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Solutions For Building Leadership Capacity

Leadership matters— now more than ever. You don’t have to go it alone.

As a decision maker, all eyes are on you. You’re asked to do more but with fewer resources. It’s a never-ending job, but it is one that you love. Let us help you love it a little more.

Inside, you’ll find research, strategies, and tools selected just for you. Expand and strengthen your leadership skills and knowledge, and build leadership capacity in others. Develop support systems that work, share information that matters, and see increased student achievement year after year. And for the days that aren’t so lovable? We’ve got you covered then, too, with voices that inspire, empower, and get your team ready to push forward another day.

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Professional Learning Communities at Work™ 10

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Assessment 13

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Joint Publications With Solution Tree has collaborated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals to deliver books dedicated solely to K−8 principals. The Essentials for Principals Series and the What Principals Need to Know Series offer you the content-area and pedagogical expertise every administrator needs to serve as an effective instructional leader. Tailored to meet the needs of your busy schedule, each guide focuses on instructional issues vital to inspired and successful leadership. The School Leader’s Guide to Professional Learning Communities at Work™

The School Leader’s Guide to English Learners By Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

By Richard DuFour and Rebecca DuFour

NEW! English learners face not only the challenge

NEW! Are you a K–8 principal ready to implement

of learning English, but also learning in English. How, then, do you set reasonable expectations for developing proficiency? School leaders will find the answers inside, including how to assess the individual needs of ELs, how to create a quality instructional program, and how to evaluate performance. Each chapter offers reliable, research-based ways to implement solutions you can count on.

the PLC at Work™ process? Two experienced practitioners show you how to explore the critical components needed to lay the foundation of a PLC, including how to develop a structure that supports collaborative teams, how to focus on effective monitoring strategies, how to reflect on your communication effectiveness, and more.

ISBN 978-1-935543-36-7 25BCG–BKF489 $19.95

The School Leader’s Guide to Special Education

By Mardale Dunsworth and Dawn Billings 2nd Edition Educators are increasingly coming to realize the importance of making decisions based on reliable, accurate data. This short guide provides a blueprint for evaluating academic programs, practices, or strategies within a simple, effective framework. It includes a step-by-step walkthrough of the program evaluation cycle and an appendix that explains vital concepts and vocabulary in accessible language.

NEW! 3rd Edition Special education is often a confusing and expensive consideration of running a school. You have IEPs and BIPs in place, but are they really working? Find a refresher on the key legal rights of students with disabilities, along with methods for designing and implementing IEPs and BIPs that work, approaches to creating effective instruction and assessment practices, and opportunities for inclusion in the general education classroom.

ISBN 978-1-935542-90-2 25BCG–BKF461 $19.95

ISBN 978-1-935542-81-0 25BCG–BKF453 $19.95

Data-Based Decision Making By Edie L. Holcomb

NEW! 3rd Edition You’re ready to start collecting and utilizing school data, but what data? How exactly will you find it and how will you use it once you have it? This informative resource takes an in-depth look at best data collection practices and guides the elementary school principal on how to reach struggling learners, strengthen instruction, and achieve schoolwide improvement. Grades K–5

ISBN 978-1-936765-17-1 25BCG–BKF540 $19.95

Effective Program Evaluation

By Margaret J. McLaughlin and Kristin Ruedel

ISBN 978-1-935543-02-2 25BCG–BKF469 $19.95

Available June 2012

Creating Physical & Emotional Security in Schools

By Kenneth C. Williams 2nd Edition This short text offers strategies for building a safe, supportive school where learning can flourish. Learn steps to nurture healthy relationships with students, families, and community members. Discover ways to empower teachers through observation, communication, and collaboration. Blending research and real-world examples, the author shows why high expectations are essential and how to address behavior, conflict, and crisis management issues. ISBN 978-1-935542-78-0 25BCG–BKF451 $19.95

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Mobile Learning Devices

By Kipp D. Rogers Learn exactly what mobile learning is, how to introduce MLDs into your school, and how to ensure that teachers and students use them appropriately to enhance 21st century learning. Logistical implementation tips and examples of effective lesson plans are included.

What Principals Need to Know About Differentiated Instruction By Gayle Gregory 2nd Edition Promote teaching strategies that meet the learning needs of all students, including students with special needs, gifted learners, students with attention deficit disorder, and English learners. This quick read explores the impact of brain function and learning styles, defines differentiation, and outlines conditions for successful implementation. The author examines implications for curriculum and assessment design, classroom management, and leadership.


