In Praise of American Educators: And How They Can Become Even Better

 

  • Critique the commonly presented media messages about schooling in America.
  • Consider the evidence for why the present generation of American educators has accomplished more than previous generations.
  • Evaluate the assumptions driving policies set up to improve schooling.
  • Discover the four essential pillars of the PLC foundation.
  • Learn the essential elements of the PLC process and common mistakes in implementing that process

Explore the state of education today. In this thought-provoking book, the author presents a compelling case for why contemporary American educators are the greatest generation in history. He carefully explains why current national reform policies have failed and presents specific steps policymakers, administrators, and teachers must take to transform American schools to meet student needs in the 21st century.

Meet the Author

RICHARD DUFOUR, EdD, was a public school educator for 34 years, serving as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. During his 19-year tenure as a leader at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, Stevenson one of only three schools in the nation to win the United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award on four occasions and the first comprehensive high school to be designated a New America High School as a model of successful school reform. He received his state’s highest award as both a principal and superintendent.

A prolific author and sought-after consultant, he is recognized as one of the leading authorities on helping school practitioners implement the Professional Learning Communities at WorkTM process in their schools and districts.

Dr. DuFour wrote a quarterly column for the Journal of Staff Development for nearly a decade. He was the lead consultant and author of ASCD’s video series on principalship and the author of several other videos. Dr. DuFour was named as one of the Top 100 School Administrators in North America by Executive Educator magazine, was presented the Distinguished Scholar Practitioner Award from the University of Illinois, and was the 2004 recipient of the National Staff Development Council’s Distinguished Service Award.

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