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The Brilliance in the Building

Effecting Change in Urban Schools With the PLC at Work® Process

By: Bo Ryan

This essential guide for urban teachers and leaders delivers field-tested strategies for supporting successful Professional Learning Communities at Work®. Learn how to use the “brilliance in the building” and implement specific action steps to reach high levels of student achievement.

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Essential guide for teachers in urban schools to make a positive impact on student learning

Meet any challenge, any day, with clarity, competence, and confidence. Written with the needs of urban educators in mind, this essential guide shares specific action steps and ready-to-use tools for supporting successful Professional Learning Communities at Work®. From scheduling teacher collaboration time to using data to inform high-quality instruction, author Bo Ryan delivers field-tested practices that lead to high levels of student achievement.

Collaborative teams will:

  • Access excellent, data-backed reproducibles
  • Make immediate changes that positively impact student learning
  • Realize the value in the resources you have and leverage them
  • Gain insight into the PLC at Work process
  • Reflect on your own personal mindsets and ways you personally can improve

Related Topics

Diversity & EquityLeadershipProfessional Learning Communities at Work®Professional Learning Communities


Additional Information

Product Code: BKG077, EKF622

ISBN: 9781954631236

Published By: Solution Tree

Page Count: 208

“As a former urban educator, I truly appreciate this book. Urban schools, like other schools, have their own unique challenges and strengths. The Brilliance in the Building provides specific guidance on how the PLC at Work process can both address the challenges of urban education and enhance its assets simultaneously. Bo Ryan shares not only theory, but also a wealth of practical insight and strategies that have made him and his school so successful.”

Anthony Muhammad, educational presenter and author

“Bo Ryan provides a blueprint for how to build and improve a PLC by tapping into the knowledge and passion of the collective group—the ‘brilliance in the building.’ A must-read resource for anyone looking to transform their urban school, or any school.”

Evelyn Mendoza-Overton, principal, María C. Colón Sánchez Elementary School, Hartford, Connecticut

“Bo Ryan has created an invaluable resource for building administrators and PLC leaders that is full of research and strategies made actionable with many excellent tools for implementation and reflection on current reality.”

Peter Sanchioni, superintendent, Tiverton Public Schools, Rhode Island

“I love how Bo Ryan makes the case for leveraging the collective expertise of staff in the service of excellence in urban schools. And while he addresses some of the unique characteristics and challenges of education in urban schools, he doesn't cast them as broken or in need of ‘special treatment.’ If you strip the jargon around urban schools, what you're left with is a mission-driven leader advocating for excellent systems, growth mindset, and purposeful practice.”

Ken Williams, educational presenter and author, Unfold the Soul

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