The Principal as Professional Learning Community Leader is designed to provide principals with hands-on, practical support as they build professional learning communities (PLCs) in their schools in order to improve student achievement. With an emphasis on creating a collaborative culture for action, this book offers step-by-step plans, along with practical strategies, to use with staff to create the conditions within which PLCs thrive. The book leads principals through the process of building a PLC by defining the key attributes of PLCs; explaining the principalAEs role in leading the process; and then showing how to create a steering team, introduce the concept to staff, develop teacher learning teams, and create mission, vision and goal statements as the foundation of PLCs.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Building Professional Learning Communities Why Professional Learning Communities? The PLC Edifice: An Analogy Feature: Reflection and Action Template Summary 2. The Role of Principals in Leading Professional Learning Communities Leadership Practices of the PLC Principal Principal/Vice Principal Learning Teams Feature: Reflection and Action Template Summary 3. Planning for Professional Learning Communities Collaborative Leadership: Creating the PLC Steering Team PLC Snapshot Assessment Setting Up a Tracking System Feature: Recording and Planning for Continuous Learning: PLC Learning Grid Summary 4. Introducing Staff to Professional Learning Communities: Foundations Laying the Foundations of a PLC Feature: Professional Development Modules: Introducing Staff to PLCs Guiding Questions Feature: Recording and Planning for Continuous Learning: PLC Learning Grid Summary 5. Supporting Learning Teams: The Pillars Learning Teams for Improving Student Achievement The Four Pillars Feature: Professional Development Module: PLC Learning Teams Guiding Questions Feature: Recording and Planning for Continuous Learning: PLC Learning Grid Summary 6. The Roof: Continuous Learning and Continuous Improvement Reflection and Action Celebration Guiding Questions Feature: Recording and Planning for Continuous Learning: PLC Learning Grid Summary The Principal's Tool Kit Professional Development Modules Case Studies Reproducibles Glossary References Index