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Better Decisions and Greater Impact by Design



June 2019 | 216 pages | Corwin
What makes a powerful and results-driven Professional Learning Community (PLC)? The answer is collaborative work that expands the emphasis on student learning and leverages individual teacher efficacy into collective teacher efficacy. 

PLC+: Better Decisions and Greater Impact by Design calls for strong and effective PLCs plus—and that plus is YOU. Until now, the PLC movement has been focused almost exclusively on students and what they were or were not learning.  But keeping student learning at the forefront requires that we also recognize the vital role that you play in the equation of teaching and learning. This means that PLCs must take on two additional challenges: maximizing your individual expertise, while harnessing the power of the collaborative expertise you can develop with your peers. 

PLC+ is grounded in four cross-cutting themes—a focus on equity of access and opportunity, high expectations for all students, a commitment to building individual self-efficacy and the collective efficacy of the professional learning community and effective team activation and facilitation to move from discussion to action. The PLC+ framework supports educators in considering five essential questions as they work together to improve student learning:  
  1. Where are we going?
  2. Where are we now?
  3. How do we move learning forward?
  4. What did we learn today?
  5. Who benefited and who did not benefit?

The PLC+ framework leads educators to question practices as well as outcomes. It broadens the focus on student learning to encompass educational equity and teaching efficacy, and, in doing so, it leads educators to plan and implement learning communities that maximize individual expertise while harnessing the power of collaborative efficacy.

 
List of Videos
 
About the Authors
 
Acknowledgments
 
INTRODUCTION
So What Is a PLC?

 
The Story Behind PLCs

 
Adding the Examination of Teaching Practice to the PLC Story

 
The Five Key Questions

 
What You Will Find in This Book

 
 
1. PLC+: The Plus Is YOU
Teacher Credibility and Efficacy: The Foundation of the Strong PLC+

 
Facilitating Collaboration: Making the Plus Count

 
Building Collective Efficacy

 
The Hope for the PLC+

 
Conclusion

 
 
2. Question 1: Where Are We Going?
The Story Behind the Question

 
A PLC+ Team in Action

 
Analyzing the Standard(s)/Curriculum Expectations

 
The Role of Teacher Clarity in “Where Are We Going?”

 
Developing Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

 
It’s Not Just High School English

 
Moving Beyond a Single Day

 
Autonomy in Teaching

 
The Professional Learning of a PLC+

 
Conclusion

 
 
3. Question 2: Where Are We Now?
The Story Behind the Question

 
A PLC+ Team in Action

 
Deficit Thinking

 
Initial Assessments

 
Analyzing for Equity Gaps

 
Data Collection

 
Data Analysis Protocols

 
Addressing Bias in Data Collection and Analysis

 
Identifying the Common Challenge

 
Conclusion

 
 
4. Question 3: How Do We Move Learning Forward?
The Story Behind the Question

 
A PLC+ Team in Action

 
Evidence-Based Instructional Practices

 
Assignment Analysis

 
Compensatory and Adaptive Approaches

 
Moving Teacher Learning Forward

 
Learning Walks

 
Using Microteaching to Improve Teaching and Learning

 
Conclusion

 
 
5. Question 4: What Did We Learn Today?
The Story Behind the Question

 
A PLC+ Team in Action

 
Reflection

 
Expert Noticing

 
Common Assessments as Triggers for Reflection

 
Determining Impact of Instruction

 
Progress Versus Achievement

 
Conclusion

 
 
6. Question 5: Who Benefited and Who Did Not Benefit?
The Story Behind the Question

 
A PLC+ Team in Action

 
Equity Audit

 
Response to Intervention

 
Universal Screening and Ongoing Assessment

 
High-Quality Tier 1 Instruction

 
Supplemental and Intensive Interventions

 
Meeting the Needs of All Learners

 
The Professional Learning of PLC+

 
Conclusion

 
 
7. The Next Question in the PLC+ Framework
After the Fifth Question

 
Beyond a Single PLC+

 
 
References
 
Index

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Table of Contents

Introduction


Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College having been an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit, an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE, as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education. He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design as well as books, such as PLC+: Better Decisions and... More About Author

Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She has been a special education teacher, reading specialist, and administrator in public schools. Nancy has engaged in Professional Learning Communities as a member and in designing schoolwide systems to improve teaching and learning for all students. She has published numerous books, including The Teacher Clarity Playbook and Rigorous Reading.  More About Author

John Taylor Almarode

Learn more about John Almarode's PD offeringsDr. John Almarode has worked with schools, classrooms, and teachers all over the world.  John began his career teaching mathematics and science in Augusta County to a wide range of students.  Since then, he has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the application of the science of learning to the classroom, school, and home environments.  He has worked with hundreds of school districts and thousands of teachers.  In addition to his time in PreK – 12 schools and classrooms, he is an Associate Professor and Executive Director of Teaching and Learning in the... More About Author

Karen T. Flories

Karen T. Flories has 15 years of experience in education including special education and high school English teaching, as well as serving in the role of Literacy Director and Executive Director of Educational Services.  She is currently a full time Professional Learning consultant for Corwin.  More About Author

David T. Nagel

Dave Nagel is an international educational consultant and researcher. His educational career started as a mid­dle school science and high school biology teacher. His administrative experiences involved being a middle school assistant principal, high school associate princi­pal, and director of extended day and credit recovery programs. In his former district, Dave was instrumental in implementing power standards and performance assessments. He was honored numerous times as a “Senior Choice” winner, with graduating seniors selecting him as someone who dramatically affected their life in a positive way.His efforts in augmenting and... More About Author

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