ERIC Number: ED469431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Getting Started: Reculturing Schools To Become Professional Learning Communities.
Eaker, Robert; DuFour, Richard; Burnette, Rebecca
Simply changing the structure of a school will not produce fundamental changes. The culture, the belief system of a school, must also change. One promising strategy for substantive school improvement is developing the capacity of school personnel to function as a professional learning community (PLC). This guide provides a conceptual framework for the PLC model. Chapter 1 focuses on the cultural shifts that must take place as schools move from more traditional ways of doing things to functioning as a PLC. Chapter 2 addresses the issue of finding the time to do all that is required to transform a school into a PLC. Chapter 3 presents the lessons learned from one particular school that made the transition to becoming a PLC in 1 year. Chapter 4, presented as a "conversation" with the authors, focuses on the major issues associated with getting started in creating a PLC. Chapter 5 challenges readers not to wait on others but to take personal steps to create a PLC in their school. Chapters 6 and 7 contain examples, handouts, and case studies intended to serve as useful tools to help move the PLC process forward. (Contains 14 references.) (WFA)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Cultural Context, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Policy Formation, School Culture, Strategic Planning, Values
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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