For over a decade I have seen the power of Professional Learning Communities as it improves the professional practice of collaboration and raising student achievement and for over a decade I have witnessed the practice of differentiated instruction to engage the student in his or her learning through multiple modalities. This book provides clarity with common sense approaches and offers practical activities to marry the practice of differentiated instruction into the Professional Learning Community model. --Paul Farmer, Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Associate, Fairfax, Virginia
Fogarty and Pete s work dovetails seamlessly with Professional Learning Communities. They clearly understand and acknowledge the power and impact of the collaborative culture, which is what Professional Learning Communities address. Through this lens of effective collaboration, they provide us with a good balance of research-based best practice, and easily accessed practical strategies for embedding differentiation as a part of daily instruction. Their approach demystifies differentiated instruction, setting teachers up to improve upon their instructional practice, which leads to our ultimate mission, high levels of learning for all students. --Kenneth Williams, author and speaker, Unfold the Soul, Tyrone, Georgia
This excellent, must-read resource fills in a necessary piece for supporting differentiated instruction using professional learning communities. The important task of planning effective instruction to meet the individual needs of today's learners is often met successfully by educators working in collaborative sessions. This "how to" resource gives manageable implementation tools for educator teams to plan instruction through productive community conversations. --Carolyn Chapman, educational consultant, Thomson, Georgia
About the Author
Robin J. Fogarty, PhD, is president of Robin Fogarty & Associates, a Chicago-based, minority-owned, educational publishing and consulting company. Her doctorate is in curriculum and human resource development from Loyola University of Chicago. A leading proponent of the thoughtful classroom, Robin has trained educators throughout the world in curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies. She has taught at all levels, from kindergarten to college, served as an administrator, and consulted with state departments and ministries of education in the United States, Puerto Rico, Russia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Great Britain, Singapore, Korea, and the Netherlands. Robin has published articles in Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, and the Journal of Staff Development and is currently co-authoring the PDK Online Discussion Guide. She is the author of numerous publications, including Brain-Compatible Classrooms, Ten Things New Teachers Need, Literacy Matters, How to Integrate the Curricula, Close the Achievement Gap, Informative Assessment: When It s Not About a Grade, Twelve Brain Principles That Make the Difference, and Nine Best Practices That Make the Difference. Her recent work includes the two-book leadership series, From Staff Room to Classroom. Brian M. Pete is cofounder of Robin Fogarty & Associates, an educational consulting and publishing company. He comes from a family of educators college professors, school superintendents, teachers, and teachers of teachers. He has a rich background in professional development. Brian has worked in, and taped classroom teachers and professional experts in, schools throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. He has an eye for the teachable moment and the words to describe what he sees as skillful teaching. Brian s educational videos include Best Practices: Classroom Management and Best Practices: Active Learning Classrooms. He is co-author of five books: Data Driven Decisions, Twelve Brain Principles That Make the Difference, Nine Best Practices That Make the Difference, The Adult Learner, and A Look at Transfer. His most recent publications target change agents in the schools: From Staff Room to Classroom: A Guide to Planning and Coaching Professional Learning and From Staff Room to Classroom II: The One-Minute Professional Development Planner. In addition, Brian is co-authoring the PDK Online Discussion Guide.