Woodland Park Recognized as a Model PLC School

Congratulations to the Woodland Park students and staff on being approved as a model PLC school.

One of About 200 Schools and Districts in the US and Canada to Receive This Honor

Sheridan, WY 2015— Woodland Park Elementary, of SCSD2, was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The school’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.

PLCs are schools 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.

Responding to news of the recognition, Woodland Park’s principal, Paige Sanders, said, “Our staff works extremely hard to meet the needs of all our students. We have found that the PLC model helps us ensure every student can achieve.”  Kristie Garriffa, Literacy Coordinator at Woodland Park added, “Our collaborative culture and pledge to continually grow as a staff are essential to our students’ success.  We are honored for this recognition of our dedication to student learning!”

Schools are recognized based on 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 Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Mike Mattos, architects 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 allthingsplc.info, 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.


For more information, please contact:
Name: Paige Sanders, Principal, or Kristie Garriffa, Literacy Coordinator
School: Woodland Park Elementary
Address: 1010 East Woodland Park Road, Sheridan, WY 82801
Phone: 307 674 7937
Email: paige.sanders@scsd2.com    or Kristie.garriffa@scsd2.com