Available June 2012

ISBN 978-1-935542-50-6 25BCG–BKF536 $19.95

ISBN 978-1-935542-69-8 25BCG–BKF445 $19.95

What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Mathematics

Communicating & Connecting With Social Media

By William M. Ferriter, Jason T. Ramsden, and Eric C. Sheninger In this short text, the authors examine how enterprising schools are using social media tools to provide customized professional development for teachers and to transform communication practices with staff, students, parents, and other stakeholders. Grades K–8

ISBN 978-1-935543-55-8 25BCG–BKF501 $24.95

ISBN 978-1-935249-54-2 25BCG–BKF474 $19.95

Want more on social media? Why Social Media Matters School Communication in the Digital Age

By Kitty Porterfield and Meg Carnes Foreword by Daniel A. Domenech

NEW! Why is it so critical that school leaders embrace social media? And when you’re ready to start, what’s the best first step? Here’s everything you need to know to begin building a social media platform that nurtures relationships and garners support from your key stakeholders, including step-by-step instructions on how to use three of today’s most popular tools for social media: Twitter, Facebook, and blogs.

By Timothy D. Kanold, Diane J. Briars, and Francis (Skip) Fennell Ensure a challenging mathematics experience for every learner, every day. This must-have resource offers support and encouragement for improved mathematics achievement across every grade level of your school. With an emphasis on Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and Common Core State Standards, this book covers the importance of mathematics content, learning and instruction, and mathematics assessment.

ISBN 978-1-935542-96-4 25BCG–BKF465 $19.95

What Principals Need to Know About the Basics of Creating Brain-Compatible Classrooms

By David A. Sousa Understand the basics for creating brain-compatible classrooms with this brief, accessible guide customized for principals. Explore an overview of educational neuroscience designed to help principals construct meaningful professional development that enhances teachers’ knowledge and skills about brain-compatible learning. The author guides principals from the basics of brain structure through applications of educational neuroscience to build productive and successful braincompatible classrooms.

ISBN 978-1-935542-99-5 25BCG–BKF463 $19.95

A Joint Publication With the American Association of School Administrators


you just have to know where to find them. Turn to the Solution Tree Leading Edge™ series first. Breaking Through Effective Instruction & Assessment for Reaching English Learners Edited by Margarita Calderón By Barbara D. Acosta, Laura Alvarez, Kristina Anstrom, Margarita Calderón, Sarah Capitelli, Jim Cummins, Claude Goldenberg, Joel Gómez, Margo Gottlieb, Elena Izquierdo, Okhee Lee, Liliana Minaya-Rowe, Alba A. Ortiz, Charlene Rivera, Robert E. Slavin, Maria N. Trejo, and Guadalupe Valdés

Rebuilding the Foundation


English Learners


As a leader, you don’t have to know all the answers—

Effective Reading Instruction for 21st Century Literacy Edited by Timothy V. Rasinski By Peter Afflerbach, Richard L. Allington, Rita M. Bean, Donald R. Bear, Camille L. Z. Blachowicz, Ruth Culham, Patricia M. Cunningham, Peter J. Fisher, Linda B. Gambrell, James V. Hoffman, Lesley Mandel Morrow, Maureen McLaughlin, Maryann Mraz, P. David Pearson, Timothy V. Rasinski, Timothy Shanahan, William H. Teale, Shane Templeton, Richard T. Vacca, Susan Watts-Taffe, and Junko Yokota

NEW! Utilizing research and field studies, this book outlines a whole-school approach to helping English learners achieve. Discover how integrating language, literacy, and subject matter instruction leads to greater success for this growing student population. Hardcover

21st Century Skills

Rethinking How Students Learn Edited by James Bellanca and Ron Brandt By John Barell, Linda Darling-Hammond, Chris Dede, Rebecca DuFour, Richard DuFour, Douglas Fisher, Robin Fogarty, Nancy Frey, Howard Gardner, Andy Hargreaves, David W. Johnson, Roger T. Johnson, Ken Kay, Cheryl Lemke, Jay McTighe, Alan November, Bob Pearlman, Brian M. Pete, Douglas Reeves, Will Richardson, and Elliott Seif Foreword by Ken Kay

Education luminaries reveal why 21st century skills are necessary, which skills are most important, and how to help schools include them in curriculum and instruction. Hardcover

