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Learning by Doing

A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work®, Fourth Edition

By: Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, Thomas W. Many, Mike Mattos, Anthony Muhammad

The fourth edition of this comprehensive action guide provides new strategies for leveraging PLC for a highly effective multitiered system of supports, expert-led guidance on school culture, and a deeper discussion on connecting school improvement to the mission of helping all students succeed.

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A practical guide for implementing the PLC process and transforming schools

25 years on, the PLC at Work® process continues to produce results across the United States and worldwide. In this fourth edition of the bestseller Learning by Doing, the authors use updated research and time-tested knowledge to address current education challenges, from learning gaps exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic to the need to drive a highly effective multitiered system of supports.

This book will help K–12 administrators, school leaders, and teacher teams:

  • Build shared knowledge of both critical vocabulary and the concepts underlying the key PLC terms
  • Learn new, more in-depth strategies for coaching in a PLC at Work
  • Make honest assessments of student learning, examine their school culture, and implement conventional practices from a fresh, critical perspective
  • Take immediate and specific steps to close the knowing-doing gap and implement PLC concepts in their school and district
  • Recognize that the knowledge needed to support students in achieving higher levels is readily available, and the next step is to transform this awareness into an action plan for school improvement
  • Follow the step-by-step format outlined in each chapter to advance their school’s PLC journey and drive continuous improvement

Related Topics

Professional Learning Communities at Work®Professional Learning CommunitiesTeams


Additional Information

Product Code: BKG169, EKF713

ISBN: 9781960574145

Published By: Solution Tree

Learning by Doing is a gift to educators. The PLC at Work process and practices are critically important and applicable at all levels—state, district, school, and team. This fourth edition expands the learning and research so educators can ensure every student succeeds.”

Janel Keating, author and educational presenter

Learning by Doing has informed my decisions as a school leader since the first edition was released. It continues to inspire and instruct educators to engage in highly effective processes to support improved student learning within the ever-changing world of education.”

Steve McLaughlin, superintendent, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, California

Learning by Doing has been a game changer for so many schools, helping them go beyond theory to get to the actions needed to become PLCs. This fourth edition updated for the current climate in education is truly an example of ongoing learning impacting practice.”

Jasmine K. Kullar, chief school leadership officer, Cobb County School District, Georgia

“As an education leader, I always appreciate the philosophical why and pedagogical why; it’s easy, however, to get lost in both without application. Learning by Doing connects the why to implementation so educators can move the needle for all students.”

Elizabeth Sisson, principal, El Dorado High School, California

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