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Teaching Students to Be Responsible With PLCs

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In a blog post last year called Do PLCs Enable Students to Act Irresponsibly? (February 16, 2010), I presented the premise that schools should do more than hope students act responsibly but rather should put procedures in place to require students to do so. I acknowledged that almost all educators would prefer that students act responsibly because responsible behavior is important to their success in school and in life. I also suggested that regrettably, some of the students who enter our schools do not act responsibly. Read more

Riverside County Office of Education Uses PLCs to Support Special Education

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The Riverside County Office of Education was awarded the 2010 Golden Bell Award for the implementation of professional learning communities to support students with severe disabilities. The . . . Read more

Stults Road Elementary’s PLC Journey: An Overview

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Since the implementation of the professional learning community (PLC) movement in 2005, Stults Road Elementary has developed a shared vision and mission. As the Stults Road Community, we are . . . Read more

How Low Can You Go?

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Our state legislature recently passed three major educational reform bills. The first one significantly restricts collective bargaining by local unions. The second mandates a pay for performance model based on school-wide achievement, and the third requires increased use of technology and online learning for high school students. Other than the pay-for-performance bill, introduction of these bills was done without input from educators or stakeholders. Read more

Assessing Your School’s PLC Progress

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“What should we do next?” is a question I frequently hear as a PLC consultant. But without data, I can’t answer this question. I have to understand where a school is on the PLC . . . Read more

Using Moodle to Enhance Your PLC

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Over the past two years, I have been facilitating the PLC and common assessment work with the Bismarck Public Schools in western North Dakota. They are a cutting edge district with strong leadership at the top and committed principals at the 25 individual campuses, accompanied by a world-class Career and Tech Academy. Read more

Calling All Wisconsin PLCs

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In a recent story, Teachers Voice Concern Over Budget Cuts, NPR spoke with several teachers about proposed budget cuts in Wisconsin, California, and Ohio. One of the interviewees was Allison Pratt… Read more

Teaching vs. Learning: How Assessment Informs Instruction

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One of the most overlooked and understated aspects of the common formative assessment process and the role these assessments play in a professional learning community has to be the degree to which . . . Read more

New Study Highlights Importance of Collaborative Inquiry

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A study from the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), published last November, offers school perspectives on the benefits of New York City’s data-informed collaborative inquiry process. Since 2006, policymakers have been refining a citywide collaborative inquiry model in which… Read more

Prerequisites for Standards-Based Reporting

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As we work with schools and teams that are doing the work associated with implementing professional learning community concepts and practices, we are often asked, “Don’t we need to . . . Read more

From the PLC Summit: DuFour’s New Assessment Resource

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Rick DuFour kicked off day two of the Summit here in Phoenix with the release of a new assessment resource called a Data Analysis Protocol (PDF). It’s a worksheet that teams can use to ensure . . . Read more

Congratulations Marc Johnson! 2011 AASA Superintendent of the Year

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Earlier today we featured the great success of the Sanger Unified School District. Sanger was chosen by the DuFours because in 2003, Superintendent Marc Johnson had a vision—to improve . . . Read more

Districtwide Implementation of the PLC Process: Sanger Unified School District

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When Sanger USD in Sanger, California, was placed in Program Improvement because of consistently low student achievement, Superintendent Marcus Johnson made it clear that the strategy… Read more

New Article: Teacher Collaboration Can’t Be Voluntary

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In a new article, "Work Together: But Only if You Want To," published in the February issue of Phi Delta Kappan, Rick DuFour argues that collaboration among educators cannot be a . . . Read more

From Lowest in District to Best in State: Lakeridge Junior High School

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In 2002, Lakeridge Junior High in Orem, Utah, was the lowest performing junior high school in the Alpine School District. When the staff committed to full implementation of the PLC process, student achievement began… Read more