By Barrie Bennett, David Berliner, Jere Brophy, Lynn Erickson, Thomas Good, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Jana Marzano, Robert Marzano, Richard Mayer, Jay McTighe, Matthew Perini, Debra Pickering, Harvey Silver, Carol Ann Tomlinson, and Grant Wiggins



Edited by Robert Marzano

The world’s best education researchers, theorists, and staff developers provide a comprehensive view of instruction from a theoretical, systemic, and classroom perspective. Hardcover ISBN 978-1-934009-58-1 25BCG–BKF278 $34.95

On Common Ground

The Power of Professional Learning Communities Edited by Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Rebecca DuFour By Roland Barth, Rebecca DuFour, Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, Barbara Eason-Watkins, Michael Fullan, Lawrence Lezotte, Douglas Reeves, Jonathon Saphier, Mike Schmoker, Dennis Sparks, and Rick Stiggins

Bestseller! Examine a colorful cross section of educators’ experiences with PLCs. This collection of insights from practitioners throughout North America highlights the benefits of PLCs. Hardcover

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ISBN 978-1-932127-42-3 25BCG–BKF180 $34.95

Neuroscience Implications for the Classroom Edited by David A. Sousa By Daniel Ansari, Joanna A. Christodoulou, Donna Coch, Stanislas Dehaene, Keith Devlin, Marianna D. Eddy, Matthias Faeth, Kurt W. Fischer, John Gabrieli, Mariale M. Hardiman, Katie Heikkinen, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Tricia O’Loughlin, Michael I. Posner, David A. Sousa, Diane L. Williams, and Judy Willis

Understanding how the brain learns helps teachers do their jobs more effectively. In this book, primary researchers share the latest findings in neuroscience, as well as applications, examples, and innovative strategies. Hardcover ISBN 978-1-935249-63-4 25BCG–BKF358 $34.95

Ahead of the Curve

The Power of Assessment to Transform Teaching and Learning Edited by Douglas Reeves By Larry Ainsworth, Lisa Almeida, Anne Davies, Richard DuFour, Linda Gregg, Thomas Guskey, Robert Marzano, Ken O’Connor, Douglas Reeves, Rick Stiggins, Stephen White, and Dylan Wiliam

Bestseller! Leaders in education contribute their perspectives on effective assessment design and implementation, sending out a call for redirecting assessment to improve student achievement and inform instruction. Hardcover

School Improvement

PLC at Work™

Mind, Brain, & Education

ISBN 978-1-935249-90-0

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On Excellence in Teaching

ISBN 978-1-935542-00-1 25BCG–BKF399 $34.95

ISBN 978-1-936765-36-2 25BCG–BKF552 $34.95

Educational Neuroscience

21st Century Skills

This book presents a deep and thoughtful conversation about what is meant by effective reading instruction for all students. Hardcover

ISBN 978-1-934009-06-2 25BCG–BKF232 $34.95

Change Wars

Edited by Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan By Michael Barber, Linda Darling-Hammond, Richard Elmore, Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves, Jonathan Jansen, Ben Levin, Pedro Noguera, Douglas Reeves, Andreas Schleicher, Dennis Shirley, James Spillane, and Marc Tucker

What can organizations do to create profound, enduring changes? International experts prove successful change can be a realistic goal and then explore constructive alternatives to traditional change strategies. Hardcover

ISBN 978-1-934009-31-4 25BCG–BKF254 $34.95

Aligning School Districts as PLCs By Mark Van Clay, Perry Soldwedel, and Thomas W. Many

In order for a professional learning community to achieve its full potential, all levels districtwide must align around the three big ideas: ensuring a focus on learning, building a collaborative culture, and establishing a results orientation. This book breaks down the complex process of aligning the work of central office staff, building leadership, and teachers to increase student achievement.

ISBN 978-1-935543-39-8 25BCG–BKF493 $24.95

Striking the Right Balance

By Robert J. Marzano and Timothy Waters Bridge the great divide between distanced administrative duties and daily classroom impact. This book introduces a top-down power mechanism called defined autonomy, a concept that focuses on district-defined, nonnegotiable, common goals and a system of accountability supported by assessment tools. Defined autonomy creates an effective balance of centralized direction and individualized empowerment that allows building-level staff the stylistic freedom to respond quickly and effectively to student failure.


Foreword by Michael Fullan

District Leadership That Works

ISBN 978-1-935249-19-1 25BCG–BKF314 $24.95

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Breaking the Poverty Barrier

Changing Student Lives With Passion, Perseverance, and Performance By Ricardo LeBlanc-Esparza and William S. Roulston Strong leadership, parent involvement, mentoring, data-based intervention, and high expectations are known factors in student success. This book illustrates the specific strategies and critical steps that transformed a school with shockingly low proficiency into a National Showcase School.

