Woodland High School becomes the 14th Bartow County school to be named a Model Professional Learning Community for its sustained success in raising student achievement!
“Being recognized with Model PLC status is a major point of pride for Woodland High School, and my initial reaction was one of pride in our staff’s commitment to the right work for our students,” said WHS Principal David Stephenson.
The school’s successful implementation of PLC’s was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students. PLC’s are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:
1. Focus on learning. 2. Build a collaborative culture. 3. Create a results orientation.
“Almost exactly one year ago today, our guiding coalition recommended we begin the process of applying for this recognition,” said Principal Stephenson. “Once established as a priority, the process moved through the spring and summer with the gathering of data and the building of a strong narrative that described the commitment to learning, collaboration, and results at Woodland. Initially recognized as a school of promise last fall, we continued to focus on a culture of learning and maximizing results in our learners. A comprehensive and targeted professional learning program for teachers, a major expansion of Advanced Placement success, scheduling learners that supports essentials skills in math and reading, and programs to promote improved attendance and student behaviors all contributed to earning the Model PLC designation just a few months later.”
Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture, and then submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.
“Our guiding coalition and staff will continue to focus on improving results,” added Principal Stephenson. “We are committed to ALL Wildcats being on grade level in math and ELA when they graduate, and we will continue to build relationships with our students and community through fine arts, athletics, school spirit, and recognizing both students and staff for their great work.”
WHS, Adairsville High School, Allatoona Elementary School, Kingston Elementary School, Mission Road Elementary School, Adairsville Elementary School, Euharlee Elementary School, Clear Creek Elementary School, Pine Log Elementary School, Emerson Elementary School, Cass Middle School, Adairsville Middle School, Cloverleaf Elementary School, and White Elementary School now join the Bartow County School System as they celebrate Model PLC School and Model PLC District status.