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PLCs and accountability

The Dec 2106/Jan 2107 issue of (Phi Delta) Kappan includes an article by Lois Brown Easton titled Strategic Accountability is Key to Making PLCs Effective, [98(4), pp 43- 48].

From page 44: “Strategic accountability for PLCs is a highly nuanced approach to professional learning. Strategic accountability leads to actions that make a difference for student learning.”

The article discusses:

  • why should PLCs be accountable
  • to whom should they be accountable
  • for what they should be accountable
  • how they should be accountable
  • designing accountability

TDSB teachers may contact the library to request a copy of this article, (416) 395-8289 or


March 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

U.S. Report:English learners require better support

The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine  has released [news release] a new report titled Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English:  Promising Futures (2017) – it can be downloaded but you need to create an account. 

Description: “Educating dual language learners (DLLs) and English learners (ELs) effectively is a national challenge with consequences both for individuals and for American society. Despite their linguistic, cognitive, and social potential, many ELs—who account for more than 9 percent of enrollment in grades K-12 in U.S. schools—are struggling to meet the requirements for academic success, and their prospects for success in postsecondary education and in the workforce are jeopardized as a result.”

From the news release: “It can take from five to seven years for a child who initially has no or limited proficiency in English to learn the English necessary for participation in the school’s curriculum without further linguistic support, the report says.  Secondary schools continue to fail to meet the diverse needs of long-term ELs — typically students who have not been reclassified as English-proficient after seven years — including their linguistic, academic, and socio-emotional needs.”

Check it out! Rowan

March 7, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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