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The Foundation for Change

Focusing on the Four Pillars of a PLC at Work®

By: Jonathan G. Vander Els, Joshua Ray

In this book, the authors provide the guidance and resources for schools to use the four pillars as the root of their PLC process. Discover strategies and tools to audit your mission statement, understand the role of a guiding coalition, and create collective commitments.

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Build the foundation for successful school improvement.

In their haste to help students, many schools often gloss over the foundational work of professional learning communities (PLCs). In The Foundation for Change, educators learn how to transform their school’s mission, vision, values, and goals to frame the mindsets and actions in a PLC that lead to school improvement and high levels of learning for all.

This book helps K–12 teachers, leaders, and administrators:

  • Follow the journey of one school as it moves through the steps of the PLC at Work® process
  • Understand how educators can contribute to developing and integrating the four pillars into classroom practice
  • Clarify the role of the guiding coalition in implementing the four pillars as the foundation for changing school culture
  • Reflect on chapter content with end-of-chapter questions for deeper learning
  • Gain practical templates, charts, and other reproducible tools and resources

Related Topics

LeadershipProfessional Learning Communities at Work®Professional Learning CommunitiesSchool Improvement


Additional Information

Product Code: BKG113, EKF658

ISBN: 9781954631977

Published By: Solution Tree

“In The Foundation for Change, authors Jon Vander Els and Joshua Ray masterfully explain the pivotal role of mission, values, collective commitments, and goals in shaping the future of schools. With firsthand insight and practical wisdom, this book serves as a guiding compass for educators and administrators navigating the foundational pillars of professional learning communities. As an administrator engaged in the PLC process for over fifteen years, this book brought me back to center and gave me the tools and strategies to help move my staff to a deeper level of commitment to our students and community. This book is a blueprint for building schools that inspire, empower, and ensure learning for all. A must-read for anyone committed to driving positive change and transforming practice in your school.”

Joanne Simons, principal of New Franklin Elementary School, New Hampshire

The Foundation for Change is a compelling and indispensable resource for any educational leader who desires to cultivate a truly impactful, collaborative school environment. The authors expertly unpack complex concepts into practical, actionable strategies that readers can implement immediately. A definite must-read for leaders and school teams who are ready for their school to become a high-functioning PLC that fosters learning for all!”

Faith Short, principal, East Pointe Elementary, Arkansas

“In The Foundation for Change, the authors remind us that in the critical work of reculturing schools as professional learning communities, we must not forget that schools must begin with a focus on mission, vision, values, and goals. Any effort toward developing a PLC culture will be on shaky ground without these essential and foundational elements in place.”

Eric Twadell, superintendent, Adlai E. Stevenson School District, Illinois

The Foundation for Change takes teams and teachers through a guided process to establish a solid foundation through the four pillars of a PLC at Work. Through a variety of real-world scenarios and applicable strategies, teams will learn to embrace the changes necessary to ensure that all students learn at high levels.”

Maria Nielsen, author and educational presenter

“Any school that wants to deeply embrace the PLC process must collectively discuss and come to consensus around their purpose, future, and commitments. The Foundation for Change provides great clarity on both why and how. Pillar by pillar, they help the reader understand how to utilize a school’s guiding coalition to discuss, write, and embrace a shared mission, vision, collective commitments, and goals. This is an absolute must-read for any school leader!”

Jon Yost, former associate superintendent of Sanger Unified School District, California

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