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Bob Sonju

Bob Sonju is an award-winning educational leader, author, and speaker who is nationally recognized for his energetic commitment to coaching teacher teams and educational leaders in simple, doable processes and systems that create the conditions for lasting success.

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Bob Sonju

Bob Sonju is an award-winning educational leader, author, and speaker who is nationally recognized for his energetic commitment to coaching teacher teams and educational leaders in simple, doable processes and systems that create the conditions for lasting success. Bob has led two separate schools to National Model PLC at Work® status, and one of his schools also received the prestigious National Breakthrough School Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

As a district leader, Bob led the implementation of the professional learning communities (PLC) process in a district composed of over 50 schools. He is committed to making the work of collaborative teams and school leaders both simple and doable, as evidenced in his book, Simplifying the Journey.

Bob was named Principal of the Year by the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals and was selected as one of three finalists for National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He’s been published in various Solution Tree titles, including It’s About Time, Best Practices at Tier 2, and Help Your Team. His work has also been featured in the magazine Principal Leadership.

Bob earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and an endorsement in school leadership from Southern Utah University.


PLC at Work®

PLC at Work® experts have proven success in leading the PLC at Work process in a school or district. Work with them to implement a focus on learning, build a collaborative culture, and create a results orientation that leads to sustained, substantive school improvement.

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RTI at Work™

RTI at Work experts focus on learning for all students and will empower you to build your own timely, targeted, and systematic intervention program. Work with them to implement a results-driven program that provides targeted instruction at all tiers of intervention.

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Presentations by Bob Sonju

  • Simplifying the Journey: Six Action Steps to Schoolwide Collaboration, Consistency and Clarity
  • Right Here, Right Now: The Power of Educators Learning Together
  • Help Your Team: Overcoming Common Collaborative Problems in a PLC at Work®
  • Supercharge Your Collaboration: Tools and Strategies to Make Your Team Collaboration Exceptional
  • Proven Practices of PLC Leaders: Leading, Monitoring, and Supporting Teachers and Teams in a PLC
  • Some Assembly Required: Turning Your Team’s CFA Data into a Powerful Learning Tool
  • Time Well Spent: Team Strategies to Create Extra Time and Support
  • Tech-Powered Teams: Utilizing Technology as a Partner in Learning in a PLC
  • Gaining Shared Clarity: Empowering Teams through Shared Understanding of Student Mastery

“Bob’s experience is unmatched. His validity comes from vast experience.”

San Antonio PLC at Work Institute participant

“Made the content easy to understand and doable.”

San Antonio PLC at Work Institute participant

“Bob presents from the heart. It is evident he cares and believes in this work.”

Grand Rapids PLC at Work Institute participant

“Bob’s authenticity and enthusiasm are contagious!”

Grand Rapids PLC at Work Institute participant