CARSON CITY, Nev. - Receiving direction from the 2015 Legislature, the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) is spearheading an effort to develop Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to help principals develop effective strategies at underperforming schools in the state.
"Governor Sandoval and Nevada's Legislature sent a clear message during the last session that our schools that are struggling need strong leadership," said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction. "Through a series of workshops, we're ensuring that best practices are being used by our principals so that they can be most effective in addressing the most pressing needs of their schools."
The Department of Education has responded to SB 515 by creating a series of Leadership Network seminars to help school principals' transition from management personnel to instructional leaders through the implementation of a PLC. The goals of the PLC are a relentless focus on learning for every student, a collaborative culture to support adult and student learning and results orientation to drive continuous improvement.
"Research shows that when teachers work together they sharpen their pedagogy by sharing specific instructional strategies for teaching more effectively and deepen their content knowledge by identifying the specific standards students must master," said Maria Sauter, who administers the Leadership Network for NDE.
NDE's first Leadership Network in June attracted 72 principals, district and school leaders from 10 counties and 41 schools in Nevada who worked together to build their capacity around developing PLCs. They will meet three more times throughout the 2016-17 school year to increase their knowledge of PLCs, gaining tools and protocols to assist in implementation and to problem-solve barriers they encounter. The next workshop is slated for November 3 at the Peppermill Hotel in Reno.
For more information, contact Sauter at MSauter@doe.nv.gov or 775-687-9248.