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Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (Book & CD-ROM)

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Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work helps educators close the knowing-doing gap as they transform their schools into professional learning communities (PLCs). This handbook is a guide for action that will: Help educators develop a common vocabulary and consistent understanding of key PLC concepts. Present a compelling argument that t ...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Solution Tree
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Tenille Shade
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Michelle Mayfield
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: teacher-books
Great book to tell you how to improve your PLC. I have a picture in my head now of what we should be doing and how to do it. Hopefully we can make it work next year.
Rick Christiansen
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teaching
I found this book to be geared more for admin. It was a rather dry read from a teacher's perspective. It took me a year to chip away at it. Blahhhh

The district I work for has bought into all the ideas presented in this book so I was given it to read as professional development at our staff meetings and lead teacher meetings. I don't have a problem with PLC's and the work that is done within these groups. I think if everyone buys into this system and it is supported from the top down it will bene
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Shari Hardinger
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teachers Have the Most Powerful Knowledge when they Collaborate

As administrators we don’t want to put one more thing on our teachers’ plates, but PLCs are one thing all schools should be implementing. PLCs are about collaboration. Collaboration of our best and brightest: our teachers. When teachers put their heads together to analyze student data and figure out how to intervene, great things happen for students. Our students can do nothing BUT succeed when this happens. This book walks you thro
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Margo
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the best and most comprehension PLC book we read during Fall semester 2018 for my masters in school administration. There are so many useful reproducibles in the book that would be great work helping PLCs get started and get off to the right start. Fantastic suggestions and steps to follow to ensure that students learn because of high functioning PLCs.
Jordan
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If this book had a cult, I would join it.
Shaeley Santiago
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: profdev
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
Jessyca505
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Amy
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult
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
Megan
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: education
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.
Lynn Green
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ellon
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teaching-books
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.
Spacek Kim
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is the workbook for the companion book titled: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work. The authors really set up the process and hammer home the need for it to be tailored to the building in which it will work. A lot of great ideas were shared through case studies to illustrate the care and consideration administrators must take to help PLCs become successful.
Donna
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Ellen
Jul 09, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Jason
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
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.
Valerie
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teacher-workshop
I thought this was a good resource, especially for a district new to PLC and in the initial stages of implementing PLC.
Brian Herman
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A helpful text for those who want to create professional learning communities in their schools.
Jason
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the ultimate source on creating and sustaining Professional Learning Communities.
Nathalie Melvin
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read this for work...and after the first chapter I loved it!
Rhonda Finding
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource to being implementing Professional Learning Communities.
Stella
Sep 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Andria
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This gave me a clear understanding of what a plc should look like.
Julie
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book as part of our Professional Development at my school.
Adam Uhler
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Simply put--the Bible for implementing and sustaining PLCs. My copy is so well used the binding broke.
Joe
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't agree with everything in this book philosophically, but most of it is common sense.
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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.” 2 likes
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