Leading Professional Learning Communities

Author: Shirley M. Hord
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452294259
Format: PDF, ePub
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Imagine all professionals in all schools engaged in continuous professional learning! Education experts Shirley M. Hord and William A. Sommers explore the school-based learning opportunities offered to school professionals and the principal's critical role in the creation, development, and support of an effective professional learning community (PLC). This book provides school leaders with readily accessible information to guide them in initiating and developing a PLC that supports teachers and students. Using field-tested examples, the text illustrates how this research-based school improvement model can help educators: Increase leadership capacity Embed professional development into daily work Create a positive school culture Develop accountability Boost student achievement

Leading Professional Learning Communities

Author: Shirley M. Hord
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412944775
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This research-based, step-by-step guide shows principals how to build leadership capacity, embed professional development, create a positive school culture, develop accountability, and increase student achievement.

Reculturing Schools as Professional Learning Communities

Author: Jane Bumpers Huffman
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 1461653827
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This clear and thoughtful discussion of the concept of professional learning communities covers the research, provides a self-assessment, real-life case studies, and a summary. It is a one-stop resource for educators working to build strong work teams to improve student achievement.

Reclaiming Our Teaching Profession

Author: Shirley M. Hord and Edward F. Tobia
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 0807771562
Format: PDF, Docs
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Drawing from a wealth of research and experience, this book shows educators how to use the transformative power of professional learning in community to raise the professional stature of educators. The authors, experts in their field, provide clear steps and real-school examples with a focus on collaborative adult learning for student gains, community respect, professional satisfaction, and collegial support. They examine pitfalls and distractions, and show clear images of what empowered Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) look like for teachers, administrators, and leaders at the school and district level. The authors also provide practical tools for advancing and measuring progress. This resource will help educators move from a climate of sanctions to one of mutual trust and support committed to students and dedicated to working and learning together.

Teachers Leading Educational Reform

Author: Alma Harris
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138641068
Format: PDF
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Teachers Leading Educational Reform explores the ways in which teachers across the world are currently working together in professional learning communities (PLCs) to generate meaningful change and innovation in order to transform pedagogy and practice. By discussing how teachers can work collectively and collaboratively on the issues of learning and teaching that matter to them, it argues that through collective action and collaborative agency, teachers are leading educational reform. By offering contemporary examples and perspectives on the practice, impact and sustainability of PLCs, this book takes a global, comparative view showing categorically that those educational systems that are performing well, and seek to perform well, are using PLCs as the infrastructure to support teacher-led improvement. Split into three sections that look at the macro, meso and micro aspects of how far professional collaboration is building the capacity and capability for school and system improvement, this text asks the questions: Is the PLC work authentic? Is the PLC work being implemented at a superficial or deep level? Is there evidence of a positive impact on students/teachers at the school/district/system level? Is provision in place for sustaining the PLC work? Teachers Leading Educational Reform illustrates how focused and purposeful professional collaboration is contributing to change and reform across the globe. It reinforces why teachers must be at the heart of the school reform processes as the drivers and architects of school transformation and change.

Professional Learning Communities

Author: Louise Stoll
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335230253
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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"All who are interested and concerned about educational reform and the improvement of schools will find this book a must read. It stimulates, it challenges, and it informs, such that the reader is most surely enriched by its plenitude." Dr Shirley Hord, Scholar Emerita "At last we have a book of international cases to add to the literature on networks! Policymakers and practitioners alike will find the reasons why networks are fast becoming the reform organizations of choice. The book elevates network understanding to a new level." Ann Lieberman, Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundationfor the Advancement of Teaching What is a professional learning community? What are the key challenges facing these communities and how might they be resolved? Is it time to extend our thinking about professional learning communities? There is great interest internationally in the potential of professional learning communities for enhancing educational reform efforts and sustaining improvement. This international collection expands perceptions and understanding of professional learning communities, as well as highlighting frequently neglected complexities and challenges. Drawing on research, each chapter offers a deeper understanding of topics such as distributed leadership, dialogue, organisational memory, trust, self-assessment and inquiry, and purpose linked to learning. The last section of the book focuses upon three of the most challenging dilemmas that face developing professional learning communities - developing professional learning communities in secondary school, building social capital, and sustaining professional learning communities. The authors provide pointers on why these challenges exist, offering rays of hope for ways forward. Professional Learning Communities is key international reading for education professionals, school practitioners, policymakers, academics and research students. It is a must-read for anyone interested in building capacity for sustainable learning and the ability to harness your community as a resource for change.

Learning Together Leading Together

Author: Shirley M. Hord
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807744116
Format: PDF, Docs
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Increasingly the education world is recognizing that the development of learning communities is an effective means for improving schools without increasing the budget or adding new programs. This indispensible volume offers practical advice gathered from 22 schools (elementary, middle, and high schools) that have successfully modeled or are creating professional learning communities.

Demystifying Professional Learning Communities

Author: Kristine Kiefer Hipp
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 1607090511
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book offers information, examples and case studies to clarify the concept of a professional learning community, to respond to critical issues in schools, and to support educational leaders in addressing the important mandates of accountability and school improvement.

Learning by Doing

Author: Richard DuFour
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 1935249894
Format: PDF
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Like the first edition, the second edition of Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work helps educators close the knowing-doing gap as they transform their schools into professional learning communities (PLCs).