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PLC at Work™


Coaching Academy

Get your action plan for building a thriving PLC. Your master coaches will deliver informative, high-energy, and motivating sessions. You’ll begin with an overview of the PLC at Work™ process and its benefits and then discover how to implement and maintain the process in your school or district.

Carefully designed by the architects of the PLC at Work™ process—Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, Rebecca DuFour, and Mike Mattos—this academy:

  • Develops your school’s or district’s capacity for implementing and sustaining the PLC at Work™ process
  • Is facilitated by one or more master coaches who not only are trained in the work of PLCs, but also have done that work in an educational setting that showed at least three years of continued academic student improvement
  • Includes six days of on-site training over nine to twelve months (three sessions, two days each) and The PLC Toolkit
  • Offers strategies and activities that can be replicated in any setting
  • Extends beyond session days with phone and email support

Beginning the Implementation

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the PLC at Work™ process, including the three big ideas and four critical questions that every PLC must address.

Advancing the Implementation

  • Three days on-site with an expert
  • One interactive web conference
  • The PLC Toolkit

Support the PLC at Work™ process in your school or district. Powered by a deep understanding of PLCs, this package is designed to guide you and your team through your unique challenges. Target specific content areas such as leadership, assessment, collaboration, and more.

Sustaining the Implementation

Achieve more with this dynamic approach to building distributed leadership districtwide. You'll work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to drive better results for your students.

Overview

Gain a big-picture view of the PLC at Work™ process—and learn how to customize it to meet the needs of your school or district. During this full-day session, you and your team will discover how to create and maintain a healthy collaborative culture, as well as how to answer the four critical questions every PLC must address.

Progress Report

Receive an unbiased observation of your school’s PLC implementation with the PLC at Work™ Progress Report. An expert facilitation team will conduct an on-site analysis of your current practices and recommend next steps for improvement. The team will assess your PLC progress and present their findings at an on-site meeting and in a written report highlighting commendations and recommendations.

Virtual Coaching

This premium long-term PD service is exclusively for principals dedicated to the PLC at Work™ process. By meeting with online coaches at least once each month throughout the school year, participants will have access to ongoing counsel and support from coaches who have been carefully selected based on their proven expertise and success in leading a PLC. Our experts help leaders develop a framework to capitalize on the skills of their staff and identify the right next steps toward a powerful PLC.

  • Enhance your ability to lead the PLC at Work™ process with long-term online coaching and ongoing email support.
  • Experience coaching as an individual or on a team of principals.
  • Work within a framework to pinpoint your position on the PLC journey.
  • Create a practical task list to plan next steps toward a powerful PLC.
  • Learn proven practices to create a shared mission, build shared leadership, monitor progress, and celebrate successes.

RTI at Work™


Coaching Academy

Want to take your response to intervention expertise to the next level? The RTI at Work™ Coaching Academy will help you form leadership teams to act as informed agents of change. Collaborate with your coach to learn the most effective ways to respond when kids don’t learn and design response strategies specially crafted for your school or district.

Carefully designed by the creators of the RTI at Work™ process—Austin Buffum and Mike Mattos—this academy:

  • Develops your school’s or district’s capacity for implementing and sustaining the RTI at Work™ process
  • Is facilitated by one or more educational experts trained in the RTI at Work™ process
  • Includes six days of on-site training (three sessions, two days each), three interactive web conferences, Pyramid Response to Intervention online course, Simplifying Response to Intervention, and Pyramid Response to Intervention (DVD)
  • Offers strategies and activities that can be replicated in any setting
  • Extends beyond session days with phone and email support

Establishing a Multitiered System of Support

  • One day on-site with an expert
  • One interactive web conference
  • Online course: Pyramid Response to Intervention: How to Respond When Kids Don't Learn
  • Resource: Simplifying Response to Intervention

Gain a big-picture view of tiered support and the guiding principles at the heart of RTI. Discover how to detect learning gaps, and build shared knowledge among your team. Explore what the RTI process requires of principals, teachers, and leadership teams in your school or district.




