District Meets Strict Criteria to Earn Model PLC Designation

Assistant District 2 Superintendent Mitch Craft explains criteria that earned the district a National Model PLC District designation. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)
Assistant District 2 Superintendent Mitch Craft explains criteria that earned the district a National Model PLC District designation. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)

A school or school district has to meet fairly stringent criteria in order to earn a National Model PLC designation.

Mitch Craft, who's an assistant superintendent for Sheridan County School District 2, outlined the requirements that the district had to meet in order to receive that distinction.

Second, Craft said, the district was asked to describe in detail a PLC story and describe how student learning is monitored on a timely basis, how the district provides systems of support for students who need extra help and how the district helps its teachers become better at what they do and improve their collaborative work.

The district or school is also asked to submit any awards or accolades it's received along with the application.

Craft said although National Model PLC schools have been recognized for about a decade, the National Model PLC award for districts has only been around for the last year or so.

He said District 2 submitted an application for the honor in late 2018, but announcement that School District 2 is, indeed, a National Model PLC District wasn't made until earlier this month.

Craft said the designation is determined by a panel of evaluators, all of whom are leaders – usually school principals and administrators – who have themselves achieved the National Model PLC distinction.

PLC stands for “Professional Learning Communities.” Craft said PLC is both a way of thinking and a way of operating in which teachers collaborate with each other for the benefit of students.

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Craft, right, at meeting last year with District Superintendent Craig Dougherty. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)
Craft, right, at meeting last year with District Superintendent Craig Dougherty. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)
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