Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
Otsego is deeply invested in a process that is considered "best practice" in education today - organizing Professional Learning Communities, or PLCs. Professional Learning Community teams, or PLCs, are school improvement teams; they are an effective means of monitoring student growth so teachers can adjust instruction and create interventions to ensure individual student learning.
We are beginning to see increased rates of student achievement in areas where PLC projects have been established and we believe it is because of this frequent collaboration and analysis of data.
History of PLCs in Otsego
PLCs have been established and running in the high school for five years. They are now implemented across the district; we have also formed PLCs involing the entire K-12 spectrum. PLC teams consist of teachers involved in the same subject area, i.e. math, ELA, PE.
In the spring of 2012, our high school math scores were 18% higher than the State average. This result supports our feeling that we are headed in the right direction in implementing and expanding PLC teams. We attribute this improvement to the Algebra 1 PLC project that began in 2009 and is supported by two after-school intervention programs. That group was the first to experience these interventions. One of those programs, Math Lab, was recognized with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Association of School Boards in 2012.
To further support the PLC projects and student success, Otsego Public Schools is implementing a series of early release dates for our secondary students. This program releases middle school and high school students at 1:30pm in order for teachers to work in their Professional Learning Community teams. Lunches will be served at school on those days and buses will run at 1:30pm to take students home. If your child needs to stay for an after-school activity they may do so and can attend a study hall that will be provided.
The Early Release dates for the 2013-14 School Year have not yet been decided.