Guiding Professional Learning Communities (häftad)
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Häftad (Paperback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
240
Utgivningsdatum
2009-12-22
Upplaga
1
Förlag
Corwin
Medarbetare
Roussin, Jim / Sommers, William A.
Illustrationer
Illustrations, ports.
Dimensioner
277 x 213 x 18 mm
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658 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9781412972710

Guiding Professional Learning Communities

Inspiration, Challenge, Surprise, and Meaning

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"To improve teaching quality and student learning outcomes, someone has to take the reins and lead the effort with intelligence, skill, sensitivity, and a clear sense of purpose. This book offers the 'why' and 'how' to those willing to take on the challenge to accomplish that goal."
Thomas R. Guskey, Professor of Educational Psychology
University of Kentucky

"This book places 'learning in community' at the forefront of PLC work. The authors provide a treasure trove of cognitively engaging learning opportunities that build a communal knowledge base."
Diane Zimmerman, Superintendent
Old Adobe Union School District, Petaluma, CA

"Too often PLCs are treated as events. The authors of this fine book make clear that an authentic PLC is about embracing a form of leadership and learning in schools that requires fearless examination of teaching practices, faculty interactions, and student learning toward the goal of increased successful student learning. The book is rich with information, resources, and learning activities revealing how this can be accomplished."
Robert J. Garmston, Cofounder, Institute for Intelligent Behavior
Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento

The how-to guide for developing, implementing, and sustaining a PLC!

Shirley M. Hord and William A. Sommers' best-selling book Leading Professional Learning Communities introduced educators to the research-based components of an effective professional learning community (PLC). Now this implementation handbook offers more than 30 structured "learning opportunities" to help busy educators put the components into practice.

Ideal as a companion to the original book but also valuable as a standalone resource, this sequel guides educators in developing a new PLC or sustaining an existing one. Members of PLCs can use the engaging learning opportunities to facilitate individual and team development by exploring:
  • Beliefs, values, and vision
  • Shared leadership
  • Structural conditions
  • Relational conditions
  • Intentional learning
  • Sharing personal practice
Guiding Professional Learning Communities is a rich field guide for increasing and enhancing teaching quality through the power of educators learning together.
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Although research on the effectiveness of professional learning communities (PLCs) can best described as mixed, one thing is clear: they accomplish nothing without strong, knowledgeable, and courageous leadership. To improve teaching quality and student learning outcomes, someone has to take the reins and lead the effort with intelligence, skill, sensitivity, and a clear sense of purpose. This book offers the why and the how to those willing to take on the challenge.

"One weekend morning, I sat down with my cup of coffee to read a book, and much to my delight, two hours later, I had not read a book, but rather mapped out a learning plan for an entire year. The best gift of all, everything I will need is right here in this book. When you sit down to read this book, make sure you have a calendar at your side. Get ready to go on a shopping spree of ideas; like all good shoppers choose wisely, for there is no way you can possibly use all of the ideas in this book in one year. I assure you, you will not have buyers remorse!"

Too often PLCs are treated as events. The authors of this fine book make clear that an authentic PLC is neither an event nor a name. It is about embracing a form of leadership and learning in schools that requires fearless examination of teaching practices, faculty interactions, and student learning toward the goal of increased successful student learning. The book is so rich with information, resources, and learning activities revealing how this can be accomplished that it could serve as syllabus for a graduate course in school improvement.

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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 by her appointment as co-director of Research on the Improvement Process at the Research and Development Center for Teacher Education at The University of Texas at Austin. There she administered and conducted research on school improvement and the role of school leaders in school change.

She served as a fellow of the National Center for Effective Schools Research and Development and was U.S. representative to the Foundation for the International School Improvement Project, an international effort that develops research, training, and policy initiatives to support local school improvement practices.

In addition to working with educators at all levels across the U.S. and Canada, Hord makes presentations and consults in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Mexico.

