Vertical PLC Day

AGENDA:  October 18, AGENDA

LOCATIONS: Meet in the same locations as September (see below in yellow).  You will break up in grade level bands (K-1, 2-4, 5-7, 8-12).  You may wrap up your discussions as a K-12 group if necessary and plan what needs to be done prior to next Vertical Day in February.  If you feel you need an additional vertical day, please send Mr. Bednar an email.  

*The purple and blue portion of the 10/18 agenda may need to be discussed as a K-12 group.  

**To make this meeting run's important you establish a leader to get discussion going, stay on task and keep an eye on time (or someone just takes the lead).  

**Please keep vertical meeting to 60-75 minutes to respect teacher's time.   

1:3 September 20, 2023 AGENDA


2:3 October 18, 2023 AGENDA

K-1, 2-4, 5-7, 8-12

3:3 February 7, 2023


*We can schedule more if you need it!  



K-7  SOCIAL STUDIES in 3rd Grade Classroom, Cherie W. 

K-7 ELA is to meet in 3rd Grade Classroom , Laykin M

K-7 MATH is to meet in 3rd Grade Classroom, Tatum E

K-7 SCIENCE is to meet  in 3rd Grade Classroom, Amanda E. 

8-12 SOCIAL STUDIES is to meet in Mr. Allen's room @MJH

8-12 ELA is to meet in Mrs. Branch's room @MJH

8-12 MATH is to meet in Mrs. Lindsay's room @MJH

8-12 SCIENCE is to meet in Mr. Degnan's room @MJH 

K-12 SPED: October 18: SPED is meeting at ME Library 


K-12 PE is to meet in MJH Board Room. 

K-12 Art is to meet in Mrs. Peterman room

K-12 Music is to meet in HS Band/Choir Office

K-12 Counseling is to meet in Mrs. Joan Bass’s office @MJH 

K-12 Media/Library is to meet in SH Library

Industrial Tech/ Ag Ed, Business Ed, Foreign language meet in Mr. Vetrovsky’s Room



  • K-4 teachers will need to decide which PLC you will attend.  Each content area should have at least one representative from each grade level.  

  • Look over the below agenda to have an idea of what will be expected of you and your PLC.  Also, please look at the vertical reminders at the bottom.   

  • Plan on bringing a chromebook/surface/device with access to your essential learnings and other resources on the document vault at McCook Plc. You can also place your Vertical PLC notes in the vault for easy access later.  


  • Be engaged w/ discussion.  Add to your PLC.  Don't get fixated on problems...find solutions.   

  • Seek input from everyone. Assume best intentions. 

  • Write down things you didn’t get to discuss for next time. 

  • The yellow/green portion of the table below should help guide discussion.   


  • Have access to the notes from your vertical PLC so you can return to your regular PLC to update your team on meaningful information that was discussed.  

  • Keep these notes for the next grade level ban

Vertical plc reminders

Vertical conversations can strengthen the school as a system and can be a powerful vehicle for building a staircase of proficiency as students move from grade to grade.  Building upon the work of horizontal teams, vertical conversations promote a wide-angle view of student learning and further promote collective responsibility for the students within a school.  Vertically aligning our learning targets and identifying key gaps/overlaps is crucial in developing a guaranteed and viable curriculum.  

What evidence can the receiving team gather about student learning that could be helpful to the sending team? Precise and specific feedback is far more effective than generalities. The statement "These kids don’t know how to write" is not helpful. "Forty percent of the students struggle with making transitions between paragraphs" could be very helpful to a team focusing its efforts on ways to benefit students.

*It can be an easy trap to fall into the "These kids don't know_____".   Just a friendly reminder that Teacher TEAMS are working extremely hard.  It's not like the previous grade is sitting back and saying....welp, it's their problem next year.    Everyone is working hard...let's work together to make sure we are ALL working together!  

Collective Teacher Efficacy: (1.57) refers to a staff’s shared belief that through their collective action, they can positively influence student outcomes, including those who are disengaged and/or disadvantaged. Educators with high efficacy show greater effort and persistence, a willingness to try new teaching approaches, set more challenging goals, and attend more closely to the needs of students who require extra assistance. In addition, when collective efficacy is present, staffs are better equipped to foster positive behaviour in students and in raising students’ expectations of themselves by convincing them that they can do well in school.

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