ISBN 978-1-935543-14-5 25BCG–BKF476 $29.95

Boys in Poverty

A Framework for Understanding Dropout By Ruby K. Payne and Paul D. Slocumb Foreword by Michael Gurian

Examine the risk factors for dropout among males living in poverty, especially generational poverty. Explore personal, community, and school system issues, including family dysfunction, disability, poor teaching, punitive discipline, and absence of differentiated instruction. Offering specific interventions, the book focuses on boys’ physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development and the unique problems of sensitive, gay, gifted, ADHD, and postadolescent males.

ISBN 978-1-935542-22-3 25BCG–BKF383 $24.95

The High-Performing School

The Kids Left Behind

By Mardale Dunsworth and Dawn Billings Get three books in one! First, learn what research has identified as the 10 indicators of highperforming schools. Then, use rubrics to track how closely your school reflects those practices and learn what you can do to improve. Finally, use tools and strategies to create buy-in and involve all stakeholders, as well as monitor and report progress along the way.

By Robert D. Barr and William H. Parrett

Benchmarking the 10 Indicators of Effectiveness

ISBN 978-1-934009-47-5 25BCG–BKF294 $34.95

Catching Up the Underachieving Children of Poverty Foreword by Kati Haycock

Examine critical studies on high-performing, highpoverty schools to identify how schools can fulfill the mission of educating all students to proficiency, especially students at risk. The authors compiled the most important research on how low-performing, high-poverty schools achieved radical improvements in learning for their most vulnerable students and also identified eight best practices, breaking them down into specific strategies, often using real-life examples from successful schools. ISBN 978-1-935542-35-3 25BCG–BKF432 $34.95

Use each resource as an instrument to cultivate your leadership skills and create change. Reference one chapter at a time, or create a structured book study with your leadership team for greater impact.

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Dealing with differing personalities and emotions can present some of the greatest challenges in leadership. Learn how to build on strengths, curtail conflict, and spot opportunities for improvement.

The Will to Lead, the Skill to Teach

Transforming School Culture

By Anthony Muhammad and Sharroky Hollie School improvement begins with self-examination and honest dialogue about socialization, bias, discrimination, and cultural insensitivity. The authors acknowledge both the structural and sociological issues that contribute to low-performing schools and offer multiple tools and strategies to assess and improve classroom management, increase literacy, establish academic vocabulary, and contribute to a healthier school culture.

By Anthony Muhammad

Transforming Schools at Every Level

Foreword by Richard DuFour

Bestseller! Busy administrators will appreciate this quick read packed with immediate, accessible strategies for transforming toxic school cultures into healthy environments conducive to change. ISBN 978-1-934009-45-1 25BCG–BKF281 $19.95

ISBN 978-1-935542-54-4 25BCG–BKF443 $19.95

Commit to the pursuit of sustained school improvement. Enroll in the online course. You and your leadership team will be challenged to come together to ask important questions and solve problems. Call 800.733.6786 or visit to learn more.

Working With Difficult & Resistant Staff

Transforming School Culture Online Course Presenter: Anthony Muhammad

NEW! Dr. Anthony Muhammad sheds new light on the diverse issues of resistant staff. Explore the root causes of staff resistance to change, and learn immediate, accessible strategies that improve school culture. Dr. Muhammad provides the framework for understanding dynamic relationships within a school culture and ensuring a positive environment that supports the changes necessary to improve learning for all students. Included eBook: Transforming School Culture CEU Online Course 3-Credit Online Course

25BCG–KDS001 $279.00 25BCG–KDS002 $499.00

Leading a Learning Organization The Science of Working With Others

By John F. Eller and Sheila A. Eller To move forward in the school improvement process, school leaders must address the behaviors of difficult and resistant staff members while sending the message that a few people cannot halt change. This book will help school leaders understand how to prevent and address negative behaviors to ensure positive school change. ISBN 978-1-935542-07-0 25BCG–BKF407 $24.95

By Casey Reason Improve the quality of organizational learning in your school. The author draws on educational, psychological, and neuroscientific research to show how leaders can change the prevailing emotional climate or tone of a school to promote deeper learning at all levels.

