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Literacy in a PLC at Work®

Guiding Teams to Get Going and Get Better in Grades K–6 Reading

By: Paula Maeker, Jacqueline Heller

Authors Paula Maeker and Jacqueline Heller are practitioners who share the belief that all students can be literate at high levels. Explore their practical, research-affirmed framework for how teams can better sustain change and improve as literacy educators.

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Implement the PLC at Work process to support student proficiency in literacy

Explore how to provide equitable literacy instruction and assessment so every student masters essential standards. The authors help K–6 teacher teams navigate the teaching and learning of reading through the lens of Professional Learning Communities at Work®. Learn strategies for utilizing data as collaborative teams to answer the four critical questions of learning, and access templates and protocols to improve literacy for all.

This book will help K–6 teachers and reading specialists:

  • Analyze and improve their current literacy practices, curriculum, and instructional focus within the context of a PLC at Work
  • Create or curate common formative team literacy assessments for learning targets
  • Structure a supportive master schedule that allows for daily team collaboration and systemwide response
  • Understand the components of a comprehensive literacy instructional block
  • Create progress-monitoring tools and focused reading interventions and extensions

Related Topics

LiteracyProfessional Learning Communities at Work®Professional Learning Communities


Additional Information

Product Code: BKG046

ISBN: 9781949539585

Published By: Solution Tree

“Providing teachers with a road map to successful PLC implementation in literacy classrooms is essential. This book provides applicable exercises to those looking to either begin their PLC journey or enhance their teams’ practices. If your team is searching for ways to extend student learning and grow as professionals, I highly recommend adding this book to your collaborative work.”

Alexa Guynes, fifth-grade teacher, Dogwood Elementary School, Tennessee

“One of this book’s particular strengths is the systematic and structured approach of using a PLC process to improve reading instruction for teachers and reading outcomes for students. The authors never lose focus on this goal. Their depth of knowledge and experience with both of these topics, and their ability to weave them together, are absolutely tremendous. Having access to functioning PLCs working through the process is grounding and reassuring to new PLCs attempting to walk the walk.”

Justin Green, third-grade teacher, McGirr Elementary School, British Columbia

“I like the way Maeker and Heller unpack the standards and break down the essential questions—how to sort and categorize them and create 'I can' statements. This will help teachers understand how they can tailor their curriculum to not only meet the standards but also the needs of the students in the room.”

Erin Kruckenberg, fifth-grade teacher, Jefferson Elementary School, Illinois

“This book is a must-have for anyone engaging in the PLC at Work process. Each chapter outlines a process to support the PLC at Work process, from determining essential standards to using assessment data to provide necessary support to ensure equitable outcomes for each learner. Not only does this book offer a blueprint with step-by-step protocols and templates, but it also provides samples from various grade-level teams and helpful reproducibles. This book is great for those who are getting started with the PLC process as well as for those who are getting better.”

Katie Kelly, associate professor of education and literacy program coordinator, Furman University, South Carolina
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