Discover the game changer in school culture: shared leadership We all know the potential value of professional learning communities (PLCs), but why do so many fail to deliver what they set out to do? Terry Wilhelm answers this question - and more - by challenging teachers and administrators to work together once and for all to cultivate shared leadership. Brought to life on the page through simple practices and processes, Shared Leadership: The Essential Ingredient for Effective PLCs gives administrators the approach they need to ignite and sustain a successful PLC. The best part? The handbook explores shared leadership in curriculum, instruction, and assessment - making it easy for a team model to translate across all goals. How-to steps spur real change with topics such as: Developing teacher leadership and enhancing collaboration Discussion protocols to fire up team meetings Tools like meeting notes and troubleshooting tips Common dilemmas principals encounter and what to do when faced with one Pointers on maintaining a healthy culture of shared leadership Providing everything you need to develop and maintain a meaningful PLC, this handbook is the ultimate flexible sequence plan. Get ready to recreate your school culture built on the tenets of effective PLCs with this book as your guide. “This is the most comprehensive collection of current research and effective practices for successful, sustainable, school change available. It includes solid, practical guidance on the essential tools and processes needed to take our team's efforts to the next level, and will undoubtedly become our manual for continuous improvement, districtwide.” Anne M. Lundquist, Superintendent Red Lake School District #38, Minnesota “Terry Wilhelm provides a unique perspective on a critical aspect of the PLC process - shared leadership. As the PLC movement continues to proliferate, such guidance is both needed and timely.” Robert J. Marzano, CEO Marzano Research
The Right Team
The Right Team
Most schools already have a team designated as the Leadership Team. At the secondary level this typically consists of the department chairs, and for elementary, grade-level chairs/leads. Selection of members varies by school—perhaps they are voted in by peers; perhaps responsibility rotates annually from one team member to another.
Knowing this, it makes sense to carefully consider the makeup of the team that will begin to share leadership with you to begin moving the school—or accelerate the progress—toward becoming a professional learning community. This group will become key in all improvement efforts. It is all-important to create a team that is open and ready to make this role shift, with members willing to de-privatize their own practice, while stepping up ...