Sonora Middle School has earned the Solution Tree Promising Practices designation.

"This recognition is very meaningful, because it shows a commitment to our mission: to provide a safe place for all to rise to their potential and learn at high levels,” said Chelsea Jennings, Sonora Middle School principal.

Recipients of the Promising Practices Award demonstrate a commitment to the PLC at Work process, implement the concepts for at least one or two years, present clear evidence of student learning and explain the culture, practices and structures of their school. Additionally, 1-2 years of consecutive data showing student improvement is submitted.

Earning the Promising Practices designation is evidence the school’s efforts are having a significant impact on both student achievement and professional growth, Jennings said.

“I am very proud of our staff's dedication to our students and the PLC process,” she said. “It is not easy work, but we are invested in seeing continuous improvement."

Promising Practices is the initial step in becoming a Model PLC at Work School. Springdale Schools strives to be a Model PLC district.

The PLC process is built on three foundational pieces: a focus on learning, a collaborative culture and collective responsibility and results orientation.

Teachers work in collaborative teams to answer the following questions:

  1. What do we want our students to learn?

  2. How will we know when students learn it?

  3. What do we do when students don’t learn it?

  4. What do we do when schools have learned it?

All 31 Springdale schools participate in the Professional Learning Community process.

Bayyari and Sonora elementary schools have also achieved the Promising Practices School designation.