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Piney Ridge receives national recognition as Model PLC School

Piney Ridge receives national recognition as Model PLC School


Piney Ridge Center’s high school has received national recognition for raising student achievement and being named a Model PLC School.

The Waynesville R-VI School District provides educational services to Piney Ridge Center, a level 4+ residential treatment center for youth experiencing a mental health crisis.

“I am so proud of our Piney Ridge teachers, staff and students for all that they have achieved,” said Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent of the Waynesville R-VI School District. “In a traditional school setting, this is an outstanding accomplishment; however, at a residential treatment center, this is precedent-setting and life-altering for our students. We are so pleased to receive this national recognition from Solution Tree.”

Solution Tree stated that Piney Ridge’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ (PLC) process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.

During PLC time, 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 PLC call upon educators to:

-                  Focus on learning

-                  Build a collaborative culture.

-                  Create a results orientation.


“Our students are making great strides in learning and our collaboration efforts encapsulate each tiny success and transforms setbacks into resiliency,” said Piney Ridge Principal Kimberly Amodio. “Our PLC journey is about hope; hope that we can instill the skills necessary for our students to function in society, to dream that they will have broken the cycle of abuse for their children, and a desire for them to find peace with their past in order to walk forward on their journey.”

To earn the Model PLC status, schools must provide proof of strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.

According to the Champions of PLC at Work™, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”

Recognized model PLC schools are listed on, where they share implementation strategies, structures and performance with other educators interested in improving their schools. Tools for team collaboration, articles and research about PLCs, blog posts and other related resources are also available on the site. The site was developed and is maintained by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance. For more than 20 years, Solution Tree resources have helped K–12 teachers and administrators create schools where all children succeed.

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Issued Oct. 24th, 2019