Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Building Student Ownership, Motivation and Efficacy with the PLC at Work Process with Bill Ferriter

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Memo Number
COM-22-056
Memo Date
10/1/2021
Memo Type
Informational
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Central Administration
Regulatory Authority
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NO
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Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Test Coordinators; Teachers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; School Counselors; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); Data Stewards (SIS; eSchool; eFinance; TRIAND); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators; CTE Coordinator (COOPs and regular school districts)

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Session Title:  You Can Learn:  Building Student Ownership, Motivation and Efficacy with the PLC at Work Process with Bill Ferriter.

 

In research on the reasons students drop out of high school, Deborah Feldman (2017) made a surprising discovery:  Most kids who walked away before graduation could track their decision to specific moments of academic challenge in middle school that caused them to stop believing in “their ability to be a student, which was their primary job in life.”   Think about that for a moment:  Imagine how hard it must be for students to continue to invest in school once they begin to question whether success in an academic setting is even possible.

 

What are the implications of Feldman’s discovery for practitioners?  It is imperative that we actively build both the capacity and confidence of every learner.  This session will introduce participants to the tangible steps that full-time teacher and Solution Tree author Bill Ferriter has taken to use student-centered versions of the four critical questions of learning in the PLC at Work process to do that work in his classroom.

 

In this session, participants will:

 

  • Review the PLC at Work process and its role in building the collective efficacy of collaborative teams.
  • Learn more about how the four critical questions of learning in the PLC at Work process can be adapted for use with -- and by -- students of any age.
  • Explore simple efficacy building strategies that can be integrated into classroom practice.
  • Identify next steps worth taking to make student ownership, motivation, and efficacy a priority in their classrooms and schools.  

 

Session 1: ESC Works Session #459241: October 7, 2021, 8:30 - 11:30 AM CST

 

Session 2: ESC Works Session #459244 October 8, 202, 8:30 - 11:30 AM CST

 

*Participants are encouraged to attend both sessions.  Session 2 will build on information shared during Session 1.  

 

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