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Building a PLC is not a journey taken alone. That’s where the guiding coalition comes in. With clear guidance, this book examines every aspect of how to create, develop, and sustain this essential team that will help champion and lead the change process.

Benefits

  • Define a guiding coalition and understand its importance.
  • Learn basic PLC concepts and principles to inform guiding coalition processes.
  • Understand the three basic school structures to ensure a proper PLC foundation.
  • Form and maintain strong relationships that strengthen leadership.
  • Implement levers to improve school culture and create effective, efficient leadership.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Creating a Powerful Guiding Coalition
Chapter 2: Leading the PLC Basics
Chapter 3: Building a Solid PLC Foundation
Chapter 4: Building Powerful Relationships
Chapter 5: Promoting Collaborative Leadership
Chapter 6: Leveraging Your Leadership
Epilogue

STUDY GUIDE

PRINTABLE REPRODUCIBLES

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Epilogue

SUGGESTED RESOURCES

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