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Additional Resources


Rich Smith recommends these information sources about professional learning communities.

All of the books are publications of Solution Tree (

Website This site, maintained by the publisher Solution Tree in Bloomington, Ind., carries the latest research, articles, tools and other education resources for building a professional learning community.


Aligning School Districts as PLCs by Mark Van Clay, Perry Soldwedel and Thomas W. Many. The authors break down the process of districtwide PLC implementation and alignment into a systematic and comprehensive approach.

The Collaborative Teacher: Working Together as a Professional Learning Community by Cassandra Erkens and others. Various contributors share specific techniques, supporting research, expert insight and real classroom stories that illustrate collaboration for student learning.

The Five Disciplines of PLC Leaders by Tim Kanold. The book provides a system of practices for developing personal leadership skills in five explicit areas that will have the greatest impact on an organization’s success.

Leaders of Learning: How District, School and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement by Richard DuFour and Robert J. Marzano. The book focuses on district, principal and team leadership and how individual teachers can be effective by learning with colleagues how to implement promising pedagogy.

Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work, 2nd edition, by Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker and Thomas W. Many. The latest edition provides guidance for closing the knowing-doing gap and transforming schools into PLCs.

Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Whatever It Takes by Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker and Gayle Karhanek. The authors examine schools and districts across North America that have moved successfully from traditional cultures to PLCs. Case studies of schools provide evidence of PLC intervention strategies. Sanger Unified is featured in one chapter.


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