Richard DuFour, EdD, was a public school educator for 34 years, serving as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. During his 19-year tenure as a leader at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, Stevenson one of only three schools in the nation to win the United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award on four occasions and the first comprehensive high school to be designated a New America High School as a model of successful school reform. He received his state’s highest award as both a principal and superintendent.
A prolific author and sought-after consultant, he is recognized as one of the leading authorities on helping school practitioners implement the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process in their schools and districts.
Dr. DuFour wrote a quarterly column for the Journal of Staff Development for nearly a decade. He was the lead consultant and author of ASCD’s video series on principalship and the author of several other videos. 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.
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- Implementing the PLC at Work™ 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 at Work™ Journey
- Building the Colloborative Culture of a Professional Learning Community at Work™
- Leadership in a Professional Learning Community at Work™
- Laying the Foundation of a PLC at Work™: Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals
Des Moines, Iowa | 10/19/16 – 10/21/16Institute
San Antonio, Texas | 10/10/16 – 10/12/16Institute
Lincolnshire, Illinois | 08/03/16 – 08/05/16Institute
St. Charles, Missouri | 06/14/16 – 06/16/16Institute
Milwaukee, Wisconsin | 08/17/16 – 08/19/16Institute
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“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
PLC at Work™
Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, Rebecca DuFour, Mike Mattos, Anthony Muhammad, and Tim Brown, the champions of PLC at Work™, are among the foremost authorities on applying PLC principles in the real world of schools. They consult with state departments, professional organizations, and school districts worldwide on strategies for improving schools.