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A Playbook for Instructional Leaders

A companion to the PLC+ Playbook

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July 2023 | 200 pages | Corwin

Build cohesive PLC+ teams to improve learning outcomes

Effective teacher collaboration can amplify student learning and well-being outcomes, increase teacher satisfaction rates, and improve the onboarding of new teachers. Yet developing a cohesive PLC+ team isn’t always so simple. Designed as a companion to PLC+: Better Decisions and Greater Impact by Design and The PLC+ Playbook, this easy-to-use playbook for school leaders provides strategies, techniques, and evidence-based approaches to help leaders foster successful collaboration among teachers and positively impact student learning.

Four cross-cutting values are infused within each guiding question: high expectations, activation, individual and collective teacher efficacy, and equity. Building on this framework and drawing from Visible Learning research, the guide offers specific instructional leadership actions and behaviors to promote cohesion in PLC+ teams. Leaders will learn:

  • Contextual information to boost knowledge about effectively engaging with adults
  • Essential information on how to lead PLC+ teams to become strong, interdependent, and productive
  • Leadership tools to support and inspire others to work at optimal levels
  • Examples and insights into time management, decision-making, successes, failures, and learning opportunities

Discover how to build social, human, and decisional capital within your organization, equipping teachers with the skills they need to drive school improvement.


This companion guide masterfully and succinctly offers leaders a crash course in the why, the what, and the how for effective implementation of PLC+ teams. With authentic examples, ready-to-use templates, and thought-provoking reflection exercises, this guide thoroughly equips leaders with planning and monitoring pieces that are often so elusive when attempting to launch (& sustain) an impactful PLC culture. I just wish it had been on the market a decade ago!

Tara Howard
Dean of Instruction, Owensboro High School

As schools recover from pandemic achievement losses, educators need new teaching strategies specific to these fragile learners. Professional Learning Communities provide a supportive approach to instructional development as we strive to bring students back to grade level and beyond. 'PLC+: A Companion Guide for Leaders' is a succinct guide for leaders to successfully implement pedagogy growth strategies with their teachers.

Stephanie A. Blake
Science Department Head, OTC Middle College Alternative High School

PLC+: A Companion Guide For Leaders is the right book at the right time. Where many of our original PLC leaders are reaching retirement age, we’re finding it necessary to revisit the core principles of PLCs, inspiring one another as we navigate turbulent times and leaning into the power of the PLC/Team.  PLCs that use their time wisely advance student learning.  Working together at optimal levels shows advanced positive impact in overall school improvement. The 14 major ideas provide resources in the form of self-assessments and tools to incorporate throughout a school year. I’d recommend PLC+: A Companion Guide for Leaders as an exceptional Team Book Study as you approach your next school year.

Jill Gildea
Ph.D, Superintendent of Schools, Park City School District

A successful school provides opportunities for teachers to collaborate about teaching and learning. PLC+: A Companion Guide for Schools provides the know-how in not only acknowledging teacher voice but also the steps to a thriving school culture. 

Elizabeth Alvarez, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Forest Park D91

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