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  • Role of PLCs in Advancing 21st Century Skills DVD

    Role of PLCs in Advancing 21st Century Skills DVD

    In this keynote session from the 21st Century Learning Institute on 12 October 2010 Richard DuFour asserts that traditional school culture is not designed to deliver those outcomes. For students to acquire essential skills, schools must organise into PLCs. This set includes a 71-minute DVD with the video session and a CD with materials to support team or individual professional learning, including the presenter's PowerPoint, an excerpt from the book 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn and relevant web links.

    $150.00
    SOT1977 | 29th Sep, 2011
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  • Leading Difficult Conversations: Professional Learning Communities at Work DVD

    Leading Difficult Conversations: Professional Learning Communities at Work DVD

    Transforming a school into a professional learning community (PLC) requires changing embedded behaviours, beliefs and processes, which can cause resistance and conflict. In healthy PLCs, these conflicts are addressed in ways that both support core values and respect team members. In this short video, Richard DuFour and Rebecca DuFour model a principal and a teacher engaging in a conflict over marking practices, then the role play is broken down and analysed. Viewers will learn how to hold difficult but crucial conversations that lead to higher levels of commitment to PLC practices.

    $150.00
    SOT1946 | 11th Oct, 2011
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  • A Celebration of Learning: Nothing Happens Until People Are Having Fun DVD

    A Celebration of Learning: Nothing Happens Until People Are Having Fun DVD

    People of all ages thrive when their work is appreciated. In a professional learning community (PLC), this fact becomes a central part of the culture in a sustained, public celebration of achievement. In this breakout session (from the 26 June 2009, Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota), Lillie G Jessie shares how to create a school environment and culture that celebrates learning at the highest levels. She argues that learning is deeper and longer lasting when students enjoy school and are engaged in their work. With the same sense of fun she promotes, Jessie offers inventive strategies for fostering joyful student learning. Jessie’s engaging style, innovative approach and experience as a school administrator will help educators motivate students to become engaged, enthusiastic learners.

    $150.00
    SOT2958 | 11th Dec, 2012
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  • Redefining the Norm: Learning for ALL DVD

    Redefining the Norm: Learning for ALL DVD

    Understanding and changing human behaviour is key to any significant paradigm shift. This presentation focuses on historical, sociological and psychological aspects of school cultures that make implementing PLCs a challenge. Participants will learn how leaders can identify resistance and turn it into high levels of learning for all students. This unique combination of educational research, student data and practical assessment of the state of education today provides an understanding of how schools came to be in their current positions and what drives and impedes reform from the teacher’s perspective.

    $150.00
    SOT2934 | 11th Dec, 2012
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  • Tiers Without Tears: A Systematic Approach to Implementing RTI in PLC Schools DVD

    Tiers Without Tears: A Systematic Approach to Implementing RTI in PLC Schools DVD

    In this breakout session from the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute in Boston, Massachusetts (August 28, 2009), Austin Buffum uses engaging stories from his experiences in and out of the classroom to explore how response to intervention (RTI) works in real-life applications. Since RTI shifts the responsibility for helping all students become successful from special education teachers to the entire staff, Buffum argues that RTI is most effective when implemented on the foundation of a professional learning community (PLC). In this process, the three big ideas of a PLC—a focus on learning, a collaborative culture, and a focus on results—are critical.

    $150.00
    SOT2842 | 13th Dec, 2012
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  • Transformational Learning DVD

    Transformational Learning DVD

    In Transformational Learning (from the 2009 Annual Conference on Standards and Assessment in Las Vegas, Nevada), Cassandra Erkens maintains that learning should be transformational rather than transactional for students and teachers. She explains how educators must teach students to leverage the vast amount of information available to them in a media-rich era, how to build lessons that require students to use that information practically to solve problems, and how to assess students based on their demonstrated application of skills learned. To help students engage in authentic intellectual work, Ms Erkens highlights how educators can apply the tenets of professional learning communities (PLCs) to transform their teaching and better enable students to recognise and close their learning gaps.

    $150.00
    SOT2811 | 13th Dec, 2012
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  • Becoming an Authentic Learning Leader: Whatever You Do, Inspire Me! DVD

    Becoming an Authentic Learning Leader: Whatever You Do, Inspire Me! DVD

    In this keynote presentation from the February 27, 2009, Professional Learning Communities at WorkTM Summit: New Insights for Improving Schools in Phoenix, Arizona, Timothy D. Kanold discusses what we as teachers, administrators and school leaders must all become to lead professional learning communities well. He offers insight into the eight fundamental principles of inspirational motivation that help make all levels of leaders more effective in a leadership role. Kanold uses personal anecdotes and humour to explain the leadership role in dealing with the three kinds of resisters or doubters who don’t believe PLCs will make a difference.

    $150.00
    SOT2538 | 13th Dec, 2012
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  • Raising Questions and Finding Answers in Our Grading Practices DVD

    Raising Questions and Finding Answers in Our Grading Practices DVD

    In his Raising Questions and Finding Answers in Our Grading Practices breakout session (from the 9 July 2009, Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute in Denver, Colorado), Tim Brown refers to grading as “one of the most controversial topics in our schools.” A grade represents a lot more than just the student’s grasp of the material; it also represents achievement of a standard, general aptitude, effort, improvement, compliance, attitude and participation. Brown argues that teachers in general haven’t taken the time to reflect on their grading practices, and that teachers who are too busy to reflect and attempt other options will ultimately contribute to the failure of some students.

