Learning by Doing
A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work®
The third edition of this comprehensive action guide includes new strategies, tools, and tips for building high-performing professional learning communities. Use the PLC process to establish effective teaching methods, curriculum development, and assessment strategies specific to your school or district.
An Actionable Guide to Implementing the PLC Process in Your School or District
Discover how to close the knowing-doing gap and transform your school or district into a high-performing professional learning community (PLC). The powerful third edition of this comprehensive action guide from experts Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, Thomas W. Many, and Mike Mattos updates and expands on new and significant PLC topics. Explore fresh strategies, tools, and tips for hiring and retaining new staff, creating team-developed common formative assessment, implementing systematic interventions, and more.
Learn how to establish professional learning communities in schools:
- Build a shared knowledge of critical vocabulary and the concepts underlying the PLC process.
- Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools necessary to model effective reciprocal accountability and collective teacher efficacy.
- Make honest assessments of your school and teaching methods by examining conventional practices from a fresh, critical perspective.
- Take immediate and specific steps to close the knowing-doing gap.
- Move beyond creating an action plan for school improvement, and start doing.
Changes for the third edition:
- Two new chapters: One on team-developed common formative assessment strategies and the second on hiring, orienting, and retaining staff members for your PLC
- A stronger focus on districtwide PLC implementation and avoiding common mistakes related to the PLC process
- New insight into clarifying the essential standards necessary in a guaranteed and viable curriculum by establishing a collective understanding of best practices in teaching
- Suggestions for incorporating a focus on learning and deeper knowledge, as opposed to simple recall of information, into curriculum development and teacher-made assessments
- A deeper and more thorough examination of RTI (MTSS) interventions by coauthor Mike Mattos, a leading expert on intervention
- Explicit PLC tools and templates that high-performing districts have used
- An updated research base, including more than one hundred new references and professional learning community examples
- A shift in focus from why educators should implement the PLC process to steps to take immediately in the implementation process
See also, the companion book, Concise Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Professional Learning Communities at Work™, that provides readers with quick answers to help them move beyond specific problems in PLC implementation.
Product Code: BKF746
Published By: Solution Tree
Page Count: 304
“Our districtwide success in improving student academic achievement has been a remarkable journey. Learning by Doing has been our road atlas and the PLC concept our GPS as our staff members have built their collective capacity to meet the needs of all students.”
“Learning by Doing is not only the title of an incredibly powerful book, it is also the description of our districts journey over the last five years. Without a doubt, the establishment of PLCs as a district and the deepening of our collaborative culture have had the single greatest impact on student achievement of any of the initiatives we have implemented. It has changed who we are, how we work and, most importantly, our outcomes. Learning by Doing has been our guidebook on the journey and helped us to understand and move from knowing to doing and finally being a professional learning community. I encourage you, read this book and answer the call to action. Once you begin the journey, you will never go back!”
Are we true students of this important work or are we educators who think by using the terms, acronyms and jargon it makes us look like we know it! These are workbooks friends not shelfbooks! Do you refer to them early and always? @SolutionTree @SolutionTreeAU @SolutionTree_CA pic.twitter.com/rxrH39z14r— Brian Butler (@bkbutler_brian) February 1, 2019
This is the anchor to all of my work! Has been for the past 14 years! Getting some reading in on my early morning flight to LA!@SolutionTree @SolutionTreeAU #atplc @mikemattos65 @tmany96 pic.twitter.com/crXpv2KifG— Brian Butler (@bkbutler_brian) January 21, 2018
SUPER EXCITED to begin this book study at @RedHawk_ES with our amazing Team as we continue down the path of Excellence By Design in deeply developing our PLC Process! @SVVSDsupt @SolutionTree @NatlBlueRibbon #atplc #nebedchat #svvsdchat #edchatie #edchat @ctimbrown @mikemattos65 pic.twitter.com/Hp1x0BSIWk— Tim Garcia (@garcia_tl1968) January 11, 2018
I have come to the conclusion after rereading this book another time that I can’t underline another word, highlight another phrase, or sticky note or fold any pages!! I just love this book! Thank you @SolutionTree @SolutionTreeAU @mikemattos65 #atPLC pic.twitter.com/4UZ0fpqf7P— Bo Ryan (@bo_PLC) February 17, 2018