Professional Learning Communities by Design: Putting the Learning Back Into PLCs

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How to form a vibrant PLC that truly makes a difference for students

If you are looking for an organic approach to purpose-driven professional learning, this is the book for you. Award-winning educator Lois Brown Easton’s latest work provides a compelling case study in narrative form, a chronological PLC planning outline, and first-hand “lessons learned” about how PLCs develop, mature, and sustain themselves. You will not receive a PLC “prescription,” but you will find ...

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Overview

How to form a vibrant PLC that truly makes a difference for students

If you are looking for an organic approach to purpose-driven professional learning, this is the book for you. Award-winning educator Lois Brown Easton’s latest work provides a compelling case study in narrative form, a chronological PLC planning outline, and first-hand “lessons learned” about how PLCs develop, mature, and sustain themselves. You will not receive a PLC “prescription,” but you will find inspiration, wisdom, discussion questions, and a companion CD with:

  • Professional learning designs for varied PLC contexts
  • Helpful forms, templates, and rubrics
  • Protocols for collecting, analyzing, and applying data

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Editorial Reviews

Linda C. Diaz
"The book approaches a topic that many people believe they already understand in a way that will correct misconceptions and build understanding smoothly. Demonstrating the building process chronologically and providing supporting protocols throughout links practical application with tools that can be utilized immediately. "
Terri Patterson
"Professional Learning Communities by Design is very user-friendly andclearly identifies the rationale, implementation, and ongoing processes for PLCs.The relevancy and practical guidelines will be appreciated by all practitioners. The link to Learning Forward is very evident and practitioners will appreciate the connections made. "
R. Daniel Cunningham Jr.
"This book provides the practitioner with a step-by-step guide for establishing and benefitting from professional learning communities. The author has provided an extensive literature review and an excellent array of tools that can equip initial PLCs with an advanced starting point towards enhancing student learning. "
Claudia J. Thompson
"This book thoughtfully outlinesa long-term journey toward developing true Professional Learning Communities. The refreshing approach personalizes the PLC process, and the charts and other information it provides are gold mines. "
Nancy Kellogg
"This book outlines an excellent PLC model over a year, including how a school can begin and develop an implementation process for an effective and productive PLC that engages most of the faculty. The process involves input from students, parents, and community. The book includes many useful tools, handouts, and examples on the essential components, considerations, and pitfalls to anticipate during the PLC process. "

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Terri Patterson
"Professional Learning Communities by Design is very user-friendly andclearly identifies the rationale, implementation, and ongoing processes for PLCs.The relevancy and practical guidelines will be appreciated by all practitioners. The link to Learning Forward is very evident and practitioners will appreciate the connections made."
R. Daniel Cunningham Jr.
"This book provides the practitioner with a step-by-step guide for establishing and benefitting from professional learning communities. The author has provided an extensive literature review and an excellent array of tools that can equip initial PLCs with an advanced starting point towards enhancing student learning."
Claudia J. Thompson
"This book thoughtfully outlinesa long-term journey toward developing true Professional Learning Communities. The refreshing approach personalizes the PLC process, and the charts and other information it provides are gold mines."
Nancy Kellogg
"This book outlines an excellent PLC model over a year, including how a school can begin and develop an implementation process for an effective and productive PLC that engages most of the faculty. The process involves input from students, parents, and community. The book includes many useful tools, handouts, and examples on the essential components, considerations, and pitfalls to anticipate during the PLC process. "

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Linda C. Diaz
"The book approaches a topic that many people believe they already understand in a way that will correct misconceptions and build understanding smoothly. Demonstrating the building process chronologically and providing supporting protocols throughout links practical application with tools that can be utilized immediately."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412987110
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 7/14/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 601,384
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois Brown Easton works as a consultant, coach, and author. She is particularly interested in learning designs for adults and for students. She recently retired as director of professional development at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center, Estes Park, Colorado. A project of the American Honda Education Corporation, Eagle Rock School is a year-round, tuition-free, residential high school for students who have not experienced success in traditional academic settings. The school provides educators who visit the Professional Development Center with experiences in innovative education.

As director, Easton designed and administered the professional development program for preservice and student teachers; practicing teachers and administrators; university and college students, both graduate and undergraduate; and researchers. She designed and administered an internship program for twelve young educators each year and an alternative licensure program accredited by the Colorado Department of Education.

Easton was director of Re:Learning Systems at the Education Commission of the States (ECS) from 1992 to 1994. Re:Learning was a partnership between the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and ECS. The Coalition focuses on school-level restructuring based on the research on American high schools that Dr. Ted Sizer and others performed in the 1980s. ECS, an interstate compact that works with state policy makers to improve the quality of education throughout the country, partnered with CES in Re:Learning to orient reform efforts from “schoolhouse to statehouse” and to effect reform systemwide. Easton was director of the systemic side of the reform.

Prior to that, Easton served in the Arizona Department of Education as English/Language Arts Coordinator, establishing the role in the School Improvement Unit and directing the development of the Language Arts Essential Skills, the state’s first standards-based curriculum framework. She became Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and then, as Director of Curriculum and Assessment Planning, designed and implemented the Arizona Student Assessment Program (ASAP), which focused on systemic reform on the basis of curriculum standards aligned with state performance assessments. A middle school English teacher for 15 years, Easton earned her Ph D at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation was a policy analysis of the ASAP. She has held state and national offices, particularly in language arts organizations. She was President of the Arizona English Teachers Association and was elected to the Secondary Steering Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English. She was cochair of the 2001 Conference of the National Staff Development Council in Denver. Easton has been a frequent presenter at conferences and a contributor to educational journals. Her book The Other Side of Curriculum: Lessons From Learners was published in 2001. She is editor of and contributor to Powerful Designs for Professional Learning, which was published in 2004.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Shirley Hord
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
1. Setting the Stage for PLCs (June and July)
2. Finding Initial Structures (August)
3. Pursuing the Need to Know; Making Sense of Data (August - October)
4. Finding Processes for Working Together (November - December)
5. Appreciating New Data; Discovering Divergence (January - March)
6. Grappling with Change; Pursuing Protocols (March and April)
7. Expanding Context; Focusing on the Future (May and June)
8. Exploring Leadership and Taking Action (June and August)
9. Looking Ahead; Facing Challenges (June and August)
References

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