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Learning by Doing, Fourth Edition

A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work®

The fourth edition of this comprehensive action guide provides new strategies for leveraging PLC for a highly effective multitiered system of supports, expert-led guidance on school culture, and a deeper discussion on connecting school improvement to the mission of helping all students succeed.

Benefits

  • Build shared knowledge of both critical vocabulary and the concepts underlying the key PLC terms.
  • Learn new, more in-depth strategies for coaching in a PLC at Work®.
  • Make honest assessments of student learning, examine their school culture, and implement conventional practices from a fresh, critical perspective.
  • Take immediate and specific steps to close the knowing-doing gap and implement PLC concepts in their school and district.
  • Recognize that the knowledge needed to support students in achieving higher levels is readily available, and the next step is to transform this awareness into an action plan for school improvement.
  • Follow the step-by-step format outlined in each chapter to advance their school’s PLC journey and drive continuous improvement.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
Chapter 1: A Guide to Action for Professional Learning Communities at Work
Chapter 2: Defining a Clear and Compelling Purpose
Chapter 3: Building a Collaborative Culture
Chapter 4: Coaching Collaborative Teams
Chapter 5: Creating a Results Orientation
Chapter 6: Establishing a Focus on Learning
Chapter 7: Creating Team-Developed Common Formative Assessments
Chapter 8: Responding When Some Students Don’t Learn
Chapter 9: Hiring, Orienting, and Retaining New Staff
Chapter 10: Addressing Conflict and Celebrating
Chapter 11: Implementing the PLC Process Districtwide
Epilogue: Touching the Emotions: Creating a Culture of Caring

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Introduction

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

SUGGESTED RESOURCES

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