Her current interests focus on the creation and functioning of educational organizations as learning communities and the role of leaders who serve such organizations. Dr. Hord is the author of numerous articles and books, of which a selection of the most recent are: Implementing Change: Patterns, Principles, and Potholes, 3rd ed (with Gene E. Hall, 2011); Reclaiming Our Teaching Profession: The Power of Educators Learning in Community (with Edward F. Tobia, 2012); A Playbook for Professional Learning: Putting the Standards Into Action (with Stephanie Hirsh, 2012). James L. Roussin, M.A.L.S., has been committed to improving teaching and learning in schools across the US and abroad throughout his professional career. He has worked as a Language Arts Teacher, Gifted Coordinator, ESL Coordinator, Curriculum Director, Executive Director of Teaching, Learning & School Improvement, Adjunct Professor, and Educational Consultant.

Jim is currently working as a Strategic Change Consultant and is the Executive Director for Generative Learning. Website: http://www.generative-learning.com

Jim helped to revitalize the Minnesota Staff Development Council from 1998 2004 and served as its President for four of those years. He has also served as a board of trustee on the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward).

He is a teaching associate for Human Systems Dynamics (an institute that is using complexity theory to impact organizational development work). He is also a le...

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Foreword by Roland S. Barth Acknowledgments About the Authors Part I. Introduction: Things You Need to Know Before You Use This Book Part II. Words to the Wise: Before You Begin Part III. Learning Opportunities: Tools, Tasks, Deep Thinking, and a Wee Bit of Trivia Learning Opportunity 0.1: A Crisp Rationale for PLCs Learning Opportunity 0.2: Benefits to Staff and to Students: A Flamingo Dialogue Learning Opportunity 0.3: Research-Based Components of a PLC: A Jigsaw Component 1: Shared Beliefs, Values, and Vision Overview and Current Thinking Learning Opportunity 1.1: My Personal Learning Compass Learning Opportunity 1.2: Creating a Culture of Academic Optimism Learning Opportunity 1.3: Prioritized Abandonment Learning Opportunity 1.4: Discovering Our Core Values Component 2: Shared and Supportive Leadership Overview and Current Thinking Learning Opportunity 2.1: Friendly Feedback for the Principal Learning Opportunity 2.2: A Guide for Making Decisions Learning Opportunity 2.3: Learning Conversations Learning Opportunity 2.4: Planting the PLC in a Strong Culture Learning Opportunity 2.5: Positive Deviance Learning Opportunity 2.6: Distributed Leadership Component 3: Structural Conditions Overview and Current Thinking Learning Opportunity 3.1: Time and Other Essential Ingredients Learning Opportunity 3.2: Assessing the Effectiveness of PLC Meetings Learning Opportunity 3.3: Assessment for PLC Development Learning Opportunity 3.4: The Learning Community's WORK Learning Opportunity 3.5: Identifying a PLC Learning Goal Learning Opportunity 3.6: Traffic Light Indicator Component 4: Relational Conditions Overview and Current Thinking Learning Opportunity 4.1: The Importance of Trust in the PLC Learning Opportunity 4.2: Group Development Learning Opportunity 4.3: Mapping Collaborative Interactions Learning Opportunity 4.4: Relational Conditions Learning Opportunity 4.5: Building Consensus Learning Opportunity 4.6: Defusing Conflict in a PLC Component 5: Intentional Collective Learning and Its Application Overview and Current Thinking Learning Opportunity 5.1: Leadership and the Enemies of Learning Learning Opportunity 5.2: Twelve Principles for Effective Adult Learning Learning Opportunity 5.3: The PLC Action Plan Learning Opportunity 5.4: Listening Together in the PLC Learning Opportunity 5.5: Using the Stages of Concern to Connect Professional Learning to the Classroom Learning Opportunity 5.6: Using the Levels of Use (LoU) to Connect Professional Learning to the Classroom Learning Opportunity 5.7: PLC Growth Development Profile Component 6: Sharing Personal Practice Overview and Current Thinking Learning Opportunity 6.1: "Foursight" for Learning: Four Focus Areas to Consider in Monitoring for Student Learning Learning Opportunity 6.2: Four Conversations Learning Opportunity 6.3: Coaching: Transferring Adult Learning to the Classroom or What's Learned Here Leaves Here Learning Opportunity 6.4: Reflection Protocols Learning Opportunity 6.5: Video Sharing Protocol Part IV. Bringing Closure Resource A References Index