Bloomington, Ind. — June 5, 2007 — As President Bush nears the end of his term, the fate of No Child Left Behind legislation hangs in the balance. Whether or not this is joyous news for educators, many have already seized opportunities to improve. One process being implemented throughout North America is Professional Learning Communities at Work™, developed by Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Rebecca DuFour. The Power of Professional Learning Communities at Work™: Bringing the Big Ideas to Life is a new video set designed to benefit PLC veterans and novices alike.

Released June 4 by Solution Tree, an educational publishing and services company, The Power of Professional Learning Communities at Work explores how a focus on learning, collaboration, and results can radically improve student learning. It takes the audience inside eight PLC schools, where teachers and administrators share successful strategies and personal experiences in unscripted, candid conversations and collaborative team meetings. Throughout the program, the DuFours and Eaker spotlight the essentials of the PLC process, with supporting commentary from education experts Larry Lezotte, Tom Many, Mike Schmoker, and Rick Stiggins.

Developed to guide educators new to PLC concepts, as well as those who have already embraced the process, The Power of Professional Learning Communities at Work details the logistics and benefits of this school improvement model. Educators who use this as a staff development tool will learn how PLC strategies can improve student learning, even in schools facing 21st century challenges like mobile populations, increasing numbers of English language learners, and high poverty.

Solution Tree President Jeff Jones commends the DuFours and Eaker on their commitment to improving education. "Rick, Bob, and Becky are the architects of professional learning communities, which have been heralded by every major educational association. Their life work brings forth the most powerful opportunity we have in North America to truly transform education at a systemic level."

The video set is divided into four programs: "What Is a Professional Learning Community?" "A Focus on Learning," "A Culture of Collaboration," and "A Focus on Results." Administrators and teacher team leaders can present this resource in four half-day workshops.

About the Authors

Richard DuFour was a public school educator for 34 years, serving as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. Dr. DuFour is one of the nation´s foremost authorities on applying PLC principles in the real world of schools.

Rebecca DuFour has served as a teacher, school administrator, and central office coordinator. As a former elementary principal, she helped her school earn state and national recognition as a model professional learning community.

Robert Eaker is currently a professor of education at Middle Tennessee State University, where he has also served as Dean of the College of Education and as Interim Executive Vice President and Provost.

About Solution Tree

For 20 years, Solution Tree resources have helped K–12 teachers and administrators create safe and caring schools and communities in which all children succeed. We strive to be the premier provider of in-demand events, innovative publishing, and inspired professional development designed to transform education worldwide to ensure all students learn.

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