TOMBALL — Oakcrest Intermediate School becomes the fourth Tomball ISD campus to be recognized by Solution Tree as a Model PLC School for their sustained success in raising student achievement. The school’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.
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.
"It is an honor to be recognized as a PLC Model School,” OIS Principal Dr. George Flores said. “The staff at OIS has fully committed to a culture of continuous improvement and results orientation over the past 5 years. The PLC journey is rooted in the foundation and commitment from the faculty for high levels of learning for all students."
Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.
“The journey as a professional learning community began long before the doors to Oakcrest opened in August 2015,” said School Support Officer and former OIS Principal Dr. Lee Wright said. “The visionary and innovative staff that for five years put in the focused collaborative work as a PLC laid the groundwork for this well-deserved recognition. Through incredible enrollment growth and staff additions that doubled the size of the campus by 2020, and even through leadership change, the focus has remained the same – a relentless focus on learning for all students.”
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.”
Recognized model PLC schools are listed on allthingsplc.info, where they share implementation strategies, structures, and performance with other educators interested in improving their schools. Tools for team collaboration, articles and research about PLCs, blog posts, and other related resources are also available on the site. The site was developed and is maintained by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance. For more than 20 years, Solution Tree resources have helped K–12 teachers and administrators create schools where all children succeed.
Oakcrest Intermediate becomes the fourth Tomball ISD campus to be named a PLC Model School, joining Creekview Elementary, Tomball Junior High and Canyon Pointe Elementary.
ABOUT TOMBALL ISD
Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 18,000 students at 21 campuses.