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Professional Learning Communities by Design

Professional Learning Communities by Design
Putting the Learning Back Into PLCs

July 2011 | 304 pages | Corwin
This practical guide to the successful implementation of Professional Learning Communities is focused on the intentional learning and actions of teachers who wish to help struggling students succeed and narrow achievement gaps. The author includes a range of professional learning designs, protocols, and tools that can be applied to various PLC contexts. Each chapter includes an installment of a realistic and meaningful case narrative that describes what happens as faculty members work toward improving learning for all students.
Foreword by Shirley Hord
About the Author
1. Setting the Stage for PLCs (June and July)
2. Finding Initial Structures (August)
3. Pursuing the Need to Know; Making Sense of Data (August - October)
4. Finding Processes for Working Together (November - December)
5. Appreciating New Data; Discovering Divergence (January - March)
6. Grappling with Change; Pursuing Protocols (March and April)
7. Expanding Context; Focusing on the Future (May and June)
8. Exploring Leadership and Taking Action (June and August)
9. Looking Ahead; Facing Challenges (June and August)

"Professional Learning Communities by Design is very user-friendly and clearly identifies the rationale, implementation, and ongoing processes for PLCs. The relevancy and practical guidelines will be appreciated by all practitioners. The link to Learning Forward is very evident and practitioners will appreciate the connections made."

Terri Patterson, Executive Director of Elementary Education and Professional Development
Waco Independent School District, TX

"This book provides the practitioner with a step-by-step guide for establishing and benefitting from professional learning communities. The author has provided an extensive literature review and an excellent array of tools that can equip initial PLCs with an advanced starting point towards enhancing student learning."

R. Daniel Cunningham Jr., Executive Director
EXCELerator Solutions, Bala Cynwyd, PA

"This book thoughtfully outlines a long-term journey toward developing true Professional Learning Communities. The refreshing approach personalizes the PLC process, and the charts and other information it provides are gold mines."

Claudia J. Thompson, Executive Director of Curriculum and Professional Development
Peninsula School District, Gig Harbor, WA

"This book outlines an excellent PLC model over a year, including how a school can begin and develop an implementation process for an effective and productive PLC that engages most of the faculty. The process involves input from students, parents, and community. The book includes many useful tools, handouts, and examples on the essential components, considerations, and pitfalls to anticipate during the PLC process."


Nancy Kellogg, Education Consultant
Boulder, CO

"The book approaches a topic that many people believe they already understand in a way that will correct misconceptions and build understanding smoothly. Demonstrating the building process chronologically and providing supporting protocols throughout links practical application with tools that can be utilized immediately."

Linda C. Diaz, Director of Title I and Professional Development
Monroe County School District, Key West, FL

Great book, however it did not suit the purposes of my class.

Dr Beth Crawford
Learning and Leadership, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
July 15, 2013

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Lois E. Brown Easton

Lois Brown Easton works as a consultant, coach, and author. She is particularly interested in learning designs for adults and for students. She recently retired as director of professional development at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center, Estes Park, Colorado. A project of the American Honda Education Corporation, Eagle Rock School is a year-round, tuition-free, residential high school for students who have not experienced success in traditional academic settings. The school provides educators who visit the Professional Development Center with experiences in innovative education. As director, Easton designed and... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412987110