Sustaining a High-Quality System of Interventions

  • Two days on-site with an expert
  • One interactive web conference
  • Resource: Simplifying Response to Intervention

Dig deep into the guiding principles at the heart of RTI. With research-based study and expert guidance by your side, you'll learn about the three tiers of the RTI process and gain practical strategies to recognize and focus on the right interventions. Identify students who need help—and which interventions will best support them.

Common Core


Coaching Academy

Partner with leading experts to seamlessly integrate the Common Core State Standards into your curriculum. Your team will unpack and master the new standards, enhancing student learning along the way. The academy is designed for states that subscribe to both PARCC and SBAC assessment consortia and can be adapted for states that haven’t adopted the national standards.

Carefully designed by CCSS experts, this academy:

  • Develops your school’s or district’s capacity for meeting the demands of the CCSS
  • Is facilitated by one or more experts who are trained in the CCSS and have considerable experience in education
  • Includes six days on-site with an expert (three sessions, two days each) and a selection of resources
  • Offers strategies and activities that can be replicated in any setting
  • Extends beyond session days with phone and email support

Understanding and Transitioning
to the Common Core

  • Two days on-site with an expert
  • Two interactive web conferences
  • Resource: Collaborating for Success With the Common Core

Gain a comprehensive overview of the CCSS, and learn what distinguishes them from other state standards. Identify the gap between current practices and the expectations of the CCSS. Power implementation with CCSS-aligned resources.

Administrator Training

  • One day on-site with an expert
  • Resource: School Leader's Guide to the Common Core

Gain a big-picture view of the CCSS and how to provide the support needed for comprehensive implementation. Obtain strategies for aligning resources, and learn to recognize evidence that indicates teachers have made necessary shifts in their classroom practices.

Teaching With Rigor and Relevance

  • Two days on-site with an expert
  • Two interactive web conferences
  • Resource: How to Teach Thinking Skills Within the Common Core

Transform your instructional practice by modeling and scaffolding 21st century skill development. Design CCSS-aligned lessons that emphasize critical thinking, and implement performance assessments in the classroom.

Implementing the CCSS for Mathematics

  • Three days on-site with an expert
  • Three interactive web conferences
  • Resource: Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at Work™
    (choose your grade level)

Cultivate research-affirmed practice and reinforce your implementation. Grow unit-by-unit as a collaborative team while developing rigor and coherence in your mathematics curriculum. Gain an in-depth understanding of the seven stages of collaborative teams in the PLC process—and clear and precise explanations of current content and assessment expectations.

Common Core State Standards in Mathematics,
Grades 3–8 online course is also available.

Implementing the CCSS for English
Language Arts

  • Three days on-site with an expert
  • One interactive web conference
  • Resource: Common Core English Language Arts in a PLC at Work™
    (choose your grade level)

Recognize the conceptual shifts required for English language arts, and support CCSS-alignment in areas of curriculum design, instruction, assessment, and intervention. Leaders will unpack the standards for English language arts, and teachers and leaders will discuss the transitional process and next steps.

Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts,
Grades 3–8 online course is also available.

Assessment


Preparing for CCSS Mathematics
Assessments

  • Three days on-site with an expert
  • One interactive web conference
  • Resource: Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at Work™ series
    (choose your grade level)

Receive clear and precise explanations of the current PARCC and SBAC content and assessment expectations for mathematics grades K–12. Gain a deep understanding for sustained implementation of the CCSS for mathematics using the PLC teaching-assessing-learning cycle before, during, and after a unit unfolds to develop formative assessment and learning for both students and adults.

Preparing for CCSS English
Language Arts Assessments

  • Two days on-site with an expert
  • One interactive web conference
  • Resource: Common Core English Language Arts in a PLC at Work™ series
    (choose your grade level)

Understand the next generation of English language arts assessments while developing assessments that align with specific components of the Common Core. Learn what shifts are required for literary instruction, and gain tools for strengthening instructional practice. You'll also find research-based instructional strategies to support your students as they master the standards.

