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Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (Book & CD-ROM)

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Richard DuFour is one of North America's leading authorities on bringing PLC concepts to life in the real world of schools. He has coauthored 8 books, more than 50 articles, and 3 video series on PLC concepts, principles, and practices. Rebecca DuFour has been featured in 3 video series on effective leaders and PLCs. She has coauthored 4 books and numerous articles and has consulted with educators throughout North America as they work to create PLCs in their schools and districts. Robert Eaker has been cited as one of the nation's leading experts in helping educators translate research into practice. He is the coauthor of 7 books and numerous articles and has helped educators around the world implement PLC practices in their schools. Thomas Many is the superintendent of Kildeer Countryside Community Consolidated School District 96 in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. He has led implementation of PLC concepts in the district, which as been recognized as one of the state's highest-achieving and lowest-spending districts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Solution Tree (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932127933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932127935
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Heidi Penke on May 30, 2007
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Professional Learning Communities are the big buzz currently. Does your school district have professional learning communities? Have you wondered where to start? Have you wondered how your professional learning communities are doing? If you've wondered about any of those, then this is the book for you.

Learning by Doing is a great handbook for administrators and teachers to use as they implement professional learning communities in their school. This handbook gives an overview of the different components of the professional learning community process. As schools implement the professional learning community process this handbook is also a useful tool to assist in self reflection and evaluation.

As a school is developing professional learning communities, this handbook is a great resource to use through the process. It begins by giving advice on how to clarify the purpose of professional learning communities, how to build collaborative teams, and how to establish team norms. The collaborative foundation is essential to the success of the professional learning communities. The professional learning communities must collaborate in order to increase student achievement.

The handbook also shares information about how to collect data, how to use the data to improve results, and how to implement interventions in order to improve student achievement. These components help the professional learning community develop strategies to help each individual learner in their classroom. Schools must develop and support a pyramid of interventions in order to meet the students' needs.

This handbook includes many useful reproducible handouts and continuums which help analyze the progress of each professional learning community.
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While I've yet to read the whole book I have flipped through several sections as I look for help on creating a learning community of teacher-librarians in my school district. Reading the whole book will have to wait for summer and I think it will give me a great start on next year.
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Could every school run like this, please? This book lays out a structure for school management that is highly practical and thoughtful. I made the mistake of lending it to my head of school thinking he would change his ways. Alas, it never worked as I don't believe he ever read it. I left teaching and he left that school.
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This is the best resource available for any school or district who is either implementing or interesting in implementing the Professional Learning Community at Work process. The real issues encountered by schools doing this work are addressed and practical advice on "next steps" is provided. It is a "must have"...
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This book will help me initiate a PLC in my country to have teachers work in collaboration in order to satisfy their students' needs. We will have a strong professional learning community that will involve the administration and the teaching staff to improve our system of education.
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Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (Second Edition)

by Richard Dufour, Rebecca Dufour, Robert Eaker, Thomas Many (2010)

The second edition of Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work is a significant rewrite from the first edition of 2006. The first edition is 235 pages and the second is 281 pages. A number of the pages were rewritten and some were relocated. Chapter Eight "Implementing the PLC Process Districtwide" is new. Dufour et. al. have introduced "Implementation Stage" along the PLC continuum. This will be helpful to guide learning leaders as they implement an authentic PLC.

A welcome innovation found in this book is that the CD enclosed in the first edition is not included. Rather readers may go online to go.solution-tree.com/PLCbooks . In this way revisions and changes may be made without having to produce new CDs. In the not too distant future textbooks will not be required but rather resources for learners in our schools will be online, a twenty-first century reality.

The authors have used, with mixed effectiveness, Richard Elmore's (2006) concept of Reciprocal Accountability throughout this volume. Elmore states, "For every increment of performance I demand of you, I have an equal responsibility to provide you with the capacity to meet that expectation. Likewise, for every investment you make in my skill and knowledge, I have a reciprocal responsibility to demonstrate some new increment in performance (p. 93)." The employers of teachers are the first adopters of commercial PLCs. It is easy sometimes to overlook their responsibility to support teachers by developing teacher capacity to work as authentic professional learning communities.
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Learning by Doing should be the consummate staff development guide for all schools. Creating a common language, the right language, about PLC's is what needs to happen to get all of the arrows going in the right direction in any educational environment on any initiative. I look forward to implementing it with my new school!
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