PLC Improvement Goal of Educator

Education professional Dr. Thomas Many conducts one of Thursday's break-out sessions. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Educator Dr. Casey Reason talked about the standard education model and a goal of improving professional learning communities during his keynote talk at Sheridan College Thursday morning.

Dr. Reason spoke during the second day of Sheridan County School District 2's PLC Institute, which is being attended by more than 250 teachers from across Wyoming and Montana.

He told the teachers in the audience that how they think about their jobs is really important.

He said teaching historically has been based on a concept of time as the ultimate measure, deliberate isolation of teachers, top-down management, conformity over creativity and a culture of control. The concept of professional learning communities, he said, is the antithesis of that model.

School District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty, who introduced Reason, had news for teachers about professional learning communities statewide.

Dougherty urged teachers in the audience to express support for the plan.

Reason's keynote speech was followed by another round of breakout sessions and a celebration that started at 7 p.m. Thursday featuring music by the Craft Brothers.

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Thursday's keynote speaker, Dr. Casey Reason. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The Craft Brothers entertain at Thursday night's party. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of Thursday night's audience at the party. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Teachers visit with each other at the party Thursday night. (Photo by Pat Blair)