Presenters: Stephanie Kelso, Marcie Beard
District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Hosted by: Cambridge Assessment
Many schools in districts offer similar programs for students, such as Cambridge, IB, AP Capstone, or Career and Technical Education pathways. These programs have standards and specializations that require professional development and further learning on the part of teachers. Unfortunately, many of these courses have only one teacher per school. Teachers plan in isolation which can be challenging for the teacher as well as limiting for students in the program. Charlotte Mecklenburg School District (CMS) has utilized Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for many years to support collaboration among school content teams. As a result of the pandemic, we expanded this model to create content PLCs across multiple schools for Cambridge AICE courses. This helped to bridge gaps for schools, support teachers, create alignment, provided consistency, and supported rigor for our students. This was accomplished while still looking at the individual needs of students and schools. In this session, learn how CMS is utilizing this virtual model for the 2021-2022 school year and beyond. This session will look at how content PLCs are being used for Cambridge courses, and how this same model can be applied and used by educators with other programs to raise student achievement.