Award Year: 2017
Woodland Park Elementary is a Community that Inspires and Empowers EVERYONE to Reach Their Full Potential.
- Black/African American: 2%
- White: 85%
- Hispanic: 7%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
- Asian: 1%
- Native American: 4%
- ELL: 2%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 36%
At WDPK we are reaching each student, "Kid by Kid, Skill by Skill", ensuring our students get exactly what they need to be successful.
Becoming a PLC (Professional Learning Community) is one of the most important factors of our success. Since becoming a Model PLC School, we have found that change is always ongoing! At Woodland Park our mission is: A community that inspires and empowers everyone to reach their full potential and embrace: "Change is hard in the beginning, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end." --Robin Sherma
This is one of the most valuable insights we have gained on our complex journey toward an effective PLC. We have discovered that PLC is not a product, but a process; there is no end. We are on a constant and ever-changing journey and will not stop looking for ways to improve our impact on student learning. What our teams collaborate about really makes a difference on student learning and overall student impact. We began with the four questions: What do we want students to learn? How do we know if they've learned it? What do we do if they haven't learned it? What will we do if they demonstrate proficiency? Each year we start over in the hard and messy stages of change. We understand that this is not defeating or impossible, but healthy and what is best for our students. We are constantly reflecting on ways to to grow and improve as a staff. One way our staff is growing in collaboration is through capacity building, using job-embedded professional development with every staff member. These pieces and more, including ongoing celebrations and team building activities, demonstrate our staff commitment to our mission, which truly makes Woodland Park a community that inspires and empowers EVERYONE to reach their full potential. The power and acceptance of change would assist any school considering embarking on the PLC process. Simply stated, PLC is not something we do; it is who we are!