Designed for school administrators, school leadership teams, and other teacher leaders, this resource provides essential guidelines for establishing effectiveáProfessional Learning Teams (PLTs).áTo ensure successful implementation, school leaders need support in taking the critical first steps toward creating job-embedded, collegial, schoolwide professional growth opportunities. Susan E. Sather provides a model for implementing PLTs and demonstrates howáschool leaders can lay the groundwork and provideáthe necessary support for the work of PLTs during both the planning and implementation stages. Readers will find suggestions for creating the necessary conditions that lead to strong and sustainable teamsáand for anticipating and dealing with potential challenges.
List of Figures and Tables
Foreword by Shirley M. Hord
About the Author
1. Understanding Professional Learning Teams
2. Setting the Stage for Success
3. Laying the Foundation Within the School Community
4. What About Leadership?
5. Supporting the Work of PLTs
A. National Staff Development Council (NSDC) Standards for Staff Development
B. Survey of School Capacity for Continuous Improvement
C. Professional Learning Community (PLC) Survey
D. Finding Time for Professional Learning
E. Resolving Conflict: Key to Collaboration
F. Sample Conflict Scenarios
G. Possible Expectations for PLT Team Leaders and Facilitators