Last school year, then-Oak Ridge Principal Kevin Buscemi and his team applied to be recognized as a Model Professional Learning Community. Last month, Mr. Buscemi, who now serves as the District’s Recruitment and Retainment Coordinator, was notified that Oak Ridge was one of only approximately 200 schools in the U.S. and Canada to receive this honor!
Mr. Buscemi, Mrs. Stephanie Johnson, Mrs. Jessica Mycyk, Mrs. Shadia Salem, Mrs. Carrie Stacy, and Superintendent, Dr. Jeannie Stachowiak, joined one of the representatives from Solution Tree at Oak Ridge Friday morning to surprise the staff with this incredible accomplishment.
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:
- Focus on learning
- Build a collaborative culture
- Create a results orientation
According to the Champions of PLC at Work®, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”
Congratulations to Oak Ridge School! Professional Learning Communities are one of the keys to our success and an integral part of our Strategic Plan. All the awards we receive in NPD117 connect back to the opportunities we provide our students and, in turn, their successes. Congratulations to the staff, students, families, and the entire Oak Ridge learning community.
Dr. Jeannie Stachowiak