ISBN 978-1-934009-57-4 25BCG–BKF283 $24.95

Developing Connective Leadership

Leading With Trust

By Larry Alper, Kimberly Williams, and David Hyerle Explore leadership from the inside out. Examine personal reflectiveness, interpersonal interactions, and schoolwide transformative processes—all to bring you back to leading connectively and collaboratively.

By Susan Stephenson Identify causes of distrust, and learn how to discuss traditionally taboo topics. This book offers strategies based on substantial findings from the latest research. Activities help team leaders engage staff and move the community toward a more trusting environment.

Successes With Thinking Maps ®

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How to Build Strong School Teams

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But have you given your team the tools and training they need to meet them? These resources will help you make sense of the data you need to hit each of your improvement milestones.

Got Data? Now What?

Creating and Leading Cultures of Inquiry

Data Dynamics

By Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman

Aligning Teacher Team, School, & District Efforts

NEW! Explore three defining challenges that

By Edie L. Holcomb

school teams face when gathering, interpreting, and utilizing school data. Complete with survey questions for efficient data collection, group work structures, strategies, and tools—along with essential definitions and descriptions of data types—this compelling guide will help you confront data obstacles and turn struggling committees into powerful communities of learners.

ISBN 978-1-936765-03-4 25BCG–BKF530 $24.95

NEW! How is your school data performing for you? Examine the ways your school can better use student achievement data, nonacademic student data, staff data, and parent/community data to identify areas for improvement. This book will help administrators and leaders with school improvement planning and implementation, and teachers will find that good data can be used to plan instruction and monitor and motivate students.

ISBN 978-1-935542-23-0 25BCG–BKF424 $29.95

More Than a SMART Goal

The Power of SMART Goals

By Anne E. Conzemius and Terry Morganti-Fisher Setting data-informed, high-priority SMART goals is a critical step in school improvement that is widely acknowledged. However, goals themselves don’t drive improvement; they must be aligned to the school improvement process, curriculum, instruction, assessment practices, mandates, and professional development. Understand how to properly use the SMART goal process to effect change and achieve real school improvement.

By Jan O’Neill and Anne Conzemius

Staying Focused on Student Learning

ISBN 978-1-935543-24-4 25BCG–BKF482 $24.95

School Improvement

You’ve set goals.

Using Goals to Improve Student Learning With Carol Commodore and Carol Pulsfus

Help staff focus on results and implement SMART (Strategic and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-based, and Time-bound) goals to transform your school into a place where every student meets or exceeds standards. The authors present four success stories from real SMART schools and several frameworks for adult and student goal setting that lead to real results.

ISBN 978-1-932127-87-4 25BCG–BKF207 $29.95

The Handbook for SMART School Teams

By Anne Conzemius and Jan O’Neill The Handbook for SMART School Teams is a vital resource for a school seeking to become—or already in the process of becoming—a professional learning community. This handbook is based on W. Edwards Deming’s theory of continuous improvement (Plan, Do, Study, Act). When an entire school community is thinking PDSA, learning and improvement become second nature. ISBN 978-1-935249-92-4 25BCG–BKF392 $54.95

Data can be tough. Call our PD team at 888.763.9045 to develop a customized plan with hands-on training.



Every School, Every Team, Every Classroom

District Leadership for Growing Professional Learning Communities at Work™ By Robert Eaker and Janel Keating The PLC journey begins by articulating a moral purpose: a dedication to ensuring that every student learns. Using many examples and reproducible tools, the authors explain the need to focus on creating simultaneous top-down and bottom-up leadership to align district- and school-level policies and procedures. Learn how to grow PLCs by providing direction and encouraging innovation at every level of the district.

ISBN 978-1-936765-09-6 25BCG–BKF534 $29.95

Leading by Design

An Action Framework for PLC at Work™ Leaders By Cassandra Erkens and Eric Twadell Foreword by Richard DuFour

NEW! By focusing on what students learn rather than what they are taught, schools can redefine their mission and begin the transition to a professional learning community. After interviewing and observing principals, administrators, and teachers, the authors identify seven leadership practices that effective PLC leaders share, along with the techniques that have led them to sustainable success. ISBN 978-1-935542-29-2 25BCG–BKF430 $29.95

Whatever It Takes

Building a Professional Learning Community at Work™

By Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Gayle Karhanek

A Guide to the First Year

By Parry Graham and William M. Ferriter

Bestseller! This expansion of Whatever It Takes:

Foreword by Richard DuFour and Rebecca DuFour

How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don’t Learn sharpens the focus on the pyramid of interventions strategy, presents new insights, and explains how PLC intervention processes align with RTI legislation.

