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Simplifying the Journey

Six Steps to Schoolwide Collaboration, Consistency, and Clarity in a PLC at Work®

Simplifying the Journey is not just another manual; it’s a road map for teacher and team transformation,” authors Bob Sonju, Maren Powers, and Sheline Miller write. Packed with strategies, tools, and step-by-step actions, this book is your go-to guide for efficient, productive collaboration among your teams.

Benefits

  • Learn the six actions that help answer each of the four critical questions of a PLC
  • Create a shared vision among teacher and leadership teams and gain clarity on student mastery of essential standards
  • Employ meaningful feedback to encourage student self-assessment and ownership of learning
  • Utilize field-tested prompts, rubrics, and templates to facilitate effective ongoing collaboration

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Identifying Essential Standards and Skills
Chapter 2: Gaining Shared Clarity and Defining Mastery
Chapter 3: Encouraging Student Ownership Through Student Self-Assessment
Chapter 4: Utilizing Formative Assessment for Feedback
Chapter 5: Learning From Formative Data
Chapter 6: Creating Extra Time and Support for Learning
Chapter 7: Engaging in Focused, Productive Collaboration

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