Reviving Professional Learning Communities: Strength through Diversity, Conflict, Teamwork, and Structure

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R&L Education, Nov 29, 2012 - Education - 164 pages
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A Professional Learning Community is undeniably one of the most effective processes out there for improving student achievement, as well a school’s overarching culture and climate. With such widespread notoriety, though, there has been a dilution of the true essence of the term. Understanding of what a Professional Learning Community is varies from one district to another, from one school to another, even from one educator to another. It’s about time for a resurrection. Reviving Professional Learning Communities does exactly that through the lens of a simple framework called, the 4S Approach. This new development helps practitioners build thriving learning communities through: (1) recognition and validation of each staff member’s unique points of view, (2) natural conflict that accompanies the assorted viewpoints, (3) healthy teamwork, and (4) effective systems. Sprinkled throughout the book are also 32 practical, high-leverage strategies that are easy to understand and simple to put into practice right away. This book will most certainly help answer the perennial question: How do we achieve a genuine Professional Learning Community?
 

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Contents

The Interview
1
A Brief History of Professional Learning Communities
9
Standpoint
15
Struggle
47
Solidarity
77
Structure
107
Bibliography
145
About the Authors
149
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Perry P. Wiseman is currently a director for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, working closely with principals and teachers reaching at-risk students who fall through the cracks in the public educational system. He is former school principal, founder of the educational consulting firm WiseFoundations (www.wisefoundations.com), and author of the book, Strong Schools, Strong Leaders.

Hector Arroyo, Jr. works at Western University Health Sciences in Pomona as a Learning Skills Specialist. In this position he collaborates with administration, faculty, and mentors to help graduate students overcome the challenges of medical school.

Nicholas R. Richter is a high school principal with 13 years of experience in education. He started his educational career as a high school mathematics teacher. Nick successfully found ways to relate a difficult subject to students and even had a little fun doing it.

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