PLC

Teamwork requires all of the puzzle pieces to fit together.

Identifying When to Collaborate on Decisions

Categories: PLC, School Improvement

Based on Leading a High Reliability School

A key aspect of leading a high reliability school is to put formal structures in place that clearly invite teachers to participate in specific aspects of decision-making for the school. In fact, when specific initiatives are driven by a staff decision-making process, they can quickly gain momentum and acceptance by the whole staff. Read more

All Hands In

Hard Work with Happiness: How School Culture Changes in a Deeply Sustained PLC

Categories: PLC, School Improvement

Several years ago, a group of visiting teachers from Cody, Wyoming, came to spend the day with a neighbor, hoping to gain some insights and advice. That neighbor was Sheridan County School District #2 (SCSD2). They were there for a very good reason. SCSD2 has a national reputation for having struggled mightily academically over a period of years, followed by dramatic turnarounds in student performance. Read more

High Reliability Schools and PLCs

High Reliability Schools and PLCs

Categories: PLC

For 15 years as a school and district leader, I continually worked toward creating a systems approach for the work we were doing that would ultimately improve student achievement. In Leading a High Reliability School, we offer a comprehensive look into a systemic approach to school leadership that can serve any school. In essence, this work establishes a union of two very profound and effective concepts: the PLC at Work™ process and the High Reliability Schools™ (HRS) framework. Read more

Coaching Forward

Coaching Forward: Team Action Plans in PLCs

Categories: PLC

Based on the book Amplify Your Impact, this is part 5 in a series on coaching collaborative teams in professional learning communities. To view all posts see Coaching in a PLC at Work™.

Effective school leaders know that in order to improve, we must be in a constant state of motion. The question is, however, in what direction are we moving? Motion can be circular, backward, linear, or vertical, and although we may be moving, not all motion results in progress. Read more