Friday, August 26, 2011

Live Tuesday August 30th (Early Time) with Richard and Rebecca DuFour on Professional Learning Communities to Improve Schools

Join me Tuesday, August 30th, at an earlier-than-normal time for a live and interactive webinar with Richard and Rebecca DuFour on using Professional Learning Communities to improve schools. The DuFours have made two papers available for those who would like to read up before the interview:
Date: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Time: 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern / 9pm GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording and a portable .mp3 audio recording will be posted here after the show. The LearnCentral event page is

Rebecca B. DuFour, M.Ed., 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 and a Blue Ribbon School. She has co-authored nine books, was one of the featured principals in the 2001 Video Journal of Education production, “Leadership in an Age of Standards and High Stakes” and was the lead consultant and featured principal in their 2003 program, “Elementary Principals as Leaders of Learning.” She has written for numerous professional journals, reviewed books for the Journal of Staff Development and authored a quarterly column for Leadership Compass, published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Richard DuFour, Ed.D, is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on applying the principles of professional learning communities in the real world of schools. He draws upon 34 years of experience as a public school educator – teacher, principal, and superintendent – and his two decades as a leader of one of the most recognized and celebrated schools in America, Adlai Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Dr. DuFour has authored fourteen books, has published more than eighty articles on the Professional Learning Community concept, and served as a columnist for the Journal of Staff Development for nearly a decade. He has received numerous state and national awards for distinguished educational service and scholarship.

Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work: New Insights for Improving Schools  Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Communities at Work  Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Whatever It Takes  How to Develop a Professional Learning Community: Passion and Persistence