Designing Assessments to Match the
Rigor of the CCSS

  • Two days on-site with an expert
  • One interactive web conference
  • Resource: Collaborating for Success With the Common Core

Learn how to unpack the standards for assessment design. Create formative and summative assessments that satisfy the rigor and relevance of the Common Core. You'll learn how to write constructive response questions that incorporate higher-level thinking skills and develop a corresponding assessment plan.

Redefining Meaningful Grading

  • One keynote
  • One interactive web conference

The grading process should be fair, meaningful, and transparent. Identify key beliefs and practices that create an assessment and grading culture focused on learning. Learn how to build systems of equity to establish coherence and continuity.

Targeting Practical Strategies
in Assessment

  • Four days on-site with an expert
  • One interactive web conference
  • Resources: Ahead of the Curve and The Teacher as Assessment Leader

Learn how to build rigorous assessments and match assessment items to learning targets. Discover how to leverage assessments to drive better instructional practice, and gain supportive tools such as planning templates and protocols to support your collaborative planning process.

Building Common Formative
Assessments

  • Two days on-site with an expert
  • One interactive web conference
  • Resources: Common Formative Assessment

Collaborate by developing assessments as a team, and effectively monitor student learning, collectively respond to results, and implement informed practice. Learn how to use common formative assessments to propel engaged student learning, focusing on accurate design and effective use.

Assessment Practices Progress Report

Gain direct insight into your existing assessment practices. Using a combination of on-site observation and data analysis, an assessment expert will provide a thorough evaluation and practical steps for moving your school or district forward.

Leadership


Developing Effective Teacher
Evaluations

  • Two days on-site with an expert
  • Two interactive web conferences

Discern the appropriate expectations for teaching behaviors, and discover when to take action. Learn how to conduct an orientation to the evaluation process and keep the observational schedule organized. Gain a working understanding of diverse learning behaviors, and determine how to differentiate responses to various levels of behavior and experience.

Strengthen Your Leadership Reach

  • Three days on-site with an expert
  • Two interactive web conferences

Build your administrative leadership capacity, and facilitate appropriate changes to impact student learning. You'll produce evidence of effectiveness using action research, deepen your leadership capacity, and equip your team with tools to impact student learning.

Ask about our teacher leader version of this package!

Team-Based Leadership the SMART Way

  • Two days on-site with an expert
  • One interactive web conference
  • Resource: The Handbook for SMART School Teams

Enhance your ability to work with school-based teams, and apply new tools that support effective teams. Understand how leadership impacts continuous improvement, and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader in a team environment.

School Culture


Creating a Healthy School Culture

  • Two days on-site with an expert
  • One interactive web conference
  • Resource: Creating Physical & Emotional Security in Schools

Identify cultural shifts necessary to develop a caring learning community. Integrate conflict management strategies, and develop whole-school policies for behavior and discipline that focus on teaching behavior expectations.

The Will to Lead, the Skill to Teach*

  • One day on-site with an expert
  • One interactive web conference
  • Resources: Transforming School Culture and The Will to Lead, the Skill to Teach
  • Online course: Transforming School Culture

Develop background knowledge, and gain an understanding of healthy school culture. Receive coaching and hands-on help with the implementation process, as well as concrete tools for implementation. Learn how to lead with understanding while cultivating the positive environment needed for culturally responsive teaching.

*This package includes optional add-ons. Choose to conduct an on-site audit of your school culture or a day of demonstration on culturally responsive teaching.

Transforming School Culture

  • One keynote
  • One interactive web conference
  • Resource: Transforming School Culture

Develop your capacity for cultivating a positive learning environment, gain an understanding of the root causes of staff resistance, and learn immediate strategies for supporting learning. Thought-provoking and dynamic, this keynote is packed with no-nonsense strategies designed to promote healthy school culture.