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Success for Our Youngest Learners

Put preK learners on the path to a great education by embracing the professional learning communities (PLC) process. Ensure a guaranteed and viable curriculum for preschool, kindergarten, and special education students in blended classrooms.

Benefits

  • Discover how to use the PLC process to specifically cater to the needs of preK students.
  • Receive guidance and strategies necessary to build a strong collaborative structure in your school, including for blended classrooms.
  • Acquire best practices for organizing teams and making the most of team time.
  • Understand how to construct assessment for young students, including those in preschool, kindergarten, and special education.
  • Learn how to collect data and provide interventions based on the results.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: The Need for High-Quality Early Childhood Programs
Chapter 2: The Building Blocks of a PLC
Chapter 3: Collaborative Teams in Early Childhood Programs
Chapter 4: A Focus on Learning
Chapter 5: Assessment
Chapter 6: Data and Interventions
Conclusion

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BOOKS

  • Bailey, K., & Jakicic, C. (2012). Common Formative Assessment: A Toolkit for Professional Learning Communities at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Bailey, K., & Jakicic, C. (2017). Simplifying Common Assessment: A Guide for Professional Learning Communities at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Buffum, A., Mattos, M., & Malone, J. (2018). Taking Action: A Handbook for RTI at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Buffum, A., Mattos, M., & Weber, C. (2012). Simplifying Response to Intervention: Four Essential Guiding Principles. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Conzemius, A. E., & O’Neill, J. (2014). The Handbook for SMART School Teams: Revitalizing Best Practices for Collaboration (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R. (2015). In Praise of American Educators: And How They Can Become Even Better. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., & DuFour, R. (2012). The School Leader’s Guide to Professional Learning Communities at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., & Eaker, R. (2008). Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work: New Insights for Improving Schools. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., Many, T. W., & Mattos, M. (2016). Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (3rd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., & Fullan, M. (2013). Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Eaker, R., & Keating, J. (2015). Kid by Kid, Skill by Skill: Teaching in a Professional Learning Community at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Friziellie, H., Schmidt, J. A., & Spiller, J. (2016). Yes We Can! General and Special Educators Collaborating in a Professional Learning Community. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Graham, P., & Ferriter, W. M. (2010). Building a Professional Learning Community at Work: A Guide to the First Year. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Marzano, R. J., Heflebower, T., Hoegh, J. K., Warrick, P. B., & Grift, G. (2016). Collaborative Teams That Transform Schools: The Next Steps in PLCs. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Resources.
  • Mattos, M., DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & Many, T. W. (2016). Concise Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Professional Learning Communities at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Reeves, D. B. (2019). Achieving Equity and Excellence: Immediate Results From the Lessons of High-Poverty, High-Success Schools. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

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Introduction

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6