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The Bartow County College and Career Academy becomes the 17th Bartow County school to be named a Model Professional Learning Community for its sustained success in raising student achievement!

It was so exciting,” said BCCCA Principal Greg Doss. “I could not wait to share the news!”

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.

“It was a process over the past few years to improve our process,” said Principal Doss. “It took effort from the entire staff and their commitment to the focus on learning, collaboration, and results. The guiding coalition was instrumental in being hyper focused on a guaranteed and viable curriculum. I would like to share a special thank you to Stephanie Foy for her fortitude in collecting all the data to tell our story.”

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.

“Next steps will be to celebrate with the staff on their accomplishment,” said Principal Doss. “We are also celebrating the upcoming opening of Pre-k and Early Childhood Education programs at the Academy. Also, next year, we will be focused on becoming a STEM Provider, creating a STEM innovation center, and launching esports.”

The BCCCA, Red Top Middle School, Cass High School, Woodland High School, 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.