PLC Late-Start Wednesdays
What is a PLC?
Professional Learning Communities (PLC) foster ongoing, collaborative, data-driven, professional development. They allow time for teachers to collaborate in teams to analyze data, focus on student learning challenges, and improve instruction.
Why is Lubbock ISD making this change?
These late start days will allow teachers to meet with their PLCs to discuss strategies to make the education process more rigorous and relevant for students. High school campuses have not had PLCs for the last two years and this time is critical for teachers to share best practices, review data and discuss strategies to help students learn better.
Why does Lubbock ISD have PLCs?
Professional Learning Communities are proven to increase student achievement and are commonly used in school districts locally and across the nation.
Why do teachers need PLC time to collaborate?
This is the only time teachers of the same course can meet in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to provide a common experience for students, regardless of the teacher they are assigned. Teachers discuss what content and skills students need to know for a particular unit. They create common assessments to determine if students have mastered those essential skills. They design interventions to help students who need additional support, and they design enrichment opportunities for students who already have an understanding of certain concepts.
Why can't teachers collaborate outside of school hours?
While our teachers choose to take advantage of many professional learning opportunities after school hours, it is not possible to require teachers to meet before or after school. In addition to the teacher contract, a great number of high school teachers have additional responsibilities outside of school hours. Before school, we have zero-hour classes, AP labs, and student help sessions. After school, we have a variety of activities and sports that keep teachers busy coaching and helping students. It would not be possible to get all teachers of the same course together with the myriad of conflicts that occur before and after school.
Did Lubbock ISD consider the needs of families when discussing this change?
Yes. A survey to collect feedback from families was distributed in May and the results can be viewed on our website.
Why was Wednesday chosen as the late-start day?
Wednesdays were chosen because they frequently have fewer extracurricular events than other days of the week.
How does this change impact...
- On Wednesdays, breakfast will be served from 8:20-8:55 a.m.
- Buses will run on a 45-minute delay for Coronado, Estacado, Lubbock High, and Monterey. Talkington buses will run on their regular schedule.
- Coaches and teachers of extracurricular activities will provide specific communication to families from each respective program.
What are the campus expectations for students who arrive early on late start Wednesdays?
Students will be assigned to a designated location where they can receive breakfast and participate in study hall. Supervision will be provided by non-instructional positions, and students will adhere to PBIS expectations, just as they do in a regular school day. Students who participate in athletics, fine arts, or other extracurricular activities before school will receive information from the coaches and teachers for their individual programs.
What if I have additional questions?
Please contact your child's high school campus for answers to any additional questions you may have.