Building a Professional Learning Community at Work™

Building a Professional Learning Community at Work

A Guide to the First Year

Publication date: September 22, 2009

Page count: 240

Availability: In stock


Building a Professional Learning Community at Work

A Guide to the First Year

Get a play-by-play guide to implementing PLC concepts. Each chapter begins with a story focused on a particular challenge. A follow-up analysis of the story identifies the good decisions or common mistakes made in relation to that particular scenario. The authors examine the research behind best practice and wrap up each chapter with recommendations and tools you can use in your school.

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  • Get a compelling, accessible narrative to grasp PLC problems and solutions.
  • Read the book cover to cover or select chapters for minilessons.
  • Gain reproducible tools you can use in your own schools.

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Product Code: BKF273

ISBN: 9781934009598

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Building a PLC at work

Review by Murphy
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Great book for schools headed into the priority school status. It explains the frustrations and stages that teams will go through to achieve their goals. Motivating and realistic as well as a quick read! Useful tools as well.
Enjoy (Posted on 11/16/15)

Very accessible step-by-step guide

Review by Larry Ferlazzo, ELL teacher and Edublogger, Sacramento, California
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Bill Ferriter and Parry Graham have put together a very accessible step-by-step guide on how to go about creating this kind of culture [professional learning communities], including ways to trouble-shoot potential challenges. The questions that it encourages readers to ask themselves and their colleagues might be the most important parts of Building a Professional Learning Community at Work™. (Posted on 5/27/11)

Terrific resource!

Review by Anne Jolly, Educational consultant and president of PLTWorks
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What an absolutely terrific resource! You’ve done a great job of organizing the book—starting each chapter with a real-life story and ending with a set of practical tools that are well thought out and tailored for the initiative. I guess my main question would be, what don’t I like about your book? It’s well designed, well written, and packed with useful stuff. Well done! I foresee a really bright future for you as an author. Most of all, I foresee bright futures for a lot of people because of you. (Posted on 5/27/11)

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“Education and learning is a job all of its own. [This book] discusses how to form a professional learning community and keep it afloat through the times. Professional learning communities’ success depends on implementation, and Perry Graham and William M. Ferriter explain the concept well and give great advice in understanding it and taking it to the next level. [This book] is a must for any PLC trying to become an early success.”

The Midwest Book Review, January 2011