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The Brilliance in the Building

Effecting Change in Urban Schools With the PLC at Work® Process

This essential guide for urban teachers and leaders delivers field-tested strategies for supporting successful Professional Learning Communities at Work®. Learn how to use the “brilliance in the building” and implement specific action steps to reach high levels of student achievement.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: A Culture of Care
Chapter 2: A Culture of Collaboration
Chapter 3: A Results-Driven Culture
Chapter 4: A Culture of High-Quality Instruction With More Time and Support
Chapter 5: A Culture of Continuous Improvement
Final Thoughts
Appendix

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BOOKS

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  • DuFour, R., & Fullan, M. (2013). Cultures built to last: Systemic PLCs at Work. 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.
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  • Eaker, R. (2020). A summing up: Teaching and learning in effective schools and PLCs at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Eaker, R., DuFour, R., & DuFour, R. (2002). Getting started: Reculturing schools to become professional learning communities. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
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  • Ferriter, W. M., Graham, P., & Wight, M. (2013). Making teamwork meaningful: Leading progress-driven collaboration 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.
  • García, H., McCluskey, K., & Taylor, S. (2015). Game plan: A playbook for developing winning PLCs at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
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  • Hall, B. (2022). Powerful guiding coalitions: How to build and sustain the leadership team in your PLC at Work. 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.
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  • Jensen, E. (2019). Poor students, rich teaching: Seven high-impact mindsets for students from poverty (Rev. ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
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  • Kanold, T. D., Kanold-McIntyre, J., Larson, M. R., Barnes, B., Schuhl, S., & Toncheff, M. (2018). Mathematics instruction and tasks in a PLC at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Kanold, T. D., Schuhl, S., Larson, M. R., Barnes, B., Kanold-McIntyre, J., & Toncheff, M. (2018). Mathematics assessment and intervention in a PLC at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Kanold, T. D., Toncheff, M., Larson, M. R., Barnes, B., Kanold-McIntyre, J., & Schuhl, S. (2018). Mathematics coaching and collaboration in a PLC at Work. 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.
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  • Kramer, S. V., & Schuhl, S. (2017). School improvement for all: A how-to guide for doing the right work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
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  • Many, T. W., Maffoni, M. J., Sparks, S. K., & Thomas, T. F. (2020). How schools thrive: Building a coaching culture for collaborative teams in PLCs at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Many, T. W., Maffoni, M. J., Sparks, S. K., & Thomas, T. F. (2022). Energize your teams: Powerful tools for coaching collaborative teams in PLCs at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
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  • Marzano, R. J. (2018). The new art and science of teaching [Video]. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
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  • Marzano, R. J., Warrick, P. B., Rains, C. L., & DuFour, R. (2018). Leading a High Reliability School. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
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  • Palmer, K. (2022). Parentships in a PLC at Work: Forming and sustaining school-home relationships with families. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
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  • Spiller, J., & Power, K. (2019). Leading with intention: Eight areas for reflection and planning in your PLC at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
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