A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work TM

Author: Richard DuFour,Rebecca DuFour

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 1935249894

Category: Education

Page: 280

View: 2670

Like the first edition, the second edition of Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work helps educators close the knowing-doing gap as they transform their schools into professional learning communities (PLCs).
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Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement

Author: Richard DuFour,Robert E. Eaker

Publisher: Solution Tree

ISBN: 9781879639607

Category: Education

Page: 338

View: 5939

Provides recommendations on ways to improve school performance.
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How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement

Author: Richard DuFour,Robert J. Marzano

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 1935542680

Category: Education

Page: 144

View: 5965

For many years, the authors have been fellow travelers on the journey to help educators improve their schools. Their first coauthored book focuses on district leadership, principal leadership, and team leadership and addresses how individual teachers can be most effective in leading students—by learning with colleagues how to implement the most promising pedagogy in their classrooms
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Systemic PLCs at Work TM

Author: Richard DuFour,Michael Fullan

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 193676475X

Category: Education

Page: 184

View: 9268

Take your professional learning community to the next level! Discover a systemwide approach for re-envisioning your PLC while sustaining growth and continuing momentum on your journey. You’ll move beyond isolated pockets of excellence while allowing every person in your school system—from teachers and administrators to students—the opportunity to be an instrument of lasting cultural change.
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Author: Richard DuFour,Rebecca DuFour,Mike William Mattos,Robert Eaker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781942496632

Category: Education

Page: 192

View: 3245

Get all of your PLC questions answered. Designed as a companion resource to Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (3rd ed.), this powerful, quick-reference guidebook is a must-have for teacher teams working to build and sustain a PLC. You and your team will turn to this invaluable reference tool again and again as questions and complications arise along your PLC journey. Benefits Address the four critical questions that guide teacher collaboration through the PLC process. Review essential PLC vocabulary. Understand the qualities educators need to cultivate school improvement. Outline what students need to learn, and ascertain how to react when students either do or do not learn it. Gain tips on additional PLC books to read to dig deeper into the topics covered in this book. Contents Introduction 1 Laying the Foundation: Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals 2 Building a Collaborative Culture 3 What Do We Want Our Students to Learn? 4 How Will We Know When Our Students Have Learned It? 5 How Will We Respond When Some Students Don t Learn and When Some Do? 6 The District s Role in the PLC Process 7 Consensus and Conflict in a PLC Afterword: It s a Journey, Not a Destination"
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A Guide to the First Year

Author: Parry Graham,William M. Ferriter

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 1936765004

Category: Education

Page: 167

View: 6245

Get a play-by-play guide to implementing PLC concepts. Each chapter begins with a story focused on a particular challenge. A follow-up analysis of the story identifies the good decisions or common mistakes made in relation to that particular scenario. The authors examine the research behind best practice and wrap up each chapter with recommendations and tools you can use in your school.
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Effective Strategies for School Transformation

Author: Elena Aguilar

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118421027

Category: Education

Page: 360

View: 6429

Hands-on resources for new and seasoned school coaches This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice. Principals and others who incorporate coaching strategies into their work will also find a wealth of resources. Aguilar offers a model for transformational coaching which could be implemented as professional development in schools or districts anywhere. Although she addresses the needs of adult learners, her model maintains a student-centered focus, with a specific lens on addressing equity issues in schools. Offers a practical resource for school coaches, principals, district leaders, and other administrators Presents a transformational coaching model which addresses systems change Pays explicit attention to surfacing and interrupting inequities in schools The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation offers a compendium of school coaching ideas, the book's explicit, user-friendly structure enhances the ability to access the information.
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A Guide to Effective Teacher Teams

