Al Ittihad Private School Al Mamzar is a Professional Learning Community (PLC) and, as such we live by the philosophy that underpins the PLC that is, collaboration, action research and action resulting in meaningful impact to learning and teaching.
We focus on the ‘three big ideas’ of the PLC namely:
• Focus on Learning - We accept learning as the fundamental purpose of our school and therefore are willing to examine all practices in light of their impact on learning.
• Collaborative Culture - We are committed to working together interdependently to achieve our collective goals, for which, we are mutually accountable. We continue to cultivate a collaborative culture through development of high performing teams.
• Results Oriented - We assess our effectiveness on the basis of results rather than intentions. Individuals, teams, and schools seek relevant data and information and use that information to promote continuous improvement.
“The fundamental purpose of school is learning, not teaching.”
― Richard DuFour ―
Ms. Farah Sayed
Our Professional Learning Community is a group of individuals from different sections.
We are committed to work collaboratively in order to set smart goals to help improve our assessments and ensure that they are valid and reliable in order to reduce the gap between our internal and external data.
We are all aware that our main goal is to become data driven and make use of the data extracted from our external assessment such as the MAP NWEA Test and the Cognitive Ability test (CAT4) to draw useful insights, to drive our decisions and plans, to respond to problems more effectively, and construct new teaching methods.
A key component to our success is creating and committing to meeting norms. We agree to collaborate and not compete. It is important to emphasize that we are all in this together. We all have to share our knowledge and expertise. When one of us looks good, everyone looks good! We all have a shared Mission, a shared Vision, and shared Values . We participate openly and listen actively. We are all engaged in the discussion. We plan our agendas carefully so that each component is of great interest to all of us, and everyone has an active role. We all accept that it’s OK to be uncomfortable for the purpose of learning. And we disagree with respect. We always share ideas, success, and frustrations. All the members are actively involved in gathering data from the different sections and for all the subjects in order to identify strengths and pinpoint weaknesses. We are all involved in developing a plan for improvement after setting our SMART GOALS. We work collaboratively on closing the achievement gap.
Personally, being part of this PLC is helping me build stronger relationships with my colleagues. I can see the benefits of collaborating to enhance the learning experiences of the students.
Ms. Farah Sayed
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