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Award-winning author details a clear, research-based process for implementing PLCs to improve student learning. Included are practical strategies, activities, exercises, and troubleshooting tips for coaches.

What to do First: Building a Foundation for Collaboration
What to do first: Building a foundation for collaboration
Building the Teams

There are a plethora of reasons why a teacher team is dysfunctional rather than effective. One of the primary reasons is that the process is rushed; teams of teachers are given the title “PLC” by a well-intentioned principal and the tacit expectation is that teams jump into the work of PLCs (examining student work, writing assessments, looking at data, etc.). The problem is not the team's willingness to focus on these important things. The problem is that they have skipped an important step that lays the groundwork for those important tasks to be done well. When this happens, meetings typically plod along on the surface and ...

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