Leverage: Using PLCs to Promote Lasting Improvement in Schools / Edition 1

Leverage: Using PLCs to Promote Lasting Improvement in Schools / Edition 1

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Leverage: Using PLCs to Promote Lasting Improvement in Schools / Edition 1

Discover high-impact leadership strategies for a thriving learning community!

This compelling new book provides straightforward guidance and solutions for educators working to transform their school environments. Concrete examples of practical, high-impact, and evidence-based practices help you leverage the “big ideas” of Professional Learning Communities to promote lasting improvement in your school. You’ll learn to:

  • Understand the essential role principals and teacher leaders play in leading PLCs
  • Foster an understanding of how PLCs can support implementation of major instructional shifts such as the new Common Core State Standards
  • Apply high-leverage strategies across your own school and district to improve instruction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452259574
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Edition description: New Edition Large Print
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 500,233
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Richard DuFour
About the Authors
Section I: The Principal
1. Leadership Matters
Evidence of the Principal’s Impact on Student Learning
How Do Principals Impact Student Learning?
Different Forms of Leadership Impact Learning Differently
Leadership Matters, But the Right Kind of Leadership Matters More
2. Examining the Complex Role of the Principal
The Sheer Pandemonium of the Principalship
Trends Shaping the Current Reality of the Principalship
Creating a New Normal for Principals
3. Move the World: The Essence of Leverage
Creating an Operational Definition of Leverage
Where Can We Look for the Leverage Point?
4. Professional Learning Communities: The High-Leverage Strategy
An Overview of the PLC Model
Reflection Promotes Progress Toward Becoming a PLC: A Case Study
Identifying Leverage Points in a PLC
Section II: Practical Applications
5. The Secrete to Success: Leverage a Focus on Learning
What Matters Most
Creating an Operational Definition of What Is Essential
The Balanced and Coherent System of Assessment: Providing a Steady Stream of Information
The Need for SPEED: Criteria for Designing Effective Pyramids of Intervention
The Secret to Success
6. Take Away the Traning Wheels: Leverage a Collaborative Culture
A Rose by Any Other Name: What Is Important About Collaborative Teams?
The Elephant in the Room: Making Time for Collaboration
The Turning Point: Building Collective Capacity
Package Couriers, Meter Readers, and Copier Repairmen: Leveraging Opportunities to Share Best Practices
Take Away the Training Wheels: The Difference Between Monitoring and Micromanaging Teams
7. Reports From the Precinct Captains: Leverage a Results Orientation
The Right Interpretation of a Results Orientation
Three Rules for Using Data
Protocols: A Powerful Prescription for Professional Learning
It’s Not Pixie Dust; It’s Protocol
SOAP Notes: A Tool to Promote Reflective Dialogue About Student Learning
Reports From the Precinct Captains
Applying a Results Orientation in Schools
Tangible Benefits of Data Meetings
A Results-Oriented Practice Transforms School Culture
Section III: PLC Strategies
8. What’s on Your Refrigerator Door? Clear Away the Clutter to Clarify What’s Important in Your School
A Thousand Conversations: The Power of Consistent, Clear Messages About What Matters
Flying Kites: Understanding the Concept of Loose/Tight Leadership
9. Reboot the Principalship: Strategies to Rekindle, Reignite, Reenergize Your School
Get Off Your “Buts”: Responding to Resistors in Your School
Making Diamonds: Top-Down Pressure and Bottom-Up Support
Reboot the Principalship: Strategies to Rekindle, Reignite, Reenergize Your School
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