Reviving Professional Learning Communities: Strength through Diversity, Conflict, Teamwork, and Structure

Reviving Professional Learning Communities: Strength through Diversity, Conflict, Teamwork, and Structure


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ISBN-13: 9781475801040
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 12/07/2012
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Perry P. Wiseman is currently a director for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, working closely with principals and teachers reaching at-risk students who fall through the cracks in the public educational system. He is former school principal, founder of the educational consulting firm WiseFoundations (, and author of the book, Strong Schools, Strong Leaders.

Hector Arroyo, Jr. works at Western University Health Sciences in Pomona as a Learning Skills Specialist. In this position he collaborates with administration, faculty, and mentors to help graduate students overcome the challenges of medical school.

Nicholas R. Richter is a high school principal with 13 years of experience in education. He started his educational career as a high school mathematics teacher. Nick successfully found ways to relate a difficult subject to students and even had a little fun doing it.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Kristine Hipp & Dr. Jane Huffman
1. The Interview
2. A Brief History of Professional Learning Communities
Part I: Standpoint
3. A Double-Edged Sword
4. Somber Stances
5. Strategies for Standpoint
Part II: Struggle
6. May Day! Mayday!
7. Stakes and Standpoints
8. Strategies for Struggle
Part III: Solidarity
9. Room Numbers
10. The Four Key Foundations
11. Strategies for Solidarity
Part IV: Structure
12. The Chicken or the Egg?
13. Levels of Professional Learning Community Effectiveness
14. Strategies for Structure
15. The 4S Learning Community Assessment (4S-LCA)
16. You’re Hired!
About the Authors

What People are Saying About This

Thomas Harvey

From three experts in PLCs comes some sage advice about the meaning of Professional Learning Communities and the strategies for attaining them. It is in the latter endeavor, strategies, that these three authors make their most important contribution to the literature on school leadership. It is easy to tell you that you must establish teamwork, for instance, but much more difficult to give you real, practical suggestions for doing so. They have accomplished this in spades. A must read for all principals and aspiring school leaders.

Arturo Delgado

In this era of innovation and accountability, it is critical for our educational leaders to develop expert skills in forming professional learning teams. Ultimately, this work translates into a clearer sense of mission, more effective methods of delivery in the classroom and stronger educational programs for our students. Reviving Professional Learning Communities is the right blend of research, practice and personal experience by the authors. A strong understanding of the four elements of Standpoint, Struggle, Solidarity, and Structure provides a great framework to move a professional team from theory to practice. This work provides practical steps for implementation andshould be an essential addition to any educator’s professional library.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book. Revolutionizes how PLCs work. A must buy for teachers, professors and principals and everyone in the Education sector.