This new development helps practitioners build thriving learning communities through: (1) recognition and validation of each staff member's unique points of view, (2) natural conflict that accompanies the assorted viewpoints, (3) healthy teamwork, and (4) effective systems. Sprinkled throughout the book are also 32 practical, high-leverage strategies that are easy to understand and simple to put into practice right away. This book will most certainly help answer the perennial question: How do we achieve a genuine Professional Learning Community?
Perry P. Wiseman is currently a director for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, working closely with principals and teachers reaching at-risk students who fall through the cracks in the public educational system. He is former school principal, founder of the educational consulting firm WiseFoundations (www.wisefoundations.com), and author of the book, Strong Schools, Strong Leaders. Hector Arroyo, Jr. works at Western University Health Sciences in Pomona as a Learning Skills Specialist. In this position he collaborates with administration, faculty, and mentors to help graduate students overcome the challenges of medical school. Nicholas R. Richter is a high school principal with 13 years of experience in education. He started his educational career as a high school mathematics teacher. Nick successfully found ways to relate a difficult subject to students and even had a little fun doing it.
Dedication Foreword by Dr. Kristine Hipp & Dr. Jane Huffman Acknowledgements Preface 1. The Interview 2. A Brief History of Professional Learning Communities Part I: Standpoint 3. A Double-Edged Sword 4. Somber Stances 5. Strategies for Standpoint Part II: Struggle 6. May Day! Mayday! 7. Stakes and Standpoints 8. Strategies for Struggle Part III: Solidarity 9. Room Numbers 10. The Four Key Foundations 11. Strategies for Solidarity Part IV: Structure 12. The Chicken or the Egg? 13. Levels of Professional Learning Community Effectiveness 14. Strategies for Structure 15. The 4S Learning Community Assessment (4S-LCA) 16. You're Hired! Bibliography About the Authors