. Write a short summary of topics covered in Chapters 5-9.

·  What school characteristics and practices have been most successful in helping all students achieve at high level ? 

·  How could we adopt those characteristics and practices in our own school? 

·  What commitments would we have to make to one another to create such a school? 

·  What indicators could we monitor to assess our progress?

·  When the staff has built shared knowledge and found common ground on these questions, the school has a solid foundation for moving forward with its improvement initiative.

·  As the school moves forward, every professional in the building must engage with colleagues in the ongoing exploration of three crucial questions that drive the work of those within a professional learning community: 

1.  What do we want each student to learn?

2.  How will we know when each student has learned it?

3.  How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?

The answer to the third question separates learning communities from traditional schools.  DuFour

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