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Common Core Implementation in a PLC - Part 1 of 3

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A new school year has begun—the 33rd new school year for me. Every year holds great anticipation and excitement as we welcome back students. I finally stopped having the recurring nightmare of sleeping in on the first day of school or coming to school in my pajamas... Read more

Leadership and the PLC

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Anyone who has ever worked to implement the professional learning community process knows just how challenging the work can be. Finding time for teachers to collaborate is challenging. The work associated with creating common pacing guides... Read more

Who Is Steering Your School’s Bus?

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In Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work™, the authors comment on common mistakes made in attempting to build consensus around a new vision of learning: “It is a . . . Read more

Modeling Reflective Leadership in Your PLC

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As a leader of learners, do you ever wonder if you are providing the leadership your staff wants? You have dedicated time to address the culture in your PLC and established clarity on expectations of staff and students... Read more

Thriving Inside the Creative Tension

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Today, a tension exists in professional learning communities that are striving to do what’s best for students and learning: teachers feel caught between the desire to do more with formative . . . Read more

What If Efficacy Did Not Matter in Schools?

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What if efficacy did not matter in schools or on the PLC journey? What if we focused exclusively on the knowledge and skill set of every individual on a team? In the sports world... Read more

Creating and Supporting High-Performing PLCs: One District’s Journey

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The state of Florida has 21 national model schools of PLCs at Work™ listed under the “PLC Locator” tab on the allthingsplc.info website. 20 of these 21 schools are located in one . . . Read more

Are We Educational Hoarders?

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In this age of reality shows, many people’s lives become transparent to the world. One of those shows is "Hoarders." This is a show in which a person’s gathering and keeping . . . Read more

PLC Team Efficacy: If We Think We Can, Can We?

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You’ve probably heard the saying, “If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t. You’re always right!” (Not sure who originated that saying, but mothers everywhere seem to have adopted it!)... Read more

Collaboration on a Broader Scale: Partnering With Higher Education to Build Capacity

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One of the three big ideas of a professional learning community is building a collaborative culture. We build collaborative teams and relationships within our organizations to increase our . . . Read more

What Teachers Need, Part 2

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Teachers need to work in collaborative teams with their colleagues. Yet, traditionally teachers have worked in isolation. Never before in the history of American public education have teachers been asked—in fact, directed—to ensure higher learning... Read more

Creating Buy-In for PLCs

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It is not unusual to have persons excited about the professional learning community concept but express concern that others will not “buy-in.” Educators not buying into research-based . . . Read more

Classroom Observation Drives Instructional Practices

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Moving instructional practices forward at a school site can be a daunting task. Ask any principal, team leader, or department chair how easy it is to motivate colleagues to row in the same . . . Read more

10 Steps to Creating a PLC Culture

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As a Solution Tree associate for the last 7 years, I have had the privilege of working with many groups of educators as they try to develop their professional learning community (PLC). One of the . . . Read more

In a PLC, Leadership Is Not Lonely!

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Even though some students learn regardless of the teacher assigned to them, we know that strong teachers impact the learning of all students. Can the same be said for teachers and leaders? Even . . . Read more