Professional Learning Communities

Teacher Planning Day

The Teacher Planning Days provide critical time for school wide PLCs to collaborate together and make informed instructional decisions for our students.  We are appreciative of the commitment from the Bullitt County Board of Education to support this effort by providing the additional time needed for our faculty to plan, analyze and design enrichment and remediation plans for our students.

Professional Learning Communities

MES encompasses the philosophy of creating stronger, better organized and smooth functioning Professional Learning Communities.  A Professional Learning Community follows the idea of shared leadership, shared decision making and shared responsibility for students.  Each Tuesday our teachers meet in grade level groups to discuss and problem solve issues with curriculum, assessment and student achievement.  PLCs have been a crucial component of how we respond to children who need interventions and students who need enrichment.

What is a Professional Learning Community?

The premise behind Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) is to recognize the experts among us.  It involves regular team meetings where teachers work together to find lessons to teach concepts.  It encourages the best of what we already know.

These meetings are not your typical planning time.  PLCs are formal meetings where teachers focus on the details of their lessons and adjust them on the basis of assessment results.  They're simply teachers coming together to find better strategies or lessons on how to teach skills.  The end result is standard based lessons and assessments created by teachers.

Professional Learning Communities Encourage a Shift in our Thinking...

  • From a focus on independence to a focus on interdependence
  • From a focus on what is taught to a focus on what is learned
  • From covering content to demonstrating proficiency
  • From infrequent summative assessments to frequent common formative assessments
  • From individual teacher assessments to assessments created through collaboration
  • From remediation to intervention
  • From optional outside tutoring to required direct support during the school day


Maryville Elementary Norms


"We the teachers and staff at Maryville Elementary hold these norms as the guidelines in which we will operate on a daily basis.  We believe that dedicating ourselves to these norms will not only positively influence us as a staff, but will make a difference in the lives of our students, and enhance the community."

  1.  Engage in positive and proactive conversations
  2. Maintain a strong belief that what you do has a powerful impact on students' lives
  3. Participate in joint ownership to ensure learning of ALL students
  4. Promote acceptance, commitment and appreciation of one anothers' ideas and time
  5. Reflect on data to improve teaching and learning practices