Author: Daniel R. Venables

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 141298663X

Category: Education

Page: 189

View: 2563

This book for school leaders details how to implement authentic PLCs in schools and districts. Its aim is not to sell the work of PLCs, but rather to assist school leaders and teachers in developing the knowledge and tools necessary to do the work of building and sustaining real PLCs. Grounded in Venables' foundational training and work with the Coalition for Essential Schools, this book unites collaboration, facilitation, data inquiry, using protocols for student and teacher work, designing comprehensive formative assessments (CFAs) and planning data-based instructional intervention into one cohesive handbook. In a step-by-step manner, this book lays out how to establish and do the work of PLCs right the first time. And for schools already dabbling with teacher collaboration and who have instituted a version of PLCs-lite, this work can help existing groups go deeper in the doing the work of authentic, effective PLCs.
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Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student

Author: Alan M. Blankstein,Pedro Noguera,Lorena Kelly

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416622578

Category: Education

Page: 304

View: 5325

Excellence Through Equity is an inspiring look at how real-world educators are creating schools where all students are able to thrive. In these schools, educators understand that equity is not about treating all children the same. They are deeply committed to ensuring that each student receives what he or she individually needs to develop their full potential—and succeed. To help educators with what can at times be a difficult and challenging journey, Blankstein and Noguera frame the book with five guiding principles of Courageous Leadership: - Getting to your core - Making organizational meaning - Ensuring constancy and consistency of purpose - Facing the facts and your fears - Building sustainable relationships They further emphasize that the practices are grounded in three important areas of research that are too often disregarded: (1) child development, (2) neuroscience, and (3) environmental influences on child development and learning. You’ll hear from Carol Corbett Burris, Michael Fullan, Marcus J. Newsome, Paul Reville, Susan Szachowicz, and other bold practitioners and visionary thinkers who share compelling and actionable ideas, strategies, and experiences for closing the achievement gap in your classrooms and school. Ensuring that all students receive an education that cultivates their talents and potential is in all our common interest. As Andy Hargreaves writes in the coda: “The opportunity for all Americans is to articulate and believe in an inspiring vision of educational change that is about what the next genera¬tion of America and Americans should become, not about a target or ranking that the nation should attain.”
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Author: Aaron Hansen

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 1942496036

Category: Education

Page: 144

View: 2848

Ensure singleton teachers feel integrally involved in the PLC process. With this user-friendly guide, you’ll discover how small schools, full of singleton teachers who are the only ones in their schools teaching their subject areas, can build successful PLCs. Explore five methods for structuring PLC teams to better involve singletons, and read examples that highlight how real schools have made collaboration possible.
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A Practical Approach to Implementing the Champion Model

Author: Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan,Linda Hauser

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506302718

Category: Education

Page: 200

View: 8597

Harness the proactive power of PBIS to improve student behavior The Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Champion Model is a breakthrough alternative that has enabled schools to reduce disciplinary incidents by 50% or more. This research-based, action-oriented framework will show you how to create a school culture where all students achieve both social and academic success. You’ll find: A step-by-step framework for implementing a comprehensive systems approach, with specific actions to develop, monitor, and sustain each level of the system Success stories from teachers and administrators Self-assessment exercises to ensure PBIS implementation starts on the right track and stays there
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Author: Austin Buffum,Mike Mattos,Janet Malone

