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What is a Professional Learning Community?

A Professional Learning Community

What is a Professional Learning Community?

            A Professional Learning Community is a collaborative culture with a primary purpose
            of learning that focuses on results-oriented curriculum, assessment, and instruction.
Who is involved in a Professional Learning Community?

            The principal, teachers, support staff, parents, and students work together to ensure student success.


How does a Professional Learning Community work?

·         There is a school-wide focus on high levels of learning.  

·         Members of the Professional Learning Community work together as a team.

·         Student work is assessed so that our school continues to improve.

·         Student Progress Meetings are held four times a year to look at individual

          student's progress.

·         Grade level meetings are held monthly so that teachers can review student

          progress and make instructional goals and interventions.


How does a Professional Learning Community promote continuous improvement?

            The following key questions guide the work of the Professional Learning Community:

1.        What is it we expect our students to learn?

2.       How will we know when they have learned it?

3.       How will we respond when they don’t learn?

4.       How will we respond when they already know it?


What are some additional strategies that Shorecliffs MS School uses to ensure student success? 

Shorecliffs has a Problem Solving Team that meets regularly to look at individual students who may be having academic or behavior problems.  This team looks at information from the teacher, student work, and/or student observations to suggest interventions to help students become successful.

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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
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(949) 234-9200

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