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Learning by Doing

A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work®

Written specifically for Canadian educators, this comprehensive action guide includes new strategies, tools, and tips for transforming schools into high-performing PLCs. Increase academic achievement among students and gain key employee retention strategies from educators with firsthand experience in the classroom.

Benefits

  • Learn how to improve student achievement across Canada’s unique and widely diverse provinces and territories, including indigenous and remote regions.
  • Build a shared knowledge of critical vocabulary and the concepts underlying key PLC terms.
  • Explore scenarios, examples, and research aligned to the needs of Canadian educators and schools in Canada.
  • Make honest assessments of your school by examining conventional practices from a fresh, critical perspective.
  • Take immediate and specific steps to close the knowing-doing gap.
  • Follow the step-by-step format outlined in each chapter to advance your own school’s PLC journey.
  • Move beyond planning, and start doing.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface: Learning by Doing for the Canadian Context
Introduction to the Third Edition
Chapter 1: A Guide to Action for Professional Learning Communities at Work
Chapter 2: Defining a Clear and Compelling Purpose
Chapter 3: Building the Collaborative Culture of a Professional Learning Community
Chapter 4: Creating a Results Orientation in a Professional Learning Community
Chapter 5: Establishing a Focus on Learning
Chapter 6: Creating Team-Developed Common Formative Assessments
Chapter 7: Responding When Some Students Don’t Learn
Chapter 8: Hiring, Orienting, and Retaining New Staff
Chapter 9: Addressing Conflict and Celebrating in a Professional Learning Community
Chapter 10: Implementing the PLC Process Districtwide
Conclusion: The Fierce Urgency of Now

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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Conclusion

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BOOKS

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Introduction

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8