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Short day gives Billings teachers a chance to learn

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As we count down the days to the new school year, a reminder for students and parents: School District 2 students will be dismissed from school one hour early every Wednesday.

Teachers will use that time to take part in what's called Professional Learning Community (PLC) opportunities.

Parents learned more about the new program and schedule at the Lincoln Center board room on Wednesday night.

The new schedule also changes late starts in the high schools to early dismissal on Wednesdays.

Superintendent Terry Bouck talked with parents about where their children can go on early days and about the PLC program.

In June, 300 teachers and administraters learned about the PLC’s at the Northern Hotel.

Bouck said the training focuses on student learning, collaborative culture and seeing those results.

He said community members, parents, staff and administrators all support the idea.

"Our high schools have been doing PLC's for the last five years,” Bouck said. “So we've gained a lot of experience from that. That allows us to move forward district-wide, K through 12. Our staff is excited about this opportunity to hone their skills and frankly to improve student achievement."

Bouck said PLC time has been used in Laurel, Shepherd, Lockwood, at Elysian and in Missoula and Great Falls.

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