Richard DuFour, EdD, was a public school educator for thirty-four years, serving as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. During his nineteen-year tenure as a leader at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, Stevenson was one of only three schools in the United States to win the U.S. 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, Dr. DuFour is recognized as one of the leading authorities on helping school practitioners implement the PLC at Work process in their schools and districts.
Dr. DuFour 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.
- 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
“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
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