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Lomax Middle School and Rayburn High School earned international Model PLCs

Jackson Cutler

HOUSTON, TX – Sam Rayburn High School and Carter Lomax Middle School were recently named international Model Professional Learning Communities at Work or PLCs by Solution Tree. To commemorate the new status, they held celebrations at their campuses on August 12. Each campus obtained a Model PLC flag and a certificate of achievement throughout the celebration.

There are approximately 200 schools and districts across the United States and Canada that have earned a Model PLC distinction and Rayburn and Lomax have officially joined the ranks. The recipients are Pasadena ISD (2020 recipient), which holds the title of the largest Model PLC district in the U.S., alongside Milstead Middle School (2019 recipient), Miller Intermediate (2020 recipient), and Morris Middle School (2020 recipient)

Marsha Jones, executive director of curriculum and instruction, claimed that they are so proud of the hard work of the collaborative teams at Lomax Middle School and Sam Rayburn High School. Each of these campuses has worked hard to build campus-wide systems of support that allow teachers time to meet and plan for students’ learning needs.

Rayburn High School learned about their Model PLC status on May 14, 2021. They are one of the only five schools in the Lone Star State and 49 schools across the U.S. and Canada that earned a Model PLC.

Upon this title, Vanessa Reyes, principal of Rayburn stated that from day one, their mission has been to get all (Rayburn) Texans college, career and real-world ready and they are super honored to be a model for accomplishing those goals. Reyes also added that they were excited to celebrate together and continue the hard work. They know that PLC is a process and they're always looking to continuously improve.

Meanwhile, Lomax Middle School faculty and staff learned about their new status throughout a surprise celebration. According to the principal of Lomax Rebecca Diaz, they were thrilled to be able to surprise their hardworking and dedicated faculty with the announcement that they were named as a nationally recognized Model PLC Campus.

Diaz also added that these past two years have been challenging in education, but this recognition validates that the Lomax faculty and staff continue to put student success first.

There are several aspects in each school and school district that are assessed in order to determine the new Model PLC status recipient which are listed here. Once measurable results are evident, the school must further explain its practices, structures, and culture and submit an application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.

Jones said that these teams consistently use data to inform decisions and guide the teams' work. These campuses are Model PLC campuses because every team (not some or a few) on the campus is dedicated to ensuring students have what they need to be successful.

Recognized model PLC schools are listed on https://allthingsplc.info. To learn more about the Pasadena ISD, visit https://www1.pasadenaisd.org/.

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