On December 15, 2015, ESU 11 hosted a Professional Learning Community meeting for second grade teachers. PLCs are an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively to achieve better results for the students they serve. During this session, the second grade teachers set group norms, analyzed the 2009 and 2014 Nebraska English Language Arts standards, held professional conversations to identify essential learnings, and researched and shared resources and lessons that could be used to help students master these essential learnings. Teachers were also introduced to Mastery Connect, a cloud-based software platform that allows teachers to track student mastery of standards. The next PLC will be held in the spring. Between now and the next meeting, teachers will create or locate lessons and resources that are effective in teaching the learning targets, and that address the new test items on the NeSA Reading test, and pin those to the Mastery Connect site so all PLC members can access these lessons.
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