Inspirational Stories

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Working in PLCs: Reflections on Collaboration From Australia

Background In 2010, Strathmore Secondary College elected to introduce Professional Learning Communities. On a trial basis these were teams of four or five teachers who were . . . Read more

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Recipe for Response: One School’s Strategy For Responding to Struggling Learners

Public Schools are striving to meet the needs of a far more diverse learning population. As funds dwindle each year, teachers need to find creative ways of providing meaningful, . . . Read more

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Creating a Culture of Collaboration

Moving 50+ teachers into a brand new school is a challenge on many levels. Most obvious is the challenge the principal of this school faced ensuring all staff work together as a . . . Read more

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The Journey of a Freshman Learning Community

The transition to ninth grade is challenging for many students. For Sanborn Regional High School students, their transition struggles pointed to several issues in the . . . Read more

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North Dayton School of Discovery

I started my first year as principal in 2010-2011 of North Dayton School of Discovery (NDSD) in Dayton, Ohio. This turn-around school had one year to make drastic changes or the . . . Read more

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Remediation and Celebration at Globe High School

I have been inspired by Rick DuFour's work since I first read one of his books 11 years ago as a teacher. The PLC concepts motivated me to earn my master's degree and . . . Read more

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Myrtle Hall IV: Making Strong Connections

This school year, 2011-2012, Myrtle Hall IV began their transformation from a traditional school to a PLC. This was a tough implementation, because many of the teachers did not . . . Read more

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EAGLE High School (Homewood, IL)

I am principal of Churchill School in Homewood, Illinois. Homewood School District 153 is in the southern suburbs of Chicago and serves a racially and economically diverse . . . Read more

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Focusing on Student Learning (Oskaloosa, Iowa)

We are currently in only our second year as a PLC, but by the progress we are making you might think we have been at it longer. It really is a testament to the dedicated, . . . Read more

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Jump on the Santa Fe Express!

Santa Fe Elementary opened in the fall of 2007 in Cleburne, Texas, as a new pre-K through fifth-grade campus. Located in the east part of town with 74 percent minority and 91 . . . Read more

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Winning Streaks

Washington Elementary School serves a student population of approximately 30% ELL and 90.1% receiving free and reduced lunch – the highest of any of the 20 other elementary . . . Read more

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It's Not Whether We Will Or Won't...We Must!

His name was Dylan, and he was definitely not a world-renowned educational expert. Dylan was not an educational author, researcher—not even a great student for that matter. . . . Read more

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Scheduling Nightmare with the Largest K-4 School in Arkansas

Greetings from Hope, Arkansas—home of President Bill Clinton, former Governor and Fox Contributor Mike Huckabee, the World’s Largest Watermelon and home to the . . . Read more

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Filling the Cracks: PLCs and Low Income Student Achievement

In 2008, our low income(free/reduced lunch) population was frequently the same list as our "at risk" students. Many times I found myself trying to track these students . . . Read more

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C.S. Porter Middle School (Missoula, MT)

Leading the Charge Our middle school, C.S. Porter, serves students in the 6th through 8th grades. 57% of our students are economically disadvantaged and 7% of our students are . . . Read more

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