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781942496175

Category: Education

Page: 256

View: 6632

Response to intervention (RTI) is the most effective process for ensuring student success, using differentiated instruction to provide the time and support necessary. This comprehensive implementation guide covers every element required to build a successful RTI at Work(tm) program in schools. The authors share step-by-step actions for implementing the essential elements, instructional strategies, and tools needed to support implementation, as well as tips for engaging and supporting educators. Readers who valued the practical knowledge in Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work(tm) (DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, Many, and Mattos) will appreciate a similar style and practicality in Taking Action. This guide will help you incorporate the response to intervention process by allowing you to: Understand how RTI at Work(tm) builds on the PLC at Work(tm) process. Response to intervention or RTI (also known as multi-tiered system of supports or MTSS) is the most effective process for ensuring student success, using differentiated instruction to provide the time and support necessary. This comprehensive implementation guide covers every element required to build a successful RTI at Work(tm) system of support in schools. The authors share step-by-step actions for implementing the essential elements, instructional strategies, and tools needed to support implementation, as well as tips for engaging and supporting educators. Readers who valued the practical knowledge in Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work(tm) (DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, Many, and Mattos) will appreciate a similar style and practicality in Taking Action. This guide will help you incorporate the response to intervention process by allowing you to: Understand how RTI at Work(tm) builds on the PLC at Work(tm) process. Review the revised RTI at Work(tm) pyramid and its three RTI tiers. Learn what roles teacher teams, leadership teams, and schoolwide teams play in a multi-tiered intervention structure. Understand the differences among intervention, extension, prevention, and enrichment. Avoid common missteps when implementing RTI (or MTSS). Consider why an achievement gap remains in 21st century education and how the RTI process can close that gap. Contents: Introduction Chapter 1: The RTI at Work(tm) Pyramid Chapter 2: A Culture of Collective Responsibility Part One: Tier 1 Essential Actions Chapter 3: Tier 1 Teacher Team Essential Actions Chapter 4: Tier 1 Schoolwide Essential Actions Part Two: Tier 2 Essential Actions Chapter 5: Tier 2 Teacher Team Essential Actions Chapter 6: Tier 2 Schoolwide Essential Actions Part Three: Tier 3 Essential Actions Chapter 7: Tier 3 Schoolwide Essential Actions Chapter 8: Tier 3 Intervention Team Essential Actions Epilogue References and Resources Review the revised RTI at Work(tm) pyramid and its three RTI tiers. Learn what roles teacher teams, leadership teams, and schoolwide teams play in a tiered intervention structure. Understand the differences among intervention, extension, prevention, and enrichment. Avoid common missteps when implementing RTI. Consider why an achievement gap remains in 21st century education and how the RTI process can close that gap. Contents: Introduction Chapter 1: The RTI at Work(tm) Pyramid Chapter 2: A Culture of Collective Responsibility Part One: Tier 1 Essential Actions Chapter 3: Tier 1 Teacher Team Essential Actions Chapter 4: Tier 1 Schoolwide Essential Actions Part Two: Tier 2 Essential Actions Chapter 5: Tier 2 Teacher Team Essential Actions Chapter 6: Tier 2 Schoolwide Essential Actions Part Three: Tier 3 Essential Actions Chapter 7: Tier 3 Schoolwide Essential Actions Chapter 8: Tier 3 Intervention Team Essential Actions Epilogue References and Resources
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Author: Timothy D. Kanold

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 193554344X

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 517

Make the transition from traditional, whole-group reading instruction to the 21st century classroom by integrating three innovations that will dramatically improve elementary reading instruction: RTI, differentiated instruction, and technology. Detailed ex
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A Toolkit for Professional Learning Communities at Work

Author: Kim Bailey,Chris Jakicic

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 1936765152

Category: Education

Page: 152

View: 9055

Teams that engage in designing, using, and responding to common formative assessments are more knowledgeable about their own standards, more assessment literate, and able to develop more strategies for helping all students learn. In this conversational guide, the authors offer tools, templates, and protocols to incorporate common formative assessments into the practices of a PLC to monitor and enhance student learning
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Author: Kim Bailey,Chris Jakicic

Publisher: Solution Tree

ISBN: 9781943874453

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 1597

Since writing Common Formative Assessment: A Toolkit for PLCs at Work, authors Kim Bailey and Chris Jakicic have collaborated with schools and districts across the United States to implement PLCs that shift their focus from teaching to learning. Through these collaborations, the authors have found that a key aspect of expanding students' learning is teachers' ability to create and hone their own common formative assessments. In Simplifying Common Assessment: A Guide for Professional Learning Communities at Work(tm), Bailey and Jakicic build on the process featured in Common Formative Assessment and demonstrate how teachers can develop effective and efficient assessments. They simplify assessment development to give teacher teams the confidence to write and use team-designed common formative assessments. This way, educators can monitor students' learning and ensure that all students master essential skills and concepts.
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Leading Professional Conversations