This play-by-play guide to implementing PLC concepts uses a story to focus each chapter. The authors analyze the story, highlighting good decisions and mistakes. They offer research behind best practice and wrap up each chapter with practical recommendations and tools.

Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap

ISBN 978-1-935249-84-9 25BCG–BKF378 $24.95

ISBN 978-1-934009-59-8 25BCG–BKF273 $29.95

Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work™

Foundations of the PLC Concept Online Course

By Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, and Robert Eaker

NEW! Begin with a general overview of the PLC

New Insights for Improving Schools

Bestseller! This 10th-anniversary sequel to the pivotal book Professional Learning Communities at Work™ offers advanced insights on deep implementation, the commitment/consensus issue, and the human side of PLCs. Gain greater knowledge of common mistakes to avoid and new discoveries for success. ISBN 978-1-934009-32-1 25BCG–BKF252 $34.95

Presenters: Rebecca DuFour and Richard DuFour process, and explore specific ideas and questions that drive the work of the members of a PLC. You’ll also develop the common vocabulary essential to implementing the PLC concept; examine and utilize strategies for building consensus; engage in the process of creating the shared mission, vision, collective commitments, and goals that constitute the foundation of a PLC; and more. Included Book: Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work™ CEU Online Course

Getting District Results

A Case Study in Implementing PLCs at Work™

25BCG–OTF010 $279.00

By Nicholas Jay Myers Foreword by Richard DuFour

NEW! Discover how the largest elementary school district in Illinois became a flourishing professional learning community. You’ll walk through each step of the PLC journey to learn how the district approached the most vital components of a successful PLC, such as building shared knowledge, forming collaborative teams, and setting priorities. Reduce your own trial and error by using their lessons learned as a road map toward longlasting change.

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ISBN 978-1-936764-32-7 25BCG–BKF590 $19.95

Nobody does PLCs like Solution Tree. Wherever you are on the journey, we have the resources and experienced associates to support you. If you’re just beginning the process, consider a PLC at Work™ Overview for you and your staff. Or, enroll your core group of teacher-leaders in our online course and earn credits!

The Five Disciplines of PLC Leaders By Timothy D. Kanold

Outstanding leadership in a professional learning community requires practice and patience. Simply trying harder will not yield results; leaders must proactively train to get better at the skills that matter. This book offers a framework to focus time, energy, and effort on five key disciplines. Included are reflection exercises to help readers find their own path toward effective PLC leadership.

ISBN 978-1-935543-42-8 25BCG–BKF495 $29.95

Leading Difficult Conversations

Featuring Richard DuFour and Rebecca DuFour Gain strategies for addressing the conflicts that can result from transforming a school into a professional learning community. Learn how to hold conversations that lead staff to understand that best practice is to work collaboratively and collectively in high-performing teams. 30-minute DVD with presentation; 32-page Facilitator’s Guide (in print and on CD)

UPC 811796010537 25BCG–DVF047 $174.95

How District, School, and Classroom Leaders Improve Student Achievement By Richard DuFour and Robert J. Marzano Bestseller! Together, the authors focus on district leadership, principal leadership, and team leadership and address how individual teachers can be most effective in leading students—by learning with colleagues how to implement the most promising pedagogy in their classrooms.

Leadership in Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Learning by Doing

Featuring Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Thomas Many

Bestseller! Watch leaders in action within a PLC. This short program for PLC leaders uses unscripted interviews and footage from schools to illustrate the role of effective leadership, particularly from the principal, in embedding PLC practices and values in a school. 32-minute DVD; 32-page Facilitator’s Guide (in print and on CD)

Learning by Doing

A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work™ By Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Thomas Many 2nd Edition Through continuous work with educators,

the authors have created a more powerful, practical resource for moving forward in the PLC process. Like the first edition, the second edition of Learning by Doing is an action guide for closing the knowing-doing gap and transforming schools into PLCs. It also includes seven major additions that equip educators with essential tools for confronting challenges. ISBN 978-1-935542-09-4 25BCG–BKF416 $34.95

ISBN 978-1-935542-66-7 25BCG–BKF455 $24.95

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The Collaborative Administrator Working Together as a Professional Learning Community

By Austin Buffum, Cassandra Erkens, Charles Hinman, Susan Huff, Lillie G. Jessie, Terri L. Martin, Mike Mattos, Anthony Muhammad, Peter Noonan, Geri Parscale, Eric Twadell, Jay Westover, and Kenneth C. Williams In a culture of shared leadership, the administrator’s role is more important than ever. This book addresses your toughest challenges with practical strategies and inspiring insight.


