Four Reasons Why PLCs Fail…and How to Stay on Track

Four Reasons Why PLCs Fail…and How to Stay on Track

Schools and systems throughout the world claim to embrace the professional learning communities process. Unfortunately, a term that is often used to describe some schools and systems is “PLC lite.” How can a school or system buy into the process but not get the...
Collaborative Teams That Transform Schools

Collaborative Teams That Transform Schools

The importance of collaboration in general has been prominent in the literature since the 1970s, and the concept of a professional learning community (PLC) in particular has been prevalent since at least the 1990s. Schools and districts claim to be committed to...
Identifying When to Collaborate on Decisions

Identifying When to Collaborate on Decisions

Based on Leading a High Reliability School A key aspect of leading a high reliability school is to put formal structures in place that clearly invite teachers to participate in specific aspects of decision-making for the school. In fact, when specific initiatives are...
Advocating for the Gifted

Advocating for the Gifted

What exactly does a “gifted coordinator” do? As a gifted coordinator, I get asked a lot of questions. Curiously, the question I probably get asked the most is not what great things are you doing, how can I be involved, or what way do we best reach our...