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Sustaining Professional Learning Communities

Sustaining Professional Learning Communities

November 2007 | 224 pages | Corwin
A concise volume packed with research and innovative ideas from today's key thinkers!

The third volume of The Soul of Educational Leadership series offers key concepts and strategies for sustaining the critically important work of professional learning communities. With contributions from Shirley Hord, Maurice Elias, Karen Seashore Louis, Andy Hargreaves, and other nationally known educators, this essential reading for all school leaders articulates a commitment to nurturing learning communities and includes discussions on:

-Leadership teams and a collaborative culture

-The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

-Multiple approaches for supporting social-emotional learning in schools

-Leadership, moral choices, and real-world realities

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Nancy Shin Pascal and Alan M. Blankstein
1. "Communities Committed to Learning": A Case Story of Building Sustainable Success
Shirley M. Hord and Stephanie A. Hirsh
2. Making the Promise a Reality
Karen Seashore Louis
3. Creating and Sustaining Professional Communities
Maurice J. Elias
4. From Model Implementation to Sustainability: A Multisite Study of Pathways to Excellence in Social-Emotional Learning and Related School Programs
James B. Vetter
5. A Leadership Team Approach to Sustaining Social and Emotional Learning
Larry Leverett
6. Pursuit of Sustainability
Joseph Aguerrebere
7. Using National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a Framework for Learning Communities
Deborah L. Wortham
8. Compelled to Create Collaborative Learning Communities
Andy Hargreaves
9. Leading Professional Learning Communities: Moral Choices Amid Murky Realities

"This resource brings together an incredible blend of leading educational thinkers. Their diverse experiences, perspectives, and wisdom will stimulate in leaders the ‘deep work’ of heart, mind, and soul essential for creating schools that continuously improve teaching, learning, and relationships in ways that benefit all members of the school community."

Dennis Sparks, Emeritus Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

"This book provides crucial insights into how leaders can make a difference in creating schools that engage every student and provide every teacher with the support and guidance they need. A must-read for leaders who want to make a difference!"

Pedro A. Noguera, Professor, New York University
Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education

“An excellent discussion of key strategies and ideas for sustaining the work of these communities. From managing transitions to sustainability issues, these articles address the heart of PLC involvement.”

California Bookwatch, April 2008
Midwest Book Review

Alan M. Blankstein

Award-winning author and educational leader, Alan Blankstein served for 25 years as President of the HOPE Foundation, which he founded and whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former “high-risk” youth, Alan began his career in education as a music teacher. He worked for Phi Delta Kappa, March of Dimes, and Solution Tree, which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years while launching Professional Learning Communities beginning in the late 1980s. He is the author of the best-selling book Failure Is Not an Option®: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools, which received the... More About Author

Paul D. Houston

Paul D. Houston has established himself as one of the leading spokespersons for American education through his extensive speaking engagements, published articles, and his regular appearances on national radio and television. Formerly executive director of the American Association of School Administrators from 1994 to 2008, Houston has served as a teacher and building administrator in North Carolina and New Jersey. He has also served as assistant superintendent in Birmingham, Alabama, and as superintendent of schools in Princeton, NJ; Tucson, AZ; and Riverside, CA. Houston has served in an adjunct capacity for the University of North... More About Author

Robert W. Cole

Robert W. Cole is proprietor and founder of Edu-Data, a firm specializing in writing, research, and publication services. He was a member of the staff of Phi Delta Kappan magazine for 14 years: assistant editor 1974-1976, managing editor 1976-1980, and editor-in-chief 1981-88. During his tenure as editor-in-chief, the Kappan earned more than 40 Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers, three of them for his editorials. Since leaving the Kappan, Cole has served as founding vice president of the Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform (1990-1994). At CLSR he managed districtwide and... More About Author

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