Jonathan G. Vander Els

Jonathan G. Vander Els is principal of Memorial Elementary School in New Hampshire. A former assistant principal and teacher, he has helped the school earn national recognition as a model PLC.
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PLC as a school's foundation

Professional Learning Communities as the Foundation of a Competency-Based Educational System

Categories: PLC

The commitment of our district, the Sanborn Regional School District in New Hampshire, to build highly functioning Professional Learning Communities within each school has been the driving force behind the significant changes that have taken place in Sanborn over the past five-plus years. Professional Learning Communities are the foundation for any of the work we have been engaged in during this time. Our success in implementing a competency-based educational system within our district is evidence of this PLC work, and would not be as successful without our interdependent teams working together as they have.

At Sanborn, we have applied the 4 Critical Questions for Consideration to guide our work around competencies within our schools.  Throughout our journey, these four questions have assisted us in ensuring we are providing appropriate and meaningful opportunities for all of our students to demonstrate competency.

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