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On Common Ground

The Power of Professional Learning Communities

ISBN 13: 9781932127423
ISBN: 1932127429
Author: Roland Barth, Barbara Eason-Watkins, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker
Publisher: ASQ Quality Press
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 272
Binding: Hard Cover

 On Common Ground brings together the experience and strategies of school improvement authorities Roland Barth, Rebecca DuFour, Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, Barbara Eason-Watkins, Michael Fullan, Lawrence Lezotte, Douglas Reeves, Jonathon Saphier, Mike Schmoker, Dennis Sparks, and Rick Stiggins. The authors explore the multi-faceted landscape of education from the perspective of decades of research and practical application, sorting out the trends and ineffectual approaches. While each of the writers has a unique perspective, the consensus of all is the importance of professional learning communities as the means to authentic, sustained school reform.

The professional learning community model articulates the strategies that are considered most effective by the authors. Substantive approaches such as: embracing learning rather than teaching as the school mission; working collaboratively toward student learning; using formative assessments and a focus on results to foster continuous improvement; and assuming individual responsibility to attain the school’s transformation.

On Common Ground gives educators the tools to move beyond theory into practice. This book provides designs for learning in a climate where student achievement is not only desirable, but mandated. Professional learning communities is the model that allows educational experts to move beyond their differences, and truly be on common ground.

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