Built to Last: Systemic Plcs at Work

ISBN-10: 1936764741

ISBN-13: 9781936764747

Edition: 2013

Authors: Richard Dufour, Michael Fullan

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In Cultures Built to Last, two of North America's most prominent educational thinkers team up to take PLCs to the next level. Richard DuFour and Michael Fullan recast the PLC process from just another positive innovation for individual schools to the central instrument for changing the culture of the education system: district-, state-, and nationwide. When the PLC process drives an entire system, the people within the organization develop a sense of identity that goes beyond their own classroom or office. They identify in significant ways with the larger system, which unleashes the energy of mutual allegiance and competition for the common good. It is time for PLCs to go big. DuFour and Fullan present a roadmap for this journey to system-wide implementation. They show school leaders: How to make PLCs an ongoing endeavor rather than a program to be implemented, How PLCs function as a crucial piece within whole-system reform, How to achieve coherence and clarity systemwide, How to approach systemic PLC transformation-from the top down or the bottom up? How to lead a PLC in a simultaneously loose and tight way, How to sustain systemic PLCs, How to recognize the warning signs when a PLC is faltering Book jacket.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Triple Nickel Pr
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

About the Authors
Introduction: Systemic PLCs
The Challenge of Cultural Change
Why We Need Systemic PLCs
Why Systemwide Reform Is Best
A Roadmap for Going Big
Clarity Precedes Competence
What Is a Professional Learning Community?
What Can Go Wrong?
The Time Is Now
You Are the System
Creating Coherence and Clarity
Barriers to Coherence
Strategies for Coherence Making
The Payoff of Coherence Making
The Loose-Tight Dilemma
The Too-Tight Problem
The Danger of Carrots and Sticks
The Too-Loose Problem
The Right Balance
Clarifying What Is Tight
Examples of Too-Loose and Too-Tight Leadership Using the Common Core State Standards
The Loose-Tight System in Action
Building Shared Knowledge and Deep Understanding
Creating a Guaranteed Implemented Curriculum
Monitoring Progress at the School Site
Supporting Improvement Through Reciprocal Accountability
Building Ongoing Adult Learning Into the System
Celebrating Incremental Progress
Sustaining the Improvement Process
Widespread Commitment to Both Long-Term Goals and Short-Term Action
A Collaborative Culture and Collective Responsibility for Achieving Goals
Lots of Leaders to Sustain Reform
A Relentless Focus on Continuous Improvement
Recognition and Celebration of Short-Term Wins
Engagement in Continuous Improvement and Focused Innovation
Resolute Leadership
Fostering Systemness
Afterword: Thinking (and Doing) Bigger
References and Resources
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