Professional Learning Communities

In Lakeland Catholic Schools and at Ecole Dr. Brosseau School we are lucky to have 18 early dismissal Wednesdays set aside for Teacher Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).  These PLCs focus on the improvement of your child's instruction.  This early dismissal does not detract from the mandated 950 hours of instruction that students in elementary/middle schools in Alberta are required to complete during the year.

 

What do teachers do during these PLCs?

 

A good analogy about improving instruction would be that, just as information techniques and methods in the medical field are always changing so is the education field.  We would not want our doctors to be using the same practices and technology from decades gone by, similarly, teachers can no longer teach in exactly the same manner as they would have when they were students.  Certainly good teaching is good teaching, however, technology is changing our world and the way students learn. Dr. Brosseau teachers place an importance on ensuring students are engaged and that “learning is the work” for both teachers and students at our school.

 

I hope that you appreciate that this early dismissal Wednesday time is not about “more time off for teachers”, but rather about improving instruction and improving our world by creating good citizens who can learn how to learn.

 

This is in line with our school mission statement:

At Ecole Dr. Brosseau School … our Mission is to … ensure that our students are given opportunities each day to be challenged academically. Our students will develop skills to make morally intelligent decisions in a Christ filled atmosphere where children feel safe, cared for and accepted.

For more information please see our PLC Brochure  PLC Brochure