Northeast Elementary Receives Special Recognition

Northeast Elementary Receives Special Recognition
Posted on 12/01/2022
Northeast Elementary was recently recognized by Solution Tree as a Model Professional Learning Community (PLC) at Work®  for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The school’s successful implementation of the PLC at Work process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.

Model PLC Schools are some of the highest-performing schools around the world, and Northeast Elementary is one of only 200 schools and districts in the U.S. and Canada to receive Model PLC recognition. To qualify as a Model PLC, a school must demonstrate a commitment to PLC at Work® concepts, which include: (1) focus on learning, (2) collaborative culture, and (3) results-orientated. 

Responding to news of the recognition, Northeast Elementary Principal Kara Tidemann said, “We are honored to receive this distinction. Our team’s commitment to functioning as a professional learning community has improved our ability to serve and support the success of our learners.”   

Over the last three and a half years, Northeast has committed to these three concepts and redesigned how they function as collaborative teams. They identified what students must know and be able to do at each grade level, developed Intervention protocols, and redesigned their master schedule to build in dedicated time to support intervention and extension at each grade level.

Collaborative effort has had significant positive impact to school culture, deepening connections across staff as they engage in the power of a high-functioning professional learning community. Northeast’s collective commitment to this work supports, strengthens, and advances their students' learning and success.
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