So it was an exciting weekend in Radical Nation, y'all: My newest book -- Making Teamwork Meaningful in a PLC at Work -- was officially released!
I'm proud of Making Teamwork Meaningful primarily because I think it can help readers to tackle the five common frustrations faced by the leaders of professional learning communities.
And that's important, y'all: PLCs are incredibly empowering and rewarding when you get them right. But "getting them right" depends on taking practical steps forward even when the going gets tough.
Here's what others had to say about Making Teamwork Meaningful:
Educators engaged in implementing the PLC process need specific, practical strategies for overcoming the inherent challenges of substantive change.
Ferriter, Graham and Wight alert educators to the obstacles, but more importantly, present proven, practical strategies for addressing those challenges.
Making Teamwork Meaningful is a gem. I highly recommend this book to those who are serious about transforming their schools into PLCs.
Rick DuFour, Architect of the PLC at Work model.
As a Principal at a high school in its fifth year of the PLC journey, I found Making Teamwork Meaningful to be one of the most important books that I have read to date.
Nearly all of the successes and challenges described in this book resonated with me, from the initial excitement and euphoria that comes from attending a PLC conference, to the confusion that can result from creating structures to enable teacher collaboration and mechanisms for student intervention, to the frustration that can happen creating and co-existing within collaborative groups and the issues that can arise with singleton departments.
What distinguishes Making Teamwork Meaningful is the sound, practical solutions and easy-to-use resources that any educational leader can use to diagnose and improve their Professional Learning Community.
Cale Birk, Principal of South Kamloops Secondary School
Making Teamwork Meaningful is the epitome of turning the often perceived complexities of professional learning communities into simple and powerful actions.
Leaders in PLC schools are always searching for better methods to maximize capacity, thus improving student achievement.
All leaders, ranging in experience from novice to expert, will discover practical and innovative solutions that have the potential to resolve seemingly impossible problems in this book.
John Wink, Principal of Gilmer Elementary School
Making Teamwork Meaningful is a must read for any school administrator. It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned vet or a novice.
The authors provide great advice, solid research, and amazing resources. Most importantly, they provide the keys to creating a progress-driven PLC in any school.
Brett Clark, eLearning Coach
If you're interested in exploring Making Teamwork Meaningful, check out this link, which will allow you to download every handout in the text for free.
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