Overcome common struggles encountered by collaborative teams in PLCs with this book written by Professional Learning Communities at Work® experts. This practical book will guide team building for teachers and staff in order to create highly effective teams committed to learning for all.

Benefits

  • Gain an understanding of the PLC framework and the unique qualities of effective collaborative work.
  • Learn about collaborative teams, what goes into making them, and how to utilize them effectively to drive change and professional development for teachers and other educators.
  • Become familiar with the ways in which interpersonal issues affect collaborative teams, and gain collaborative tools for conflict resolution and team building for teachers and staff.
  • Learn how a toxic work culture can contribute to the failure of collaborative learning and how to combat this toxic school culture.
  • Explore how educators in nontraditional schools or singletons can use the collaborative process to their advantage.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Foreword: The Inherent Dichotomy of Teamwork by Mike Mattos
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Organizing Schools Into Effective Collaborative Teams
  • Chapter 2: Managing Team Members Who Disengage
  • Chapter 3: Establishing Clarity on What Students Need to Know and Be Able to Do
  • Chapter 4: Planning for Targeted and Effective Team Interventions
  • Chapter 5: Working Together in a PLC
  • Chapter 6: Changing to a Positive School Culture
  • Chapter 7: Involving Nondepartmental Members in a PLC
  • Chapter 8: Supporting Singleton Teachers in Collaborative Teams
  • Epilogue: Dealing With Cautions, Conflicts, and Commitments

REPRODUCIBLES

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 7

SUGGESTED RESOURCES

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