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PLC at Work® and Your Small School

Building, Deepening, and Sustaining a Culture of Collaboration for Singletons

Small schools can have a big impact. With the guidance of author Breez Longwell Daniels, an award-winning principal in Wyoming, you will learn how to build a successful professional learning community (PLC) in your small school. The resource addresses every key aspect of a PLC at Work® system and outlines how to drive immense academic success while staying true to your school’s small-town roots.

Benefits

  • Learn how to define your school’s mission and vision in a way that both centers the school’s role within the community and builds a foundation for a strong PLC.
  • Become familiar with how to develop a strong PLC school system in a small school or rural area that contains many singleton and shared teachers.
  • Learn how to effectively collect and use data to increase the effectiveness of your PLC system.
  • Study the research and real-world examples that support the strategies and concepts introduced in the book to help students meet their academic goals.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Breaking With Tradition
Chapter 2: Establishing Vision and Goals
Chapter 3: Structuring Time
Chapter 4: Building Your Culture
Chapter 5: Supporting Collaboration
Chapter 6: Using Data
Chapter 7: Overcoming Barriers
Chapter 8: Celebrating Success
Epilogue
Appendix

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