School Resources Protocols for PLCs

Protocols for PLCs


Camden – Rockport Middle School, Camden-Rockport

I use this one frequently to help departments determine their year long goals. and we use this one in teams often to engage with text.


Bonny Eagle Middle School, Buxton

At Bonny Eagle Middle School we use protocols that we learned through training with Great Schools Partnership. 


Mt. Desert Island Regional School System, Mt. Desert Island

There are several different types of protocols at this site:


Fayette Central School, Fayette

I use Nation School Reform Faculty Protocols and sometimes modify them.


Central Middle School, Corinth          

At CMS, we are using the Protocols adopted by the Great School Partnership and SRI (School Reform Initiative).

We have used the "Four A Text Protocols to examine and discuss a piece of text. After reading a piece of text, we ask what Assumptions does the author make; What do you Agree with?What do you want to argue in the text? and lastly, what parts of the text do you want to aspire or act on?

We have also utilized a "Success Analysis Protocol" with reflective Questioning. In this protocol, all participants identify a classroom success (piece of work, a lesson, etc.). The presenter describes the success, the other PLG members ask clarifying questions, then the group asks questions that help the presenter reflect upon the success; and then the entire group reflects on the success story. Then to wrap up, the presenter reflects on the group’s discussion and what made it successful.  The group discusses briefly what they have learned and how might it be applied to all of their work.  

This is just a couple of protocols...I am sure there are many more. We have used these while conducting book studies and examining a piece of text pertinent to issues in our building, namely Proficiency based learning transition, block scheduling, and separating out habits of work from student achievement in meeting standards. 


Lake Region Middle School, Naples

Also, the book When Students Fail to Learn: Protocols for School-wide Response is great.


Lincolnville Central School, Lincolnville

We use a bunch of different protocols, and often take them from this site:

We tend to adjust them to fit our needs, but this is a great resource to begin with.


Windham Elementary School, Windham

Data Analysis Protocol – Modified for Teams


Richmond / Dresden Schools

Here in RSU 2, we have been working with the Great Schools Partnership to develop our PLGs. Here is a link to some of the protocols we use. I've only used a few, but there's tons on this link:


Maine Academy of Natural Science, Hinckley

Having roles, setting and agenda, reviewing ground rules and the agenda at the beginning of each meeting, taking notes and posting them publicly for the staff to all be able to access at anytime after the fact.

For specific types of work, there is a collection of protocols I access that I received from Lynn Miller at USM when she was my instructor on Collaboration in Schools.  She may be willing to share her collection with you too.


Stevens Brook Elementary School, Naples

Learning Team Log Template


Jameson Elementary and Loranger Memorial Schools, Old Orchard Beach

Here is what we use for Child Study.  This is most often used for behavioral concerns, but it could be used for academic concerns too.

Child Study Protocol and Prep


Freeport High School, Freeport

At Freeport High School, we frequently use protocols to look at both adult work (modified tuning) and student work (modified LASW protocol).  


Hodgdon High School, Hodgdon

Below is a form we use at Hodgdon High School for Professional Inquiry Teams to report out their work.  Each week, each team submits their form to me.  Often, included in the minutes are questions teachers might have for me.  We have found it to be a good way to keep track of PIT time and to keep me updated on what is going on in each group.

Professional Team Feedback Sheet

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