Professional Learning Communities Encourage Collaboration

JS Morton High School District 201 superintendent Michael Kuzniewski has a wealth of experience molding Advanced Placement, mentoring, and professional development programs. In addition, Michael Kuzniewski played an integral role in creating and implementing Preparing for the Academic Success of All Students (PASAS), which leverages the professional learning community (PLC) model to enhance processes and team collaboration.

Fostering collaborative learning environments, the PLC model encourages collective creativity, shared leadership and personal practices, and supportive conditions. Together, these practices establish an ideal setting for students to grow academically. Proper integration also reduces isolation among teachers, making it easier to achieve common goals.

When creating a professional learning community, school administrators must take into consideration the significant challenges involved, such as developing a PLC environment. Simply having a goal to become one, with workshops to support the mission, is not enough. Creating a PLC takes time to achieve because it focuses on continuous growth and improvement.

Progression toward a sustainable PLC involves helping staff and faculty realize the importance of collaboration. In action, this can involve regular meetings among staff to discuss problematic areas and determine how to alleviate issues. This approach makes all parties accountable and eliminates the need to place professional development responsibility solely on one person.

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Rotary International Holds 2015 Convention

Since 2010, Michael Kuzniewski has served as superintendent of J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 in Cicero, Illinois. Outside of his professional pursuits, Michael Kuzniewski works closely with several community groups, including his local Rotary Club.

Recently, more than 14,500 Rotary members from over 150 countries gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 2015 Rotary International Convention. The four-day event, which took place June 6-9 at the Anhembi Convention Center, gave attendees the opportunity to form partnerships with other Rotary members, celebrate Rotary’s recent successes, and learn about new Rotarian projects.

In addition to networking and learning activities, the 2015 Rotary Convention included presentations from several renowned speakers, including Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and the former president of Costa Rica. The event wrapped up with a speech from Rotary International president K.R. Rivindran and a performance featuring Brazilian pop singer Ivete Sangalo.

Following the success of the 2015 Rotary International Convention, Rotary organizers are already busy planning next year’s event, taking place May 28-June 1, 2016, in Seoul, South Korea. For more information, visit http://www.rotary.org.