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  1. STEM Resources

    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research refers to experiments conducted to address problems in those fields that can be tested using the scientific method. The scientific method is an inquiry process used to systematically study, investigate and to provide explanations for observed phenomenon in the natural world. This method is used by STEM professionals to answer questions they have about important world problems and usually includes carefully orchestrating a situation that allows them to observe, measure and test their ideas.

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  2. 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.

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    A$150.00
  3. 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.

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    A$150.00
  4. Multimedia Kit Sale Set of 4

    This set includes 1 copy of each of the following:

    • The Power of Professional Learning Communities at Work: Bringing the Big Ideas to Life A Multimedia Kit (SOT4886)
    • Leading Difficult Conversations: Professional Learning Communities at Work DVD (SOT1946)
    • Collaborative Teams in Professional Learning Communities at Work DVD (SOT4862)
    • Leadership in Professional Learning Communities at Work DVD (SOT4855)
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    A$570.00
  5. The Will to Lead, the Skill to Teach: Transforming Schools at Every Level

    In this book, the authors acknowledge the structural and sociological issues that contribute to low-performing schools, and describe how leaders can create a healthy school culture. They offer strategies and activities to improve classroom management, increase literacy, establish academic vocabulary and create an engaging environment. Examine four broad steps to developing a positive learning environment (aligning philosophies, managing frustration, creating a culture of collaboration and institutionalising a healthy culture) and uncover the components of responsive pedagogy – a balanced framework of traditional and culturally responsive classroom activities.

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    A$21.95
  6. Leading by Design: An Action Framework for PLC at Work Leaders

    In Leading by Design: An Action Framework for PLC at Work Leaders, authors Cassandra Erkens and Eric Twadell introduce the seven leadership practices of highly effective PLC leaders, including aligning systems, building coherence and clarity, and modelling practices and expectations. Moving beyond theory into practice, the authors draw on years of research and interviews to highlight the successes and struggles of the most effective leaders in districts, schools and teams across North America attempting PLC restructuring. Leading by Design offers replicable leadership techniques and an innovative framework to guide P–12 leaders in creating successful, sustainable professional learning communities.

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    A$35.95
  7. Essentials for Principals: The School Leader's Guide to Professional Learning Communities at Work

    This book is based on three assumptions: a school’s primary purpose is to ensure high levels of learning for all students, developing a staff’s capacity to collaborate as a PLC and the principal’s role is to lead a collective effort to create a PLC through processes that promote adult learning. Richard DuFour and Rebecca DuFour provide specific, research-based and actionable steps principals can take to develop and lead a PLC, challenging leaders not to ask, “Will I make a difference?” but “What difference will I make?”

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    A$21.95
  8. Reclaiming Our Teaching Profession: The Power of Educators Learning in Community

    Drawing from a wealth of research and experience, this book shows educators how to use the transformative power of professional learning in community to raise the professional stature of educators. The authors, experts in their field, provide clear steps and real-school examples with a focus on collaborative adult learning for student gains, community respect, professional satisfaction and collegial support. They examine pitfalls and distractions, and show clear images of what empowered Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) look like for teachers, administrators and leaders at the school and district level.

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    A$32.95
  9. Content, Then Process: Teacher Learning Communities in the Service of Formative Assessment DVD

    Teacher quality is the most significant variable in school improvement, and of all the things teachers can do to improve the quality of their teaching, formative assessment has been shown to provide the greatest impact. In Content, Then Process: Teacher Learning Communities in the Service of Formative Assessment (from the 2009 Annual Conference on Standards and Assessment in Las Vegas, Nevada), Dr Wiliam outlines a model to shift towards more formative assessment–based teaching practices by first addressing content (what needs to be changed) and then addressing the process to approach that change.

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    A$150.00
  10. Aligning School Districts as PLCs

    District-wide alignment is the organisational equivalent of ensuring that every student learns. To fully realise its potential, a professional learning community (PLC) must align around three big ideas: a focus on learning, a collaborative culture, and a results orientation. For each of these ideas, there must be common agreement and expectations around certain non-negotiable policies and practices. This book shows how to align around these non-negotiables across strategic, tactical and operational roles. PLCs have demonstrated their success. Aligning School Districts as PLCs takes up the challenge of replicating that success on a larger scale.

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    A$27.95
  11. Transforming School Culture: Understanding and Overcoming Resistance to Necessary Change DVD

    In this breakout session from the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute in Denver, Colorado (July 10, 2009), Anthony Muhammad demonstrates how difficult it is to truly compare students, and how important it is to remember that every student learns differently. He also identifies and explains how to work with staff who hold the perspectives identified in his book, Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division. Muhammad describes the beliefs and assumptions of each of these groups and the dynamics within and among the groups. He explores how the outcome of these dynamics will ultimately determine the culture of a school, and how staff can respond to these groups in order to create a school culture that supports change.

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    A$150.00
  12. 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.

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    A$150.00

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