Reviving Professional Learning Communities: Strength through diversity, conflict, teamwork, and structure

I’m so pleased to announce the completion of our book, Reviving Professional Learning Communities. It’s been in publication stages for a couple of months now and is tentatively scheduled to be available in December 2012. The three authors (Dr. Nicholas Richter, Dr. Hector Arroyo, and I) want to extend a big “thank you” to Dr. Kristine […]

A Validation of the Four Key Foundations

I’d like to celebrate the exceptional work recently completed by one of our fellow dedicated educators, Nicholas Richter. We’ll start with a bit of background though. Previously I introduced the “Four Key Foundations Assessment“, a survey delineated in my book, Strong Schools, Strong Leaders. The instrument was developed to assess evidence of four bedrock practices […]

The Colorful Diversity Activity

I’m eager to share a simple diversity revealing activity that can perhaps lend a hand in one of your upcoming meetings. It’s called, The Colorful Diversity Activity, and can be used as an icebreaker prior to tackling some tough issues. Or it can be helpful for a meeting where divergent points of view may get […]

5 Rewards of Diversity

Diversity is perhaps the greatest resource we have in our organizations. Here are five reasons why: 1. Diversity Promotes Development Organizations that nurture diversity often develop at far greater rates than their counterparts. Not only does the group develop as a whole, but each individual also matures to his or her fullest potential. That only […]

PLCs & Their Impact on Student Achievement

Earlier I shared a mini-research project my colleague, Dr. Hector Arroyo, and I were working to complete. Specifically, we were trying to find out whether or not PLCs have a positive impact on student achievement. Much of the literature on PLCs indicates increased student outcomes with their implementation. This conclusion often lacks the empirical data […]

Do Professional Learning Communities Really Improve Student Achievement?

The term Professional Learning Community (PLC) is so commonplace in schools across the Nation nowadays. As you know, the literature on the topic is abundant too. Many claim that the implementation of PLCs will certainly increase student achievement. Is that really the case though? Does the empirical research actually support this argument? Perhaps. I’ll let you […]

Principal/Teacher Partnerships

Recently, a teacher and I presented on the complex topic, Principal/Teacher Partnerships. We really set out to communicate one clear message: If teachers and principals do not model–and continuously nurture–great partnerships, then students will ultimately lose out. This is easier said than done too. Casey Stengel really hit the nail on the head when he said, “It’s […]