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Illustrating how networked learning communities (NLCs) can impact school improvement, the authors examine formal/informal leadership roles, collaborative inquiry as an essential tool, and how NLCs support schoolwide accountability.

Why Networks? Why Now?
Why networks? Why now?

In his thought-provoking book The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki (2004) outlines the case for why the many are smarter than the few. He cites, as an example, the global response to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) disease epidemic, a response that can be held out as model of efficiency and success. The discovery of the SARS virus—the new virus that caused the disease—was, as Surowiecki describes it, a remarkable feat. And, as with any remarkable feat, our immediate question is, Who did it? As it turns out, that's an impossible question to answer. Why? Because it took a combined effort from labs all over the world to (a) spot the virus, (b) prove that the identified ...

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