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Formative Tools for Leaders in a PLC at Work®

Assessing, Analyzing, and Acting to Support Collaborative Teams

Learn, do, and lead with the guidance of Formative Tools for Leaders in a PLC at Work.® With this practical resource, you’ll first discover how to gather evidence from staff about PLC practices, processes, and products.

Benefits

  • Discover how to gather formative evidence from a number of sources to implement collaborative structures and a schoolwide change process.
  • Understand how to use the three stages of assessing, analyzing, and acting as a formative feedback loop to improve instructional practices.
  • Gain clarity on what makes a successful professional learning community and where to focus your school’s energy and effort moving forward.
  • Access tools and templates designed to support and strengthen team practices in order to shape school culture and ensure learning for all students.
  • Explore how teams effectively answer the four critical questions of a PLC in order to more effectively support them.

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Table of Contents

Part 1
Chapter 1: A Culture of Learning for All
Chapter 2: The School’s Collaborative Structures
Chapter 3: Quality Instructional Practice
Chapter 4: Schoolwide Systems of Support
Part 2
Chapter 5: A Focus on Getting Clear About What Students Should Know and Do
Chapter 6: A Focus on Monitoring About Student Learning
Chapter 7: A Focus on Supporting Students Who Need Additional Time and Support
Chapter 8: A Focus on Responding When Students Have Already Learned
Epilogue

REPRODUCIBLES

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Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

SUGGESTED RESOURCES

Books

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  • Bailey, K., & Jakicic, C. (2017). Simplifying common assessment: A guide for Professional Learning Communities at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Bailey, K., & Jakicic, C. (2019). Make it happen: Coaching with the four critical questions of PLCs at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Bailey, K., & Jakicic, C. (2020). The collaborative team plan book for PLCs at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Buffum, A., & Mattos, M. (2015). It’s about time: Planning interventions and extensions in elementary school. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Buffum, A., Mattos, M., & Malone, J. (2018). Taking action: A handbook for RTI at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Colburn, L., & Beggs, L. (2021). The wraparound guide: How to gather student voice, build community partnerships, and cultivate hope. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Conzemius, A. E., & O’Neill, J. (2014). The handbook for SMART school teams: Revitalizing best practices for collaboration (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., Many, T. W., & Mattos, M. (2016). Learning by doing: A handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (3rd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & DuFour, R. (Eds.). (2005). On common ground: The power of professional learning communities. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., & Marzano, R. J. (2011). Leaders of learning: How district, school, and classroom leaders improve student achievement. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Eaker, R., & Marzano, R. J. (Eds.). (2020). Professional Learning Communities at Work and High Reliability Schools: Cultures of continuous learning. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Ferriter, W. M. (2020). The big book of tools for collaborative teams in a PLC at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Friziellie, H., Schmidt, J. A., & Spiller, J. (2016). Yes we can! General and special educators collaborating in a professional learning community. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Hannigan, J., Hannigan, J. D., Mattos, M., & Buffum, A. (2021). Behavior solutions: Teaching academic and social skills through RTI at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Hoegh, J. K. (2020). A handbook for developing and using proficiency scales in the classroom. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Resources.
  • Kanold, T. D. (2011). The five disciplines of PLC leaders. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Keating, J., Eaker, R., DuFour, R., & DuFour, R. (2008). The journey to becoming a professional learning community. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Marzano, R. J. (2017). The new art and science of teaching. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Marzano, R. J. (2019). The handbook for the new art and science of teaching. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Mattos, M., & Buffum, A. (Eds.). (2015). It’s about time: Planning interventions and extensions in secondary school. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Muhammad, A. (2015). Overcoming the achievement gap trap: Liberating mindsets to effect change. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Muhammad, A. (2018). Transforming school culture: How to overcome staff division (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Muhammad, A., & Cruz, L. F. (2019). Time for change: Four essential skills for transformational school and district leaders. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Roberts, M. (2019). Enriching the learning: Meaningful extensions for proficient students in a PLC at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Schimmer, T. (2016). Grading from the inside out: Bringing accuracy to student assessment through a standards-based mindset. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Wiliam, D. (2018). Embedded formative assessment (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

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