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Hello, welcome, and congratulations on completing this unit on site-based initiatives. We certainly covered a great deal of material throughout the series. And now it's time to take a quick look back at some of the key concepts from this unit.

A look back on the learning objectives of this unit will reveal that collaboration, alignment, and reflection are elements that make their way throughout the individual lessons. They are practices that play key roles in many aspects of professional learning communities.

We opened the unit by introducing the many theories that have paved the way for site-based management in schools, and the formation of professional learning communities. For example, Stephen Brookfield's critical thinking theory. His work is important to consider because of the amount of decision-making in our field. We often have to examine our own personal beliefs and values.

We also looked at how to develop a mission, vision, and goals. And as equally important is the alignment of one another. For a PLC to thrive, these three components must be written, rewritten, and revised. These steps should take place collaboratively in order to include the voice of the many stakeholders that are involved.

We also talked about how by establishing norms, meetings and workshops become far more productive and pleasant. As adult learners, we know what needs to be done. However, oftentimes the challenge is in getting the group of well-intentioned individuals to work collaboratively. Norms level the playing field and really create an opportunity for all voices to be heard.

You learned that the to-dos lie within the action plans and SMART goals. Again, like in other pieces of site-based management, it's important to do this step collaboratively.

Obviously, reflection usually comes at the end of any process, practice, or initiative. But that certainly doesn't mean it's least important. Time for reflection needs to be included as an essential, not optional, piece of any learning process.

I hope this unit has inspired you to continue to work collaboratively, creatively, and to think critically. Being part of a true PLC has had a profound impact on me professionally, and personally as well. I hope you are able to experience the benefits of these practices also.

Now that you've completed this unit, it's time to take action. We covered many aspects of a PLC. If you haven't done so, go back and take advantage of the additional resources that are associated with each lesson.

Thanks so much for watching. We'll see you next time.

Notes on "Summary of 'Plan Site-Based Initiatives'"

(00:00-00:13) Intro

(00:14-00:29) Big Picture

(00:30-00:50) Theories

(00:51-01:09) Mission, Vision, Goals

(01:10-01:30) Norms

(01:31-01:43) Action Plans & SMART Goals

(01:44-01:59) Reflection

(02:00-02:33) Summary/Food For Thought