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Rebecca DuFour at work with educators

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The “Now What?” Of Life: Celebrating Rebecca DuFour

Categories: PLC, Solution Tree

It was one of those wonderful mid-fall afternoons as I walked to my car, crossing the quad of the university campus. Tree colors were just starting to appear, and the air had that rare “higher temperatures than normal with crispness” smell.

I took off my suit jacket as I approached the car with this intense feeling I had done this very act of taking off my suit jacket and getting into my car, many times before. I had this awareness too that those moments had always left me feeling a bit empty. It was a feeling similar to the one you sense right after spending hours with friends and family, saying goodbye, going on your way, but feeling a bit homesick for them immediately. Read more

An assessment event

5 Reasons to Attend an Assessment Institute

Categories: Assessment, Solution Tree

You know that feeling you get when you rush, rush, rush to get to a conference after a long day of travel, compounded by months of trying to cram teaching, family, and personal care into an already too-fast-paced life? Perhaps you check into your hotel and unzip the suitcase you packed at home, wondering if you even packed the right clothing. You might ask yourself when you should get breakfast, who you will sit with, and how you will ever manage to relax and learn. You might begin to wonder if attending was more effort than it will be worth. Read more

PLC at Work

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Why I Love Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institutes

Categories: Solution Tree

As a former Division I college basketball player with a brief professional career overseas, I have had some amazing experiences playing and associating with athletes who were used to being highly successful. I have played with and against a number of well-known former college players who went on to play professionally. In fact, my college roommate Mike Brown played professionally for 15 years—12 of those years in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, and Phoenix Suns. I immensely respected Mike, my teammates, and the other college players that I played against. Read more