Foreword by Richard DuFour

Leaders of Learning

ISBN 978-1-934009-37-6 25BCG–BKF256 $29.95

Visit to order the companion book, The Collaborative Teacher, for your staff.

Ready to go deeper? Send a team to a PLC institute to build knowledge and share excitement. Then schedule an on-site or virtual PD date to keep the momentum alive. Visit to learn how to stream a PLC event to your school.

Time to grow your leadership capacity? Support emerging leaders with a PLC at Work™ Coaching Academy. Call 888.763.9045 to have a conversation about what next steps are best for you and your school.


Common Core

The Common Core State Standards ask that educators teach less so that students learn more. We have you covered with the resources below.

Available June 2012

Joint Publications With the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Available June 2012 Leader’s Guide By Timothy D. Kanold and Matthew R. Larson ISBN 978-1-936765-47-8 25BCG–BKF559 $24.95

Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at Work™ Series Edited by Timothy D. Kanold NEW! These teacher guides illustrate how to sustain successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Discover what students should learn and how they should learn it at each grade level. Comprehensive and research-affirmed analysis tools and strategies will help you and your collaborative team develop and assess student demonstrations of deep conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.

Grades K–2 ISBN 978-1-936765-97-3 25BCG–BKF566 $29.95 Grades 3–5 ISBN 978-1-936764-00-6 25BCG–BKF568 $29.95

Available September 2012 Grades 6–8 ISBN 978-1-936764-10-5 25BCG–BKF574 $29.95

How to Teach Thinking Skills Within the Common Core 7 Key Student Proficiencies of the New National Standards By James A. Bellanca, Robin J. Fogarty, and Brian M. Pete Packed with examples and tools, this practical guide prepares teachers across all grade levels and content areas to teach the most critical cognitive skills from the Common Core State Standards. Discover a doable three-phase model of explicit teaching, guided practice in content-based lessons, and authentic application in standards-based performance tasks that will strengthen students’ ability to learn across the curriculum. ISBN 978-1-936764-07-5 25BCG–BKF576 $29.95

High School ISBN 978-1-936765-50-8 25BCG–BKF561 $29.95

Coming soon! Watch for the Common Core State Standards in Literacy Series from Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.


Can you recognize the signs of effective literacy instruction? Does your staff know what practices work best? Start with these resources, and then visit to learn about other ways you can support your teachers, including workshops and online courses.

Collaborative Teacher Literacy Teams, K–6

Connecting Professional Growth to Student Achievement By Elaine K. McEwan-Adkins

NEW! Explore the work of collaborative literacy teams from their formation to the employment of successful student-focused strategies. Find professional growth units in each chapter that provide educators with the opportunity to discuss key concepts, self-reflect, and remain focused on student achievement. Grades K–6

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Literacy Look-Fors

An Observation Protocol to Guide K–6 Classroom Walkthroughs By Elaine K. McEwan-Adkins Through the unique seven-step process outlined in Literacy Look-Fors, administrators and literacy leaders will gain a solid understanding of how to assess and build instructional capacity, overcome roadblocks, develop professional growth opportunities, and create a balanced literacy program. Learn how to identify the look-fors that provide evidence of effective literacy instruction and bring all students to grade level or well above. Grades K–6

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Have you established schoolwide assessment and grading practices that have been shown to increase learning? Share these resources with your staff.

Elements of Grading

Embedded Formative Assessment

By Douglas Reeves

Bestseller! Emphasizing the instructional side of formative assessment, this book explores in-depth the use of classroom questioning, learning intentions and success criteria, feedback, collaborative and cooperative learning, and self-regulated learning to engineer effective learning environments for students.

A Guide to Effective Practice Bestseller! Learn several strategies for improving grading practices, while examining the common arguments against reform. With this practical guide, you can improve grading to meet four essential criteria—accuracy, fairness, specificity, and timeliness— and also make the process quicker and more efficient. Examples, case studies, and opportunities for reflection facilitate individual and schoolwide examination of grading practices.

ISBN 978-1-934009-30-7 25BCG–BKF418 $29.95

ISBN 978-1-935542-12-4 25BCG–BKF410 $24.95

Common Formative Assessment A Toolkit for Professional Learning Communities at Work™ By Kim Bailey and Chris Jakicic Foreword by Richard DuFour and Rebecca DuFour

The catalyst for real student improvement begins with a decision to implement common formative assessments. In this conversational guide, the authors offer tools, templates, and protocols to incorporate common formative assessments into the practices of a PLC to monitor and enhance student learning.

