Professional Learning Communities
In the spring of 2016, the External Review, a component of AdvancED Performance Accreditation renewed its accreditation for the Bossier Parish Schools. A series of diagnostic instruments examined the impact of teaching and learning on student performance, the capacity of leadership to effect continuous improvement, and the degree to which our institution optimized its use of available resources to facilitate and support student success
Two recommendations were made that must be implemented:
Improvement Priority 1
Create a plan of action to provide common instructional leadership professional development for administrators in line with other system professional development so that the district vision is consistently shared with school leadership and school professional development aligns with system goals, while still allowing for differentiation for individual school needs.
Improvement Priority 2
Provide an adult advocacy program which partners each student with an adult mentor as recognized by the BPSD and the External Review Team.
What Have We Done Since?
We have embraced the PLC Model throughout our entire district. One of our middle schools, Benton Middle School, has been named the very first PLC middle school in the whole state of Louisiana! Other schools (Elementary) are on the way to become PLC schools too.
Bossier Schools are also restructuring their schedules to incorporate an adult advocacy program where each and every student has at least one adult to go to for any reason whatsoever, be it academic or social and emotional.