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Singletons in a PLC at Work®

Navigating On-Ramps to Meaningful Collaboration

Collaboration among teachers is key for school improvement and student success. Most teachers will collaborate in grade-level or course-alike teams in a PLC, but what about singletons—those teachers who do not have grade-level or course-alike peers? In this resource, singleton teachers will find creative entry points to form meaningful collaborative teams.

Benefits

  • Understand what meaningful collaboration is and how singletons can utilize the PLC process.
  • Build the groundwork for meaningful collaboration using strategies for your specific situation.
  • Implement meaningful collaboration as a singleton across separate schools or within the same school.
  • Align disparate singletons under the same unifying PLC process.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: PLCs, Collaborative Teams, and Singletons
Chapter 1: Meaningful Collaboration
Chapter 2: Singleton On-Ramps for Collaboration
Chapter 3: Preparation for Meaningful Collaboration
Chapter 4: Course-Alike On-Ramp: The Virtual Team
Chapter 5: Common-Content On-Ramp
Chapter 6: Critical-Friend On-Ramp
Chapter 7: Putting It All Together
Afterword: Final Thoughts

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