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Shared Leadership

Shared Leadership
The Essential Ingredient for Effective PLCs

© 2017 | 240 pages | Corwin

Discover the game changer in school culture:  shared leadership

We all know the potential value of professional learning communities (PLCs), but why do so many fail to deliver what they set out to do? Terry Wilhelm answers this question—and more—by challenging teachers and administrators to work together once and for all to cultivate shared leadership. 

Brought to life on the page through simple practices and processes, Shared Leadership: The Essential Ingredient for Effective PLCs gives administrators the approach they need to ignite and sustain a successful PLC. The best part? The handbook explores shared leadership in curriculum, instruction, and assessment—making it easy for a team model to translate across all goals. 

How-to steps spur real change with topics such as: 
  • Developing teacher leadership and enhancing collaboration
  • Discussion protocols to fire up team meetings
  • Tools like meeting notes and troubleshooting tips
  • Common dilemmas principals encounter and what to do when faced with one
  • Pointers on maintaining a healthy culture of shared leadership

Providing everything you need to develop and maintain a meaningful PLC, this handbook is the ultimate flexible sequence plan. Get ready to recreate your school culture built on the tenets of effective PLCs with this book as your guide. 

"This is the most comprehensive collection of current research and effective practices for successful, sustainable, school change available. It includes solid, practical guidance on the essential tools and processes needed to take our team’s efforts to the next level, and will undoubtedly become our manual for continuous improvement, districtwide."
Anne M. Lundquist, Superintendent
Red Lake School District #38, Minnesota

"Terry Wilhelm provides a unique perspective on a critical aspect of the PLC process—shared leadership. As the PLC movement continues to proliferate, such guidance is both needed and timely."
Robert J. Marzano, CEO
Marzano Research

The Right Team
Creating the Calendar and Reflecting on Readiness
Guiding Coalition Meeting – Getting Started
Essential Learnings and Common Assessments
Guiding Coalition Meeting: More Best Practice Meeting Routines, Essential Learnings and Common Assessments
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Mission, Vision, Collective Commitments
Managing Complex Change
Discussion Protocols: A Bridge From Meetings-as-Usual to Professional Collaboration
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Student Work Protocol
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Student-Based Protocol
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Planning/Problem Solving Protocol
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Goal Setting and SMARTe Goals
Building Shared Knowledge About Student Interventions
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Student Interventions
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Working With Challenging Individuals
Guiding Coalition Meeting: Leading as Optimizers and Affirmers to Build Collective Efficacy
Sustaining a Culture of Shared Leadership

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