Integrating the four Tools of Cultural Proficiency with the PLC framework, this guide provides school leaders with practical strategies for building equity-focused PLCs to help all students achieve.

Getting Centered: The Evolution of Learning Communities

Getting centered: The evolution of learning communities

We can work to change the embedded structures so that our schools become more hospitable places for student and adult learning. But little will really change unless we change ourselves.

—Barth, 1991, p. 128

Getting Centered

Many educators have told stories of successful schools and the key elements that insured their success. Researchers have found evidence that schools that share a common vision, work collaboratively, share decision making, engage in continuous learning, and experience supportive leadership environments have the potential to increase every student's journey to success (Garmston & Wellman, 2008; Hord & Sommers, 2008; Louis & Kruse, 1995; Dufour & Eaker, 1998).

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