Meeting Agenda and Purpose Clearly Stated
In order to focus and maximize the meeting time, an agenda and purpose will be set and clearly communicated to the PLC team prior to it beginning. The topic will have been selected and the proper process, protocol, or structure for the meeting will be established. The agenda will be kept brief, only one or two topics or questions per 30 minutes of meeting time, and it will be shared in advance so all ProSubs can prepare for meaningful collaboration and contribution. All meetings will start and end on time.
Questions such as the following (but not limited to) will guide agenda development:
1) What do you we need to do during this meeting?
2) What problem needs to be solved?
3) What decisions need to be made?
4) What new ideas need to be discussed?
5) Is there a pedagogical successes or challenge to be shared?
Meetings will be Fair and Productive
Every meeting will be a positive experience and will utilize protocols and processes to ensure all voices are heard and that discussion stays focused and productive. Meeting norms will be set outlining clear expectations and will be used as a tool to reflect and grow our communication and collaboration skills together. Equity and inclusivity in all discussions are a priority.
A digital “parking lot” will be provided for every meeting to put on hold any off-topic or emergent questions that are outside of the agenda or purpose of the meeting. All questions and topics are important, they add value to the growth and development of all members, and will be addressed either during a Q&A session or privately as appropriate.
Participants will Be Present
If there is ever a time to be fully present and aware, this is it. The time you spend with the PLC community is sacred and should be respected. You will need all of your collective mental energy to be fully present and responsive. This meeting is not meant to be a passive 'getting' of information. Active participation is expected to fully capitalize on the learning time to quickly advance your skills, expertise, and effectiveness.
Participants will Be Courageous
The status quo has a powerful gravitational pull, and change, even when well-intentioned and seemingly small-scale, calls for courage. Choose to be intentional about how you will get the most learning from these meetings. Limit your focus to the important issues on the agenda. Demand of yourself to stay respectfully engaged. These professional and personal expectations will fully require courage.