by Frank Schofield, superintendent, Logan City School District
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African proverb
As a parent, teacher and school administrator, one of my goals has always been to help children develop the attitudes, behaviors and skills that will allow them to chart their own course throughout their life. I have always wanted students to have the ability to go as “far” as possible in their quest for personal success, and I continue to hold that goal for students in the Logan City School District.
As we focus on helping students “go far,” I believe in the principle expressed in the quotation above. We can go further when we go together. On one level, it relates to the importance of the positive, collaborative relationships between schools and families; on another level, it illustrates the need for teachers to work together to address the various needs of students in our schools.
In an effort to promote this collaboration among our teachers, the Logan City School District has the following expectations for teacher teams:
- Every educator participates on an organized Professional Learning Community team.
- Every PLC team meets weekly for at least 40-60 uninterrupted minutes or more when time is embedded in the educator’s team schedule.
- Every PLC team collaboratively develops and administers common formative assessments based on the essential content from their curriculum.
- Every PLC team utilizes CFA data to help answer the following questions:
- What must our students know and be able to do as a result of what we are about to teach?
- How will we know if our students are learning?
- How will we respond when our students don’t learn?
- How will we enrich and extend the learning for students who are proficient?
By answering these questions, we will be better prepared to make the adjustments needed to help more of our students succeed in school.
This level of collaboration takes time, which is why we schedule late-start Wednesdays in our secondary schools, and our elementary schools have various schedules. This collaboration is essential to helping more students develop the attitudes, behaviors and skills that will enable them to create a positive future for themselves and their community, and help them go as “far” as they can.
Thanks to you for the ways you support this goal, and contribute to helping all of our students grow.