PLCs

Professional Learning Communities

Littleton Public Schools Board of Education approves changes to 2017-2018 calendar that include a weekly, one-hour late start for Professional Learning Communities

 At its regularly scheduled meeting April 27, 2017, the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education approved changes to the 2017-2018 school-year calendar that provide a one-hour late start every Wednesday for teachers to meet in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).

The Board indicated early on that a decision to move to weekly PLCs would be made by the end of April in order to give staff and families time to plan.  LPS and the Littleton Education Association (LEA) have reached a tentative agreement on this weekly PLC calendar.  Pending LEA ratification, the entire negotiated agreement will come to the Board of Education for final approval on May 11.

What are Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)?
PLCs provide time for teachers to meet together in teams to analyze data, solve student learning challenges, and improve instruction. During these meetings, teachers discuss:

  • What is essential for students to learn?
  • How will we know when each student has learned it?
  • How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?
  • How will we respond when a student already knows it?

Having consistent, frequent time for Professional Learning Communities is more important than ever before. The new district achievement goal states: 100 percent of LPS students will graduate prepared for meaningful, post-secondary opportunities. This means that teachers need more collaborative time to better address:

  • improving academic growth and achievement;
  • closing achievement gaps;
  • serving a more diverse population as the community’s demographics change;
  • and ensuring students graduate with 21st century skills.

Additional time to collaborate is also critical as schools prepare students to meet the increased rigor of the state’s new graduation requirements. Students’ social/emotional well-being is also addressed through teachers’ PLC work.

LPS first implemented Professional Learning Communities more than a decade ago, and teachers say PLCs have a significant impact on their ability to help students learn. Research says that there has never been greater consensus about what works; the one thing the highest performing school systems in the world have in common is an understanding that a system can be only as good as the people within it. Professional Learning Communities increase student learning and close achievement gaps because they produce better teaching strategies, by more teachers, more often.

The Board’s unanimous support for the change was the culmination of nearly a year of research, community conversations and planning. LPS Superintendent Brian Ewert engaged every school staff in conversations about how to improve Professional Learning Communities. He also gave 30 separate presentations to parent and community groups. He was often accompanied by members of the LPS Board of Education and the President of the Littleton Education Association.  

Staff, parents and students were invited to take surveys about the idea of increasing the frequency of Professional Learning Communities. Of all the groups surveyed, between 75% and 82% were in favor of weekly Professional Learning Communities. “We heard loud and clear from parents that they preferred a weekly, one-hour late start for PLCs rather than our current 10, two-hour late starts spread throughout the school year. Parents like the consistency of an hour, once a week,” said Ewert. “Parents also told us that there is a need for affordable childcare on those mornings, and we will provide it.”

In addition to before- and after-school child care, elementary School Age Child Care programs will offer one-hour PLC Late Start care for families at a reduced rate.

 

Child Care on PLC Late Start Mornings

The Elementary School Age Child Care program

Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, in addition to before and after school child care, elementary School Age Child Care (SACC) programs will offer one hour PLC Late Start care for families.  This one hour child care option will be available only at the elementary level and only on PLC days.  This one hour SACC option will be at a reduced rate.  Families must register in advance for elementary PLC Late Start child care.  Contact your child's elementary school for registration and fee information.

To ensure the safety of all students, please make sure your child arrives at school at the later start time on weekly PLC late-start days and not before. Schools will NOT provide supervision for children who arrive early.

Thank you for your partnership!

Transportation on PLC Late Start Mornings

In the 2016-2017 school year, buses run exactly two hours later on the 10 PLC late start mornings.

Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, buses will run exactly one hour later every PLC Late Start Wednesday morning. 

PLC Bell Schedules 2016-2017

 

School

Beginning Bell on regular days

Ending Bell on all days       

Beginning Bell on PLC days  

Centennial

8:16 a.m.

3:18 p.m.

10:16 a.m.

East

8:36 a.m.

3:13 p.m.

10:36 a.m.

Field

8:40 a.m.

3:47 p.m.

10:40 a.m.

Franklin

8:36 a.m.

3:13 p.m.

10:36 a.m.

Highland

9:06 a.m.

3:43 p.m.

11:06 a.m.

Hopkins

8:36 a.m.

3:13 p.m.

10:36 a.m.

Lenski

9:06 a.m.

3:43 p.m.

11:06 a.m.

Moody

9:06 a.m.

3:43 p.m.

11:06 a.m.

Peabody

8:36 a.m.

3:13 p.m.

10:36 a.m.

Runyon

8:36 a.m.

3:13 p.m.

10:36 a.m.

Sandburg

9:06 a.m.

3:43 p.m.

11:06 a.m.

Twain

9:06 a.m.

3:43 p.m.

11:06 a.m.

Wilder

9:06 a.m.

3:43 p.m.

11:06 a.m.

Euclid 

7:54 a.m.

2:43 p.m.

9:54 a.m.

Goddard

7:54 a.m.

2:43 p.m.

9:54 a.m.

Newton

7:54 a.m.

2:43 p.m.

9:54 a.m.

Powell

7:54 a.m.

2:43 p.m.

9:54 a.m.

Arapahoe

7:21 a.m.

2:16 p.m.

9:21 a.m.

Heritage

7:21 a.m.

2:18 p.m.

9:21 a.m.

Littleton

7:20 a.m.

2:14 p.m.

9:21 a.m.

Options

7:26 a.m.

2:18 p.m.

9:26 a.m.

Weekly PLC Bell Schedules 2017-2018

 

School

Beginning Bell on
regular days

Ending Bell on 
all days       

Beginning Bell on
PLC Wednesdays  

Centennial

8:16 a.m.

3:24 p.m.

9:16 a.m.

East

8:36 a.m.

3:19 p.m.

9:36 a.m.

Field

8:40 a.m.

3:53 p.m.

9:40 a.m.

Franklin

8:36 a.m.

3:19 p.m.

9:36 a.m.

Highland

9:06 a.m.

3:49 p.m.

10:06 a.m.

Hopkins

8:36 a.m.

3:19 p.m.

9:36 a.m.

Lenski

9:06 a.m.

3:49 p.m.

10:06 a.m.

Moody

9:06 a.m.

3:49 p.m.

10:06 a.m.

Peabody

8:36 a.m.

3:19 p.m.

9:36 a.m.

Runyon

8:36 a.m.

3:19 p.m.

9:36 a.m.

Sandburg

9:06 a.m.

3:49 p.m.

10:06 a.m.

Twain

9:06 a.m.

3:49 p.m.

10:06 a.m.

Wilder

9:06 a.m.

3:49 p.m.

10:06 a.m.

Euclid 

7:55 a.m.

2:50 p.m.

8:55 a.m.

Goddard

7:55 a.m.

2:50 p.m.

8:55 a.m.

Newton

7:55 a.m.

2:50 p.m.

8:55 a.m.

Powell

7:55 a.m.

2:50 p.m.

8:55 a.m.

Arapahoe

7:20 a.m.

2:21 p.m.

8:20 a.m.

Heritage

7:20 a.m.

2:23 p.m.

8:20 a.m.

Littleton

7:20 a.m.

2:20 p.m.

8:20 a.m.

Options

TBD

TBD

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