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Hawker Brownlow

Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work 3rd Edition


Teachers Reference

Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work™ is the best-selling guide for action that helps educators close the knowing-doing gap as they transform their schools into professional learning communities (PLCs). This third edition responds to the authors’ enduring work with teachers, principals and central office staff to address and expand on the PLC implementation process.

The third edition offers the following additions and revisions.

  • Two new chapters that address common formative assessments and the keys to hiring, orienting and retaining staff members
  • A stronger focus on effectively implementing a districtwide PLC
  • New insight into clarifying the essential standards necessary for a guaranteed and viable curriculum
  • Helpful suggestions for incorporating deeper knowledge into curricula and assessments
  • A more thorough examination of systematic interventions
  • Explicit tools and templates from real high-performing PLC districts
  • An updated research base, including more than one hundred new references
  • An emphasis on vital steps to take immediately in the implementation process

The third edition follows a practical seven-part format.

  1. The Case Study: Learn about the issues and challenges schools and districts face during PLC implementation.
  2. Here’s How: Discover how educators bring PLC elements to life.
  3. Here’s Why: Review the research and rationale supporting PLCs.
  4. Assessing Your Place on the PLC Journey: Assess your school’s current practices.
  5. Tips for Moving Forward: Learn crucial strategies.
  6. Questions to Guide the Work of Your Professional Learning Community: Develop the collective capacity to function as a PLC.
  7. Dangerous Detours and Seductive Shortcuts: Examine counterproductive methods used to bypass important PLC steps.

Packed with real-world solutions and strategies, the third edition of Learning by Doing will become a treasured resource for individual educators and teacher teams at every level of your PLC.