Instructional Planning Days Explained
In the Clear Creek Independent School District, teachers are provided time within the school day and the school year to plan engaging lessons for your child. If you have walked into a classroom today, you will quickly realize that learning is not the way it was back when parents were in school. Teachers utilize real-time data to personalize learning for students. While there is a scope and sequence to progress through the curriculum in an academic year, CCISD relies on a teacher-team approach to adjust, accelerate, or slow down lessons to ensure students are truly learning content, not just consuming it.
This is accomplished through Professional Learning Communities or PLCs. In PLCs, a team of teachers work together to answer the following questions and use these answers to design lessons.
- What do we want our students to know and be able to do?
- How will we know if each student has learned it?
- How will we respond when some students do not learn it?
- How will we extend the learning for students who have demonstrated proficiency?
For this team approach to be effective and powerful, the school district has designated “Instructional Planning Days” throughout the school year. This time is to allow PLCs to meet as well as give educators time to implement the work that is determined through the PLC.
There is no professional learning or district-required training happening these days. These days are truly what our teachers have asked for so they can best serve students’ needs and grow as educators. View Instructional Planning Days in the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar.
Listen to teachers explain the power of PLCs.