Dr Richard DuFour is one of the foremost authorities on applying the principles of PLCs in the real world of schools. He is the author of many books and has written numerous professional articles. He is the coauthor of Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work.
Currently, Richard consults with school districts, state departments and professional organisations throughout North America on strategies for school improvement. Prior to this, he was a public school educator for 34 years, serving as a teacher, principal and system administrator. He was the principal of Adlai Stevenson High School in Illinois from 1983 to 1991 and served as superintendent of the district from 1991 to 2002. During his tenure, Stevenson became what the United States Department of Education (USDE) has described as 'the most recognized and celebrated school in America'.
Richard was the first principal in Illinois to receive the state's Distinguished Educator Award (and also received this award as a superintendent). He was named as one of the Top 100 School Administrators in North America by Executive Educator magazine, was presented the Distinguished Scholar Practitioner Award from the University of Illinois, and was the 2004 recipient of the National Staff Development Council's Distinguished Service Award.