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Sunset Elementary is a model for Professional Learning Communities


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Governor Doug Ducey Reads To Students During A Visit To Sunset Elementary School During A Visit In 2017. Gov. Ducey Called The School "A Shining Example Of What Education Should Look Like In Arizona." Photo Courtesy Cartwright School District

Sunset Elementary School was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its continued success in raising student achievement through its Professional Learning Communities.

In a press release, Solution Tree acknowledged that “Sunset’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students. Additionally, for the past eight years, Sunset has remained a solid A school – a distinction given by the Arizona Department of Education.”

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Sunset Elementary School kindergartners reading during class in the 2018-2019 school year. The continued increase in student achievement is tied to the schools Professional Learning Communities. Photo courtesy Cartwright School District

In a letter to staff, former Sunset Principal and current Director of Data and Assessments at the Cartwright School District, Kristi Langley-Wells said, “I have known you are amazing teachers for years!  What YOU do each and every day is life changing.  The state of Arizona recognizes YOU through The Governor’s Office. Now the Nation will recognize YOU though All Things PLC!  Our students will recognize when they have a whole world of options at their feet.”  

PLC’s are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:

  1. Focus on learning.
  2. Build a collaborative culture.
  3. Create a results orientation.

Glendale Elementary, the Deer Valley Unified School District and a school in St. Johns, Arizona were also honored with the distinction. 

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Governor Doug Ducey reads to students during a visit to Sunset Elementary School during a visit in 2017. Gov. Ducey called the school “A shining example of what education should look like in Arizona.” Photo courtesy Cartwright School District