Inspirational Stories

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PLC in Full Effect

The term Professional Learning Community is fairly new to me. My district started off this school year by renaming each division within our district from Academic Division 6 to . . . Read more

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Boys and Girls Club Supports Students

One of my students was having a very hard time reading at home with a large family and no space to work in peace. After many failed attempts of talking with parents and . . . Read more

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Using Close Reading to Kick-Start Your PLC and Start the Shift to the Common Core

George Knights, PLC at Work™ associate and Director of PLC and Assessment in Newport-Mesa Unified School District; with Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, Principal of Estancia High . . . Read more

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Liberal High School

Following the 2008-2009 school year, Liberal High School was identified in the bottom 15% of lowest performing high schools in the state. Three years later, Liberal High School . . . Read more

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We're On Our Way!!

Great Falls Elementary School is a Title I school in rural Chester County in South Carolina, situated approximately halfway between Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC. The percentage . . . Read more

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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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