No, not looking through sand for pretty rocks, or silt for gold and diamonds.
SIFT is the acronym for School Improvement Facilitation Team.
Does your school have one?
Do you know what it is?
The same school I spoke about the other day is implementing this initiative from Wayne Hulley.
SIFT is supposed to help plan for school and student success. The website is pretty vague on giving an introduction to get you interested, but registration is free, and you can access past webinars for free, and there are a few free (actually more than a few, check it out, so much reading to do, where do I start?) resources available once you join. They also offer free resources through their twitter page.
After reading a few of the Free resources so I get a better handle on this subject, I've come to the realization that this has A TON to do with PLC's. Actually I see nothing to do with SIFT on the webpage, and a lot about PLC's.
What is a PLC? It is an ongoing, continuing, repeating collaborative process throughout your year/teaching experience, where you work with other teachers to look for solutions, implement ideas/programs/initiatives, and then report on results. After each report you continue these consultations with your group and look for new solutions and implement further changes. Each time, your teaching should get better, and learning will increase.
On the subject of learning, one of the papers I read which I downloaded from their twitter says that school should be focused on the learning, not on the teaching. If you really think about it, there's a huge difference between the two, which is why it is important to participate in your PLC, because it will help you find solutions to ongoing learning difficulties.
I have SO much more reading to do on this subject, but it's really starting to make sense to me.
What is you experience with SIFT pr with PLC's?