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Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Learning Communities

Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Learning Communities

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November 2013 | 128 pages | Corwin

Part of a groundbreaking 7-book series, co-developed by Learning Forward and Corwin, this book closes the "knowing-doing" gap by guiding educational leaders through the process for implementing the Learning Forward Standard for Professional Learning: Learning Communities.


Tackling the Learning Communities standard, it provides:

  • Original essays written by leading experts in the field to promote deeper understandings of the meaning of the Learning Communities standard
  • An array of templates, tools, and protocols to help you design and delivery quality professional learning in your own district or school
  • Case studies of districts "getting it right" and educators who have realized the promise of effective professional learning.
Stephanie Hirsh
Introduction to the Series
The Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning
The Learning Communities Standard
About the Series Editors
About the Contributors
Ann Lieberman and Lynne Miller
1. Unpacking Professional Learning Communities: Getting From Here to There
Shirley M. Hord and Patricia Roy
2. Creating Learning Communities
Valerie von Frank
3. The Case Study

Sample Materials & Chapters


Shirley Moos Hord

Shirley M. Hord, PhD, is the scholar laureate of Learning Forward (previously National Staff Development Council), following her retirement as Scholar Emerita at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in Austin, Texas. There she directed the Strategies for Increasing Student Success Program. She continues to design and coordinate professional development activities related to educational change and improvement, school leadership, and the creation of professional learning communities. Her early roles as elementary school classroom teacher and university science education faculty at The University of Texas at Austin were followed... More About Author

Patricia Ann Roy

Dr. Patricia Roy is a Senior Consultant with Learning Forward’s Center for Results. She works with state departments of education, districts, and schools across the United States as well as internationally. Most recently, she developed briefings and a resource guide to help schools use results from the revised Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI2) to improve professional learning. She has authored many articles and chapters on effective professional development,  school improvement, innovation configuration maps, and cooperative learning. In her work with Learning Forward, Pat developed professional learning resource toolkits for... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452291833
$ 22.95