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Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Communities at Work

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Title: Learning by Doing
Author: Dufour, Richard/ DuFour, Rebecca/ Eaker, Robert/ Many, Thomas
Publisher: Solution Tree
Publication Date: 2010/06/01
Number of Pages: 281
Binding Type: PAPERBACK
Library of Congress: 2010009757
Paperback, 296 pages
Published June 30th 2010 by Solution Tree (first published July 1st 2006)
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Tenille Shade
If you are interested in learning how to create a collaborative culture on your campus, this is the book you need. After attending several PLC (Professional Learning Community) conferences, I was still a little puzzled about the journey. This book brought all the pieces of the puzzle together. I was particularly impacted by the reference to Jim Collins book, Built to Last. The DuFours talk about rejecting the "Tyranny of the Or" and embracing the "Genius of the And". I have struggled all my life ...more
Jessyca
I originally read this book in 2006 as I started the PLC journey with Truman. Now, 8 years later, I am starting the PLC journey again. I just finished the 2010 2nd Edition, and I am happy that the premise, research, and reasons are still viable and it gives me hope, motivation, and energy to start this journey anew. I have lived it once, and I know it is a process. I am hopeful that we can start a movement where we "work interdependently to achieve common goals for which members are mutually acc ...more
Shaeley Santiago
As the title suggests, it's not enough to just read about how a PLC works. You need to be doing it, too. My PLC read the book this year as a foundational piece of common learning so that when we've got a consistent, regular time in our schedules next year to meet as a PLC, we'll be prepared for what to do during those times. This is definitely a book that I'll come back to and reference frequently in that process. It has many checklists and practical suggestions for how to do the work of a PLC. ...more
Ellon
This was one of the best teaching books I've read. I really liked the way the authors organized the information. They authors also provided useful reproducibles that could be brought back to the staff. Very useful. I hope to bring this back to the staff at my school. I think it would be very beneficial for us.
Donna
For any educator faced with the daunting task of school reform, here is your handbook. Principles of Professional Learning Communities are explained in a way that makes them feel doable. I'll be keeping this one on my reference shelf.
Amy
I read this book as part of a professional development group at school. I was hoping to find some inspiration because being part of a PLC whose members teach at different schools around the district and have no oversight in terms of administration who makes sure all members participate, is frustrating at best. I found this book to be very top-heavy, meaning that it was written for administrators who would like to implement PLCs into their schools. I found little to help with feeling disconnected ...more
Lynn Green
This book explained the concept and plan of action for creating Professional Learning Communities better than any book of the subject I have read thus far. We will be expected to form the type of PLCs outlined in the book next school year. I feel now that I have a plan of action. It will be up to me to do the action called for. As is stated many different ways in Learning by Doing, one learns PLCs by doing PLCs.
Megan
My review is based solely on how my hopes for the book did not match the book's hope for me. I was reading this as a teacher hoping to get some insight into how the PLC model is supposed to look in my CLT meetings, but this was a book for administrators hoping to put the model in place from an organizational perspective. Mostly, this just confirmed that I don't want to be an administrator. I much prefer thinking about teaching and learning from a different angle.
Jason
Something to go back to often, this book is less about what's in in and more about what you can pull out of it. If you look at each idea as just that, you will get much out of it.
Stella
I have to read this book for work.
I hope she makes it the book we read next year cause we really didn't read much in it.
I didn't finish it but I don't like it.
Ellen
NC Virtual Public School is using this book for a book study and creating online learning modules for the staff to gain more insight into this concept.
Valerie
I thought this was a good resource, especially for a district new to PLC and in the initial stages of implementing PLC.
Adam Uhler
Simply put--the Bible for implementing and sustaining PLCs. My copy is so well used the binding broke.
Gayl
Excellent step by step process of creating and maintaining a professional learning community.
Jason
This book is the ultimate source on creating and sustaining Professional Learning Communities.
Joe
I don't agree with everything in this book philosophically, but most of it is common sense.
Rhonda Finding
Excellent resource to being implementing Professional Learning Communities.
Nathalie Melvin
Read this for work...and after the first chapter I loved it!
Susan
The text for this summer's grad class.
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“Three Big Ideas That Drive the Work of a PLC The essence of the PLC process is captured in three big ideas: 1. The purpose of our school is to ensure all students learn at high levels. 2. Helping all students learn requires a collaborative and collective effort. 3. To assess our effectiveness in helping all students learn we must focus on results—evidence of student learning—and use results to inform and improve our professional practice and respond to students who need intervention or enrichment.” 0 likes
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