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    SOT2453 | 13th Dec, 2012
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  • Learning CPR: Creating Powerful Responses When Students Don't Learn DVD

    Learning CPR: Creating Powerful Responses When Students Don't Learn DVD

    In this breakout session from the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute in Boston, Massachusetts (August 28, 2009), Austin Buffum uses engaging stories from his experiences in and out of the classroom to explore how response to intervention (RTI) works in real-life applications. Buffum shows how RTI is most effective when implemented on the foundation of a professional learning community (PLC), as demonstrated in the book he coauthored, Pyramid Response to Intervention: RTI, Professional Learning Communities, and How to Respond When Kids Don’t Learn. To successfully help learners at risk, he suggests, an instructional intervention program must follow the precedent of medical emergency response procedures.

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    SOT2835 | 13th Dec, 2012
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  • Making Homework Matter DVD

    Making Homework Matter DVD

    At the beginning of her breakout session (from the August 12, 2009, Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute in Lincolnshire, Illinois), Cassandra Erkens says, “Fish can’t see water. They swim in it every day, and they can’t see it. We are swimming in homework water, and I’m going to ask us to step back and see it.” Erkens is a high-energy, engaging presenter who uses humour, stories from her teaching experience, and lots of discussion to breathe life into the purpose and meaning of homework. She emphasises the importance of allowing students to make mistakes (and learn from them) as they practise their skills.

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    SOT2804 | 13th Dec, 2012
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  • Leadership's Ten Commandments DVD

    Leadership's Ten Commandments DVD

    In this breakout session (from the 10 July 2009, Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute in Denver, Colorado), Kenneth C Williams presents ten powerful rules for leading and sustaining change in a professional learning community (PLC). Williams employs research, encourages audience participation, and reflects on his own experience to provide specific techniques to move educators towards PLC implementation. He digs deep into the commandments, discussing their principles and explaining why sometimes even believers stray from them. What results is a set of guidelines for leading with integrity and creating a cohesive, collaborative staff dedicated to student learning.

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    SOT2514 | 13th Dec, 2012
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  • Navigating Conflict and Feeling Good About It DVD

    Navigating Conflict and Feeling Good About It DVD

    In this breakout session (from the 10 August 2009, Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute in Lincolnshire, Illinois), Cassandra Erkens leads a group discussion on issues related to staff conflict. She emphasises the importance of using Bob Chadwick’s (1999) possibility thinking, which is “an acknowledgment that both worst and best outcomes are present and inherent in each moment, up to and often after the event.” True staff collaboration—which is an integral part of functioning as a professional learning community—inevitably leads to conflict; a staff will never agree 100 per cent of the time. Erkens argues that the role of the “resistor” is to provide alternate points of view and make us think outside the box.

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    SOT2941 | 13th Dec, 2012
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  • Forged, Not Forced: Implementation in Professional Learning Communities DVD

    Forged, Not Forced: Implementation in Professional Learning Communities DVD

    In this keynote (from the February 7, 2008, Solution Tree Summit in Anaheim, California), Thomas J. Many offers specific strategies that increase the chance of successfully implementing the professional learning communities (PLC) model. He suggests that understanding the basic tenets of PLCs is important, but knowing is not enough. Leaders must implement, execute and act. They must do. He further argues that leaders create a “learning by doing” culture by modelling learners’ behaviours. They roll up their sleeves and engage in the learning process with others, side by side and step by step. His presentation incorporates compelling examples, stories and anecdotes to support recommendations by influential authors in the field. Many offers specific strategies that increase the chance of successfully implementing the PLC model.

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    SOT2439 | 13th Dec, 2012
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  • Embedding Formative Assessment Professional Development Pack

    Embedding Formative Assessment Professional Development Pack

    Written by Professor Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy, Embedding Formative Assessment is a two-year professional development pack for schools and colleges that contains all the materials needed for two years of research-based professional development. This pack is based on the premise that all teachers can improve their practice by developing their use of assessment for learning (AfL) through membership of a teacher learning community (TLC). It presents educators with both the challenge and the support needed to embed formative assessment teaching practices consistently across a whole school.

    $544.50
    SAT8899 | 27th Sep, 2013
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  • Effective Supervision: Supporting the Art and Science of Teaching DVD

    Effective Supervision: Supporting the Art and Science of Teaching DVD

    In this DVD, researcher and author Robert J. Marzano presents a framework for observing classroom instruction based on the questions and frameworks he first laid out in The Art and Science of Teaching. Marzano presents a detailed observation protocol and demonstrates how to use it, not only as a tool for analysing classroom instruction but also as a starting point to encourage professional dialogue among teachers. This is an essential tool for supervisors, administrators, coaches, and teacher leaders, and PLC's.

    $219.00
    612055 | 7th Oct, 2013
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