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On Common Ground: The Power of Professional Learning Communities

By Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Rebecca DuFour
This book provides educators a valuable tool to help them improve their schools.

- Embrace learning rather than teaching as their school's mission
- Work collaboratively to help all students learn
- Use formative assessments and a focus on results to foster continuous improvement
- Assume individual responsibility to take steps to create such schools

Each chapter is by different educational leaders where they show varying perspectives on how professional learning communities can improve education. Other authors include: Roland Barth, Barbara Eason-Watkins, Michael Fullan, Lawrence Lezotte, Douglas Reeves, Jonathon Saphier, Mike Schmoker, Dennis Sparks, and Rick Stiggins.

ISBN# 1-932127-42-9
Published by Solution Tree in 2005


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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):University
Curriculum Areas:
Themes/Keywords: Collaborative Cultures
Continuous Improvement
Professional Learning Communities
Shared Vision
Teachable Point of View


Essential Question(s)
1. What is a professional learning community?

Discussion Question(s)
1. How do you help students achieve at higher levels?
2. What happens when teams of teachers collaboratively focus on the right issues?
3. How do you balance assessment of learning with assessment for learning?

Extension and Activities
1. Focus on learning instead of teaching.
2. Model lifelong learning - as Gandhi said, "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." p. 120.
3. Build a staff of lifelong learners.
4. Examine student work by gather three pieces of student examples, cut off the name of the student, teacher, etc. and ask "What do you think? What do you notice?" about each of these examples.


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