Richard DuFour, EdD, was a public school educator for 34 years, serving as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. He served as the principal of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, from 1983 to 1991 and as superintendent of the district from 1991 to 2002. During his tenure, Stevenson became what the United States Department of Education (USDE) has described as “the most recognized and celebrated school in America.” It is one of three schools in the nation to win the USDE Blue Ribbon Award on four occasions and one of the first comprehensive schools designated a New America High School by USDE as a model of successful school reform. Stevenson has been repeatedly cited in the popular press as one of America’s best schools and referenced in professional literature as an exemplar of best practices in education.
Dr. DuFour is the author of many books and has written numerous professional articles. He wrote a quarterly column for the Journal of Staff Development for nearly a decade. Dr. DuFour was the lead consultant and author of ASCD’s video series on principalship and the author of several other videos. He was the first principal in Illinois to receive the state’s Distinguished Educator Award (and also received this award as a superintendent). Dr. DuFour was named as one of the Top 100 School Administrators in North America by Executive Educator magazine, was presented the Distinguished Scholar Practitioner Award from the University of Illinois, and was the 2004 recipient of the National Staff Development Council’s Distinguished Service Award. He consults with school districts, state departments, and professional organizations throughout North America on strategies for improving schools.
- Implementing the PLC Process: Will You Soar or Settle?
- Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Whatever It Takes in Secondary Schools
- Getting Started: Building Consensus and Responding to Resisters
- Assessing Progress on the PLC Journey
Part 1: Beware of Seductive Shortcuts on the PLC JourneyWebinarFREE
Orlando, Florida | 07/24/13 – 07/26/13Institute
Las Vegas, Nevada | 06/03/13 – 06/05/13Institute
Indianapolis, Indiana | 10/28/13 – 10/30/13Institute
Salt Lake City, Utah | 11/12/13 – 11/14/13Institute
Minneapolis, Minnesota | 07/08/13 – 07/10/13Institute
Seattle, Washington | 08/12/13 – 08/14/13Institute
Pasadena, California | 07/17/13 – 07/19/13Institute
Albuquerque, New Mexico | 09/18/13 – 09/20/13Institute
Charlotte, North Carolina | 10/01/13 – 10/03/13Institute
Phoenix, Arizona | 02/26/14 – 02/28/14Summit
“As an administrator it made me re-examine my leadership on what things can be loose and what things [decisions] need to be tight in order to yield the best result for the students.”
—LaMonda Pryor, principal, Parkwood Elementary School, North Carolina
“The most valuable aspect of the workshop was the simple message to focus on student learning as a team, and the DuFours gave us excellent tools and steps to do that. I can't wait to take the PLC concept back to my school!”
—Elizabeth Brown, teacher, Camino Pablo Elementary School, California
“You are both amazing and a true testament to the power of working as a team.”
—Shelley Spessard, resource specialist, John R. Williams School, California