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PLCs, DI, & RTI
A Tapestry for School Change



© 2011 | 184 pages | Corwin

"Combining PLCs, DI AND RTI into a tapestry for school change is a brilliant idea. It weaves three predominant threads together into wholeness for teachers and students. The PLC thread provides the collegial support for substantive change to occur; the Response to Intervention thread exposes a structure that ensures student success; and the Differentiated Instruction thread highlights appropriate responses to learners' talents and needs."

—Robin Fogarty, President
Robin Fogarty & Associates

A framework for weaving common threads into an artful solution

Rather than buying individual books about professional learning communities (PLCs), differentiated instruction (DI), and Response to Intervention (RTI), invest wisely in one resource that synthesizes all three. The text uses a tapestry analogy to weave together these critical topics to form a comprehensive framework for achieving continuous school improvement. The result is a stronger foundation for administrators' leadership direction and teachers' instructional decisions based on:

  • Utilizing PLCs as the framework for sharing new strategies and understandings
  • Discussing data collected through assessments
  • Evaluating data against benchmarks

Included are walk-through checklists, learning-style surveys, and examples that illustrate practical strategies for integrating DI and RTI and collaborating with colleagues to assess student learning and adapt instruction and interventions. This timely resource efficiently provides all the information you need to optimize instruction for outstanding results.

 

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Elements and Principles of the Integrated Model
 
2. Professional Learning Communities
Threads  
What It Is  
The Research Behind It  
Who Said It and Why  
Essence  
What's in It for Me?  
21st Century Skills  
Making It Rigorous  
Fabric  
Walking the Walk  
Time, Voice, and Choice  
Defining Components  
Design  
Talking the Talk  
Using Protocols  
How and When to Begin a PLC  
Specifics of PLC Meetings  
Goals for PLCs  
Organizing PLCs  
Frame  
Nonnegotiables  
References and Resources  
 
3. Differentiated Instruction
Threads  
What It Is  
The Research Behind It  
Who Said It and Why  
Essence  
What's in It for Me?  
21st Century Skills  
Making It Rigorous  
Fabric  
Walking the Walk  
Defining Components  
Setting up a Positive Classroom Environment  
Use of Flexible Grouping  
Strategies and Activities for Differentiating Content  
Strategies and Activities for Differentiating Process  
Strategies and Activities for Differentiating Student Products  
Design  
Talking The Talk  
How and When to Implement DI  
Frame  
Nonnegotiables  
References and Resources  
 
4. Response to Intervention
Threads  
What It Is  
The Research Behind It  
Who Said It and Why  
Essence  
What's in It for Me?  
21st Century Skills  
Making It Rigorous  
Fabric  
Walking the Walk  
Defining Components  
Design  
Talking the Talk  
How and When to Implement RTI  
Frame  
Nonnegotiables  
References and Resources  
Further Resources Available Online  
 
5. Weaving a Tapestry for School Change
Time  
Simple Ways to Get Started  
Money  
Commitment  
 
References and Resources
 
Appendix A: Forms and Templates
 
Appendix B: Activities and Protocols
 
Appendix C: Resources

"Combining PLCs, DI AND RTI into a tapestry for school change is a brilliant idea. It weaves three predominant threads together into wholeness for teachers and students. The PLC thread provides the collegial support for substantive change to occur; the Response to Intervention thread exposes a structure that ensures student success; and the Differentiated Instruction thread highlights appropriate responses to learners' talents and needs."

Robin Fogarty, President
Robin Fogarty & Associates

Great book

Dr Kimberly Silbaugh
School Of Education, Lesley University
March 25, 2012

Experimental course was not approved.

Professor Cheryl Baker
College of Graduate Studies, Plymouth State University
March 2, 2012
Key features
  • Provides case studies to illustrate the key concepts in each chapter
  • Describes a systematic method for school-wide change that can get teachers to develop critical friends groups or PLCs built on collaboration, critical thinking, discussion, and lesson studies
  • Devotes an entire chapter to "Putting it Together", with timelines, team organization tools, and implementation checklists for integrating school wide PLC, RTI, and DI efforts
  • Includes guidelines for establishing a list of non-negotiables that will support the new framework and create a well-established yet necessary guide for "power teaching and learning"

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: Elements and Principles of the Integrated Model


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