SIP and PLC Important Links

Prioritization and Articulation

If your PLC is at the Prioritization and Articulation of Standards Phase:

3 Big Ideas of a PLC

Four Critical Questions of a PLC

PLC Big Idea 1: Focus on Learning

  • Do we share a common purpose?

PLC Big Idea 2: Collaborative Culture

  • Highly effective teams

PLC Big Idea 3: Results Orientation

  • Using assessments to make a difference
  • What do students need to know and be able to do?
  • How will we know when they have learned it?
  • What will we do when they have not learned it?
  • What will we do when they already know it?

 What we have identified as priority and supporting standards represents the guaranteed and viable curriculum to be taught in South Sioux City Schools.


Guiding Questions/topics for your PLC at this phase center around determining what you will focus on in teaching and learning, i.e., coming to agreement on guaranteed and viable curriculum.  District PLC discussion topics may include:

District Curriculum documents – Identification of or reflection on agreement within your PLC regarding what should be or has been identified as priority and supporting standards

  • Prioritized standards – what every student must know to be successful now and in the future

Your PLC should note any changes or modifications proposed for the next year, in terms of which standards are considered to be a priority or other related ideas.  If changes are proposed, use the Notes feature in BYOC as a place to capture your discussion and rationale for proposed changes.

District PLC discussion may include:

  • Constructive debate regarding which standards have been identified as priority
  • Pacing of instruction
  • Vertical alignment
  • Leverage, endurance, readiness, assessment consideration, and teacher judgment regarding which standards are to be regarded as instructional priorities

Work Products (if your PLC identifies alterations or edits that should be made for the following year):

District Curriculum (Prioritization and Articulation Document) 

Build Your Own Curriculum (BYOC) – Notes section on each standard (link)

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