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PLC Frustrations

Bill Ferriter offers some reflections on a recent virtual dicussion on "structuring professional learning communities" led by PLC experts Rick and Becky DuFour. One point that stuck out for him: PLC's can often be especially draining and frustrating for the teachers who are most committed to them. This is where administrators need to step in:

For school leaders, this means that a critical requirement (responsibility?) for driving successful change is keeping a finger on the emotional pulse of those core staff members that push their peers in positive directions. Take time to touch base with them often. Celebrate their efforts privately and publicly. Find ways to acknowledge and reward their efforts. Ask for feedback about school strengths and weaknesses, and offer specific guidance for overcoming immediate challenges.
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