WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- Two Lexington Two middle schools were among just five statewide, and among only 444 across the nation, to be recognized as Model Professional Learning Community Schools.
Fulmer Middle School and Busbee Creative Arts Academy received the recognition from Solution Tree. Professional Learning Communities, or PLCs, are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is ongoing, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. PLC schools focus on learning and building a collaborative and results-focused culture. The recognition is based on observations and data over a three-year period, with clear evidence of improved student growth.
“The greatest part about this recognition for our schools is that they were not working for recognition. They were deeply committed to the learning and growth of their students,” Lexington Two Superintendent Dr. Brenda Hafner said. “This focus on their students' growth is school-wide and permeates throughout each building. This is a recognition of the passion and dedication these staffs bring to their students every day.”
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.”
Faculty and staff from both schools were surprised with the news during a recent inservice learning day.