Presentation Materials: Solution Tree #atplc Institute

Over the two weeks, I’ll be working alongside the super motivated educators at Solution Tree’s PLC Institute in Minneapolis and Pasadena.  The goal for most of the participants will be to find ways to polish their collaborative practices in order to help kids learn.  Together, teams from individual schools will study everything from the core beliefs that support learning communities to the nuts and bolts of making effective collaboration possible.

I’ll be delivering three different breakout sessions at the Institutes.  Here are the materials for each session.  Hope you find them useful:

Small Schools and Singletons:  Structuring Meaningful Professional Learning Teams for Every Teacher

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The PLC concept resonates with most educators, but making collaborative learning work in small schools or for singleton teachers can be challenging.  In this session, participants will explore four different models for creating meaningful professional learning teams for singletons and teachers in small schools:  The creation of vertical teams studying skills that cross content areas, designing class loads that allow teachers to teach the same subjects, using electronic tools to pair teachers with peers working in the same subject area, and using student work behaviors as an area of focus for nontraditional learning teams.

Plug Us In:  Using Digital Tools to Facilitate the Work of PLCs

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For professional learning teams, collaboration can be nothing short of demanding.  Developing – and then organizing – collections of shared materials, making important decisions, and communicating with colleagues across grade levels and departments often requires additional time that classroom teachers just don’t have.

As a result, many teachers question whether or not the costs of coordination outweigh the benefits of collaboration in Professional Learning Communities.  In this session, full-time classroom teacher and Solution Tree author Bill Ferriter introduces participants to a range of free digital tools that 21st Century learning teams are using to make their collective work more efficient – and therefore, more rewarding.

We’re Meeting.  Now What?:  A Look Inside a Learning Team

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For teachers on novice learning teams, collaborative meetings can be nothing short of overwhelming!  Not used to making collective decisions, teachers can struggle to organize their early work together and begin to question the benefit of a school’s decision to restructure as a professional learning community.  In this session, full-time classroom teacher and Solution Tree author Bill Ferriter explores the kinds of actions that successful learning teams take to make the most of their time together.

You can also find my PLC related posts on the Radical here and download a TON of free handouts from my PLC books here and here



Related Radical Reads:

The Power of PLCs

Five Resources for School Leaders Starting PLCs from Scratch

These are OUR Kids

6 thoughts on “Presentation Materials: Solution Tree #atplc Institute

  1. Sharon K. Jeffrey

    Hi Bill~
    We greatly enjoyed your presentation. You asked us to email you and we don’t have it. Would you please email us the Laying the Collaborative Foundation at
    Thank you so very much!!!!
    Sharon K. Jeffrey

  2. Matt Townsley

    You rock, Bill! I plan to share snippets of these handouts with staff in my district. I am amazed at how much more developed the “singleton story” is in 2013 compared to my first PLC conference in 2011. Thanks for posting these resources for all of us to consume.

    Here’s to hoping our paths cross someday…

    1. Bill Ferriter Post author

      Thanks for the kind words, Matt — and let me know if I can help you with anything. You know I’m always willing. And no joke — we really DO need to meet in person someday.

      I think I’m going to make a trip up to the Twins’ Ballpark in honor of Russ while I’m here. There’s no game, but I figure that’s a noble way to honor him.

      Rock on,

        1. Bill Ferriter Post author

          No joke, Russ: I even went to Twins Stadium last night in honor of you! No team in town, but figured I had to stop by your team’s home field.

          Rock on,

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