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Sustaining Professional Learning Communities


reviewed by Linda Friedrich — December 09, 2008

coverTitle: Sustaining Professional Learning Communities
Author(s): Alan M. Blankstein, Paul D. Houston, and Robert W. Cole (Eds.)
Publisher: Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 1412949386, Pages: 204, Year: 2007
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The literature of education reform is, unfortunately, replete with examples of beneficial changes that failed the test of time. How can we work together to create learning communities that support enduring change? (p. 2) This statement in Cole’s introduction to this edited volume highlights a central and lasting question confronting educators. Once a positive reform has been initiated, how does it withstand inevitable changes in personnel, priorities, and policies? In the third volume of the series, The Soul of Educational Leadership, Blankstein, Houston and Cole have assembled retrospective analyses of reforms, research syntheses, and prescriptive essays of interest to reformers as well as school and district administrators. While the chapters vary in the degree to which they explicitly address questions of both sustainability and professional learning communities, several important ideas related to maintaining these communities emerge from a careful reading of this volume. Professional learning communities must focus on authentic student and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 09, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15464, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 12:16:20 AM

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  • Linda Friedrich
    National Writing Project
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    LINDA FRIEDRICH, Senior Research Associate at the National Writing Project, is interested in questions related to teacher leadership, teacher professional communities, and long-term sustainability of reform. Her recent publications include a chapter with Ann Lieberman entitled, “Changing Teaching from Within: Teachers as Leaders” in John Macbeath and YC Cheng (Eds.) Leadership for Learning: International Perspectives. She is currently examining questions of how leadership capacity gets developed over time in the National Writing Project’s Legacy Study.
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