has an Embedded Formative Assessment PLC team. Each team is made up of approximately 6-8 teachers from various content areas, building principals, the Staff Developer, and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) Program and Training Specialist.
Building Emotional Intelligence
In Building Emotional Intelligence, pioneering educator Linda Lantieri joins forces with renowned psychologist Daniel Goleman to help children respond to and rebound from the challenges unique to the 21st century. How? Through a breakthrough, step-by-step guide that teaches children how to quiet their minds, calm their bodies, and manage their emotions more skillfully.
The administrators and coordinators in our district are part of a PLC which discusses this book at our monthly coordinator meeting.