Millville Elementary School was one of six schools in Utah to receive the Natioanl Professional Learning Commmunity (PLC) School Recognition. The award title might be a mouthful, but what it really means is that teachers are working together in order to give students a better education. Millville Elementary School Principal Maria Nielsen said, “When teachers collaborate together, it’s so powerful. Instead of having one person in isolation in a classroom making decisions for 30 students, you now have four people together, generating ideas, coming up with best practices, looking at students across a grade level and making decisions in the best interest of all students. So it’s no longer my students and your students; it’s our students.” The school was recognized at the Cache County School District Board of Education meeting Thursday night. Four years ago administration restructured the school’s schedule in an effort to improve communication in the school. Special classes – like gym, where students learn from a specialized teacher other than their regular teacher – are scheduled so that every teacher in a grade level has preparation time at the same time. Teachers also meet every Friday at 7:30 a.m. in order to collaborate. This way, teachers can get together, talk about students and curriculum and work together to help every child in that grade. The school also sends weekly communications home to parents, letting them know about their child’s progress and what they can do to help their child learn after school. Nielsen said the district gave Millville Elementary the support they needed in order to make this collaboration successful. She also said the teachers and the school’s climate are what get her up in the morning to go to work. “I think when people walk through the front doors of Millville Elementary, they feel something different there,” she said. “I think it’s that sense of family, that sense of community, they way teachers care about their students and want them to be successful. I think that’s what sets us apart.” – email@example.com
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