Chapter 6: Collaboration and the Learning Commons


Resources fromthe book: The New School Learning Commons


Foundational Ideas


DuFour, Richard, Rober Eaker, and Rebecca Dufour, eds.. On Common Ground. National Educational Service, 2005.

DuFour, Richard, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Thomas Many. Learning by Doing. Solution Tree.2006.

Professional Organizations


•    Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Professional Resources

•    Blankstein, Alan M., Paul D. Houston, and Robert W. Cole. Sustaining Professional Learning Communities. Corwin Press, 2008.

•    Fullen, Michael, Peter Hill and Carmel Crevola. Breakthough. Corwin Press, 2006.

•    Fullen, Michael. The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive. Jossey Bass, 2008.

•    Gregory, Gayle H. and Lin Kuzmich. Teacher Teams That Get Results: 61 Strategies for Sustaining and Renewing Professional Learning Communities.  Corwin Press, 2007.

•    Hord, Shirley M. and William A. Sommers. Leading Professional Learning Communities: Voices From Research and Practice. Corwin Press, 2008.

•    Lance, Keith and David V. Loertscher. Powering Achievement 3rd ed. Hi-Willow Research and Publishing, 2005.

•    Villa, Richard A., Jacqueline S. Thousand, and Ann I Nevin. A Guide to Co-Teaching: Practical Tips for Facilitating Student Learning. Corwin Press, 2008.

•    Wild, Monique D., Amanda S. Mayeaux, and Kathryn P. Edmonds. TeamWork: Setting the Standard for Collaborative Teaching, Grades 5-9. Stenhouse and NMSA, 2008.

•    Williams, R. Bruce. More than 50 Ways to Build Team Consensus. Corwin Press, 2008.

Other Resources

•    Cameron, Greg, Monette McIver, and Roger Goddard. “A Different Kind of Community,” Changing Schools, Winter, 2008. Download at:  The only thing missing from this essay is the role that specialists could have as an integral part of a collaborative faculty working to improve their school.

•    Library Research Service is a source for evidence linking library media programs to achievement.




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