On November 19, 2018, ESU 11 hosted a Professional Learning Community meeting for 6-12 grade English Language Arts teachers. PLCs are an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively to achieve better results for the students they serve. During this session, Dr. Marissa Payzant, ELA Consultant from the Nebraska Department of Education, shared the following with the teachers:
- Explicit Writing Strategies
- Language Dives
- Work-based Language Lessons
Staff Development Director, Kate Hatch, also helped the teachers analyze NWEA MAP data and NSCAS data, to identify potential areas of strengths and weaknesses within their district’s ELA program. The teachers and Technology Curriculum Consultant, Jody Bauer, shared a variety of strategies that could be used to help improve instruction.
The next PLC will be held in the spring. Between now and the next meeting, teachers will engage in action research and utilize at least one of the strategies that Dr. Payzant demonstrated.