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Great assessment doesn’t only measure learning— it improves it.

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The Principal as Assessment Leader

Edited by Thomas R. Guskey Expert practitioners address the role of school leaders to model positive change and ignite a shift toward assessments that drive instruction.

ISBN 978-1-934009-48-2 25BCG–BKF344 $29.95

Bestseller! Visit to order the companion book, The Teacher as Assessment Leader, for your staff.

Common Language Assessment for English Learners

By Margo Gottlieb Learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate common language assessments for your English learners. With this step-by-step guide, teachers, school leaders, and administrators will find organizing principles, lead questions, and action steps all directing you toward collaborative assessment.

ISBN 978-1-935249-57-3 25BCG–BKF352 $29.95

Balanced Assessment

From Formative to Summative By Kay Burke Learn how to integrate formative and summative assessments seamlessly into instruction. Research, rationale, strategies, and examples help teachers develop their own repertoire of assessments to monitor, grade, and gauge a student’s ability to meet standards and curriculum goals. ISBN 978-1-934009-52-9 25BCG–BKF272 $24.95

Assessment and the Common Core State Standards Online Course

Presenter: Kay Burke NEW! Construct a balanced set of assessment tools that will improve instruction as well as gauge its success. Dr. Burke demonstrates how to repack the Common Core State Standards with a collaborative team, generate checklists and rubrics, share meaningful learning objectives with students, and craft performance tasks that will motivate students in every grade. Gain tools and strategies you can use immediately. Included eBook: Balanced Assessment CEU Online Course 3-Credit Online Course

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Not sure who should intervene, when, or how? Build a foundation of knowledge with these resources, and then talk to our PD staff. We’ll design a package of resources, online courses, events, and on-site training customized just for you.

Pyramid Response to Intervention

Simplifying Response to Intervention

RTI, Professional Learning Communities, and How to Respond When Kids Don’t Learn

Four Essential Guiding Principles

ISBN 978-1-935543-65-7 25BCG–BKF506 $29.95

Pyramid Response to Intervention Four Essential Guiding Principles

Featuring Austin Buffum, Mike Mattos, and Chris Weber Shift to a culture of collective responsibility, and ensure a path of opportunity and success for your students. Focusing on the four Cs vital to student achievement, this powerful four-part program will help you collect targeted information on students’ individual needs and guide you to build efficient team structures. Four 20-minute programs on 4 DVDs; Facilitator’s Guide (in print and on CD)

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Pyramid of Behavior Interventions

Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment By Tom Hierck, Charlie Coleman, and Chris Weber Students thrive when educators commit to proactively meeting their behavioral as well as academic needs. This book will help teachers and school leaders transform the research on behavior, response to intervention, and professional learning communities into practical strategies they can use to create a school culture and classroom climates in which learning is primed to occur. ISBN 978-1-936765-06-5 25BCG –BKF532 $24.95

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By Austin Buffum, Mike Mattos, and Chris Weber The sequel to Pyramid Response to Intervention advocates that a successful RTI model begins by asking the right questions to create a fundamentally effective learning environment for every student. RTI is not a series of implementation steps, but rather a way of thinking. Understand why bureaucratic, paperwork-heavy, compliance-oriented, test-score-driven approaches fail. Then, learn how to create a focused RTI model that works.



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Bestseller! Accessible language and compelling stories illustrate how RTI is most effective when built on the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process. Written by award-winning educators, this book details three tiers of interventions—from basic to intensive—and includes implementation ideas.

ISBN 978-1-934009-33-8 25BCG–BKF251 $27.95

Targeted + Time = Learning Instruction Are you using the right formula for RTI success? Find out what works and what doesn’t in this online course. Pyramid Response to Intervention Online Course

How to Respond When Kids Don’t Learn Presenters: Austin Buffum, Mike Mattos, and Chris Weber

NEW! Austin Buffum, Mike Mattos, and Chris Weber share their experience implementing pyramid response to intervention. These experts take participants through the critical stages of establishing professional learning communities in schools and districts, using universal screening tools to ascertain students’ learning needs and devising interventions for students at three tiers. Included eBook: Pyramid Response to Intervention CEU Online Course 3-Credit Online Course

25BCG–KDS004 $279.00 25BCG–KDS005 $499.00

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