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Professional Learning Communities at Work and High Reliability Schools

Dramatically improve schooling by harnessing the collective power of the High Reliability Schools™ (HRS) model and the PLC at Work® process. Featuring some of America’s best educators, this anthology includes information, insights, and practical suggestions for both PLCs and HRS. The overarching purpose is to demonstrate how these two approaches complement each other and support educators in their efforts to create a culture of continuous improvement.

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  • Use this resource to ensure a guaranteed and viable curriculum.
  • Study the HRS and PLC practices with guidance from numerous practitioners and experts, developing good teachers into great teachers through a culture of accountability.
  • Learn how to keep your school focused on the right work in order to achieve learning for all through a continuous improvement process.
  • Understand how the HRS model can improve success with the PLC process and how the PLC at Work process is the cornerstone of a high reliability school.
  • Explore the ways in which strong leaders can model and improve the why and how of PLC at Work through a collaborative culture.
  • Explore the five levels of the HRS model.
  • And then learn how to relate each level to the PLC at Work process to improve education in your school or district.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: Professional Learning Communities at Work and High Reliability Schools—Merging Best Practices for School Improvement
Part I: The Five Levels
Chapter 1: Culture Building in a High Reliability School
Chapter 2: Frames of Mind and Tools for Success—Organizational Culture in a PLC
Chapter 3: Six Steps for Effective Teaching in Every Classroom
Chapter 4: Effective Teaching in a Professional Learning Community
Chapter 5: Six Action Steps for a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
Chapter 6: PLC, HRS, and a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
Chapter 7: A Multiyear Plan for Standards-Referenced Reporting
Chapter 8: Grading and Reporting for Learning in a PLC
Chapter 9: Personalized, Competency-Based Education
Chapter 10: Preparation for Tomorrow—A Competency-Based Focus and PLCs
Part II: Professional Learning Communities, High Reliability Organizations, and School Leadership
Chapter 11: High Reliability Leadership
Chapter 12: Leadership in a PLC—Coherence and Culture
Part III: Professional Learning Communities, High Reliability Schools, and District Leadership
Chapter 13: Leadership in High Reliability School Districts
Chapter 14: Leadership in a High-Performing PLC

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  • Twadell, E., Onuscheck, M., Reibel, A. R., & Gobble, T. (2019). Proficiency-Based Instruction: Rethinking Lesson Design and Delivery. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

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Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 7

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11