Author: Charlotte Danielson

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1483373819

Category: Education

Page: 160

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Improve teaching practice through powerful professional conversations! Move beyond isolated teaching, passive observations, ineffective workshops and be the leader who engages staff and affirms the value of reflective and informal professional discussions. Read Talk About Teaching! to build a culture of understanding, respect, and empathy that breeds meaningful conversation and a powerful team of teachers who understand how students learn, what motivates them, and how to implement that research in the classroom. The second edition of this powerful book includes: A new chapter guiding conversations to align with CCSS and other standards Outlines for specific conversation skills needed to initiate and succeed Mental maps, sample topics, and conversation activities
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Teaching in a Professional Learning Community at Work

Author: Robert Eaker,Janel Keating

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781942496373

Category: Education

Page: 128

View: 6939

While many books and articles have described what professional learning communities (PLCs) are and how they can positively impact school culture and student achievement, Kid by Kid, Skill by Skill: Teaching in a Professional Learning Community at Work(tm) by Robert Eaker and Janel Keating focuses specifically on teachers, who should be the central figures in PLC efforts. Eaker and Keating convey a thorough understanding of the role teachers must play in a PLC framework in order for a school to reach its aims. In order for PLC work to successfully effect student achievement, PLCs should seek high levels of both student and teacher learning. This book takes the teacher's perspective so that educators can fully visualize how a PLC framework can help them continually examine and improve the results of their work.
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A Resource for Overcoming Hurdles to Professional Learning for Student Achievement

Author: Elisa MacDonald

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1452218838

Category: Education

Page: 189

View: 4014

Get the most out of your PLCs and teacher teams! All teams face hurdles. What distinguishes the skillful team leader from a less effective one is his or her approach in overcoming them. MacDonald offers a skillful approach to team leadership rooted in values, mindset, intelligence, and skill. This practical guide features: Reality-based examples illustrating common team hurdles in collaboration, shared leadership, goal setting and attainment, rigorous discourse, and continuous improvement Brief follow-up sections with tips for sustaining positive change Ways to work beyond the team to shape and influence school culture Prompts to apply learning to your own leadership hurdles
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A Guide to Developing Student, Faculty, and Professional Learning Communities to Improve Student Success and Organizational Effectiveness

Author: Oscar T. Lenning,Denise M. Hill,Kevin P. Saunders,Andria Stokes,Alisha Solan

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1579225829

Category: Education

Page: 370

View: 5187

Learning communities have been demonstrated to dramatically improve student outcomes by engaging students in their learning. This book constitutes a comprehensive guide for readers who want a broad strategic view of learning communities, enabling them to identify which type of LC best meets the learning needs of their students, and the context and mission of their institution. It also provides the tools for planning, designing and implementing what the authors define as “powerful” LCs, and for understanding the assessment implications of their decisions. The potential power of LCs is realized through effective facilitation, appropriate team-building activities, linkages, planning, and active collaboration that promotes learning of the group and the individual group members – all of which topics are covered in this volume. This book is organized around the three themes of setting the stage, designing an LC, and building or enhancing a powerful LC, and covers three types of learning communities – student, professional (faculty, staff), and institutional LCs concerned with student learning – providing a range of tools and forms to facilitate planning. The authors also address designing and maintaining hybrid and virtual LCs. This book is intended as a practical resource for anyone at any level in higher education who wants to champion, develop or redesign student or professional LCs, or even explore broader initiatives to develop their institution into a “learning organization”. Administrators in academic and student affairs will find guidance for setting appropriate policies and allocating resources. The book may also serve as a textbook for graduate courses in institutional leadership and policy studies, curriculum and instruction, student affairs, or assessment/evaluation.
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