Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work

Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work

by Richard DuFour, Michael Fullan


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Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work by Richard DuFour, Michael Fullan

Take your professional learning community to the next level! Discover a systemwide approach for re-envisioning your PLC while sustaining growth and continuing momentum on your journey. You’ll move beyond isolated pockets of excellence while allowing every person in your school system—from teachers and administrators to students—the opportunity to be an instrument of lasting cultural change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936764747
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 116,499
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Richard DuFour, EdD, was a public school educator for 34 years. A prolific author and sought-after consultant, he is recognized as one of the leading authorities on helping school practitioners implement the Professional Learning Communities at Work process.

Michael Fullan, PhD, is former dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He is recognized as an international authority on educational reform.

Table of Contents

About the Authors vii

Introduction: Systemic PLCs 1

The Challenge of Cultural Change 2

Why We Need Systemic PLCs 4

Why Systemwide Reform Is Best 5

A Roadmap for Going Big 11

1 Clarity Precedes Competence 13

What Is a Professional Learning Community? 14

What Can Go Wrong? 16

The Time Is Now 17

You Are the System 18

2 Creating Coherence and Clarity 21

Barriers to Coherence 23

Strategies for Coherence Making 30

The Payoff of Coherence Making 31

3 The Loose-Tight Dilemma 33

The Too-Tight Problem 34

The Danger of Carrots and Sticks 36

The Too-Loose Problem 37

The Right Balance 39

Clarifying What Is Tight 40

Examples of Too-Loose and Too-Tight Leadership Using the Common Core State Standards 42

4 The Loose-Tight System in Action 47

Building Shared Knowledge and Deep Understanding 48

Creating a Guaranteed Implemented Curriculum 49

Monitoring Progress at the School Site 50

Supporting Improvement Through Reciprocal Accountability 51

Building Ongoing Adult Learning Into the System 54

Celebrating Incremental Progress 61

5 Sustaining the Improvement Process 63

Widespread Commitment to Both Long-Term Goals and Short-Term Action 65

A Collaborative Culture and Collective Responsibility for Achieving Goals 67

Lots of Leaders to Sustain Reform 71

A Relentless Focus on Continuous Improvement 72

Recognition and Celebration of Short-Term Wins 74

Engagement in Continuous Improvement and Focused Innovation 76

Resolute Leadership 77

Fostering Systemness 77

Afterword: Thinking (and Doing) Bigger 79

References and Resources 81

Index 87

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