Hawker Brownlow Education

Essentials for Principals: The School Leader's Guide to Professional Learning Communities at Work

Author: Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour

Availability: In Stock

Code: SOT3313

ISBN: 9781743303313

No of Pages: 110

Publish date: 23/04/2012

Price: $21.95


The School Leader’s Guide to Professional Learning Communities at Work is based on three assumptions: a school’s primary purpose is to ensure high levels of learning for all students, the most promising strategy for fulfilling this purpose is to develop a staff’s capacity to collaborate as a PLC and the principal’s role is to lead a collective effort to create a PLC through processes that promote adult learning. Richard DuFour and Rebecca DuFour provide specific, research-based and actionable steps principals can take to develop and lead a PLC, challenging leaders not to ask, “Will I make a difference?” but “What difference will I make?”

P–8 principals will learn how to:

  • Build the foundation of a PLC, create school structures for collaboration, and transform groups into high-performing collaborative teams

  • Focus on the right work and on results, monitor each student’s learning through ongoing assessment and help teams improve individual and collective practice

  • Respond to struggling learners through effective intervention, provide students with opportunities for enrichment and ensure high levels of learning for all

  • Sustain school improvement, stay the course, and establish a culture where other school leaders can continue the PLC journey into the future.