Interns at Mechanicsville Elementary School led a three-part Professional Learning Community (PLC) activity with mentors, teachers, and administrators on the Stevenson Student Impact Study.

During the first meeting, the interns explained the purpose of completing a Student Impact Study as well as discussed the factors they would be examining. These factors include examining student data as well as the context factors such as individual student needs. During the second meeting, the interns shared their study topics as well as sample lessons that students would be implementing. Teachers were excited to learn this information and gain new ideas for teaching students in their own classrooms.

The third and final meeting examined the data that the interns collected. Dr. Bob Pelton, Professor of Education, joined this session to share his knowledge of how the Stevenson Study Impact Study seeks to connect to the Student Learning Objectives (or SLO) process set forth by the Maryland State Department of Education. Overall, interns saw growth among their students when conducting their studies. Most important, the interns learned how to design and administer assessments while teaching full-time. Interns also learned about the impact of disruptions to the schedule, such as how several weather-related closings can impact the overall learning of students.

Intern Judy Hemler (center) helps facilitate a PLC on Student Impact Studies.

By conducting this PLC, the teachers and administration at Mechanicsville Elementary have a better understanding of one of the many projects being conducted by Stevenson interns in the school. According to principal Mr. Steven Wernick, “This opportunity has allowed interns and mentor teachers to work together to develop a plan that meets all students needs in the context of the classroom. What a great opportunity for learning and sharing!”