Minnieville Elementary recognized for being a model Professional Learning Community
Posted on 02/22/2019
Minnieville ES principal and staff with blue sign PLC At Work

Minnieville Elementary School has been awarded the international 2019 DuFour Award by Solution Tree. The recognition also comes with a check for $25,000.

“We are truly humbled and honored to be recognized for this award,” Principal Nathaniel Provencio shared. “In 2010, I began this journey with Minnieville and we have worked very hard to focus on the essential frameworks of Professional Learning Communities. We have kept a strong focus on learning, collaboration and results in every aspect of our planning and used this focus to grow as a school every year. We hope this award gives hope to culturally diverse and economically challenged schools like ours. We firmly believe that strong PLC cultures can dramatically improve schools across the globe.”

Solution Tree is an educational publisher and professional development provider. Among the programs they offer is the Professional Learning Communities at Work®, better known as PLC. In a PLC school, educators work together in instructional decision-making, creating instructional plans, assessing implementation of these plans and developing academic and behavior interventions for students. Grade level teams meet at least three times a week, while ESOL teachers, special education teachers and encore teachers (art, music, physical education, library and technology) also collaborate.

According to the press release by Solution Tree, the DuFour award is named in honor of Dr. Richard DuFour, a champion of the Professional Learning Communities at Work® process who had an extensive career in education as a teacher, principal and superintendent.

To qualify for the award, a school must first be recognized as a Model PLC demonstrating exceptional levels of student achievement. The application required schools to submit an essay and a video.

“From a field of very qualified and dedicated applicants, we selected Minnieville Elementary School, to recognize their achievement, their overall performance, and most of all their improvement over the past nine years, through the successful implementation of the professional learning communities process,” said Tom Many, DuFour Award Committee chairman.

Provencio, Assistant Principal Deborah Ellis, Ashley Dunnaway, first-grade teacher, Adrienne Wiggins, third-grade teacher, and Reading Specialist Ashley Hoyle were guests at the Summit on PLC at Work® in Phoenix, Arizona where they were honored with the award.

Take a look at Minnieville Elementary’s video submission to learn more about their success as a PLC school.