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Pulaski Community School District recognized

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Jean Burnstine of Solution Tree, left, hoists the PLC flag along with PCSD Superintendent Allison Space during the Welcome Back ceremony for PCSD staff during which the PLC honor was announced. Submitted photos

By Bob Van Enkenvoort

Contributing Writer

PULASKI – The Pulaski Community School District (PCSD) was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement.

PCSD’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Work process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.

PLCs 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: focus on learning; build a collaborative culture; and create a results orientation.

Responding to news of the recognition, PCSD Superintendent Allison Space said, “the distinction of Model District speaks to the intentional work done every day by our staff. We are honored to be part of this work ensuring students are learning at high levels at all times. Being on the PLC journey is definitely a marathon, we certainly have not completed it, but we know we are on the right track.”

Award ceremony
Members of PCSD teacher collaboration teams, guiding coalitions (leadership teams), and school-wide intervention teams gathered on stage to celebrate the news that the PCSD was named as a model PLC Community.

During the award presentation held Tuesday, Aug. 22, during the Welcome Back to School Session for all staff in PCSD, Joe Cuddemi, Solution Tree associate, said, “The PLC at Work framework embraces the best practices in our profession, and while many districts across the country attempt to implement this process, it is very difficult to deal with distractions and remove excuses in order to focus on the right work and stay the course.”

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.

Cuddemi has worked with the district the past three years on its PLC journey supporting the learning leaders, guiding coalitions, school-wide intervention teams, and overall teaching staff at the seven schools and district-level.

“Working with the Pulaski educators was truly an honor. From the boardroom to the classroom, Pulaski educators continuously demonstrated an unwavering commitment to work together in order to improve the results for the students they serve,” he said.

To learn more, visit www.allthingsplc.info/evidence/details/id,2206.

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