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Sustaining Professional Learning Communities



November 2007 | 224 pages | Corwin
A concise volume packed with research and innovative ideas from today's key thinkers!

The third volume of The Soul of Educational Leadership series offers key concepts and strategies for sustaining the critically important work of professional learning communities. With contributions from Shirley Hord, Maurice Elias, Karen Seashore Louis, Andy Hargreaves, and other nationally known educators, this essential reading for all school leaders articulates a commitment to nurturing learning communities and includes discussions on:

-Leadership teams and a collaborative culture

-The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

-Multiple approaches for supporting social-emotional learning in schools

-Leadership, moral choices, and real-world realities

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Editors
 
About the Contributors
 
Introduction
Nancy Shin Pascal and Alan M. Blankstein
1. "Communities Committed to Learning": A Case Story of Building Sustainable Success
Shirley M. Hord and Stephanie A. Hirsh
2. Making the Promise a Reality
Karen Seashore Louis
3. Creating and Sustaining Professional Communities
Maurice J. Elias
4. From Model Implementation to Sustainability: A Multisite Study of Pathways to Excellence in Social-Emotional Learning and Related School Programs
James B. Vetter
5. A Leadership Team Approach to Sustaining Social and Emotional Learning
Larry Leverett
6. Pursuit of Sustainability
Joseph Aguerrebere
7. Using National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a Framework for Learning Communities
Deborah L. Wortham
8. Compelled to Create Collaborative Learning Communities
Andy Hargreaves
9. Leading Professional Learning Communities: Moral Choices Amid Murky Realities
 
Index

"This resource brings together an incredible blend of leading educational thinkers. Their diverse experiences, perspectives, and wisdom will stimulate in leaders the ‘deep work’ of heart, mind, and soul essential for creating schools that continuously improve teaching, learning, and relationships in ways that benefit all members of the school community."

Dennis Sparks, Emeritus Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

"This book provides crucial insights into how leaders can make a difference in creating schools that engage every student and provide every teacher with the support and guidance they need. A must-read for leaders who want to make a difference!"

Pedro A. Noguera, Professor, New York University
Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education

“An excellent discussion of key strategies and ideas for sustaining the work of these communities. From managing transitions to sustainability issues, these articles address the heart of PLC involvement.”

California Bookwatch, April 2008
Midwest Book Review

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