Connections: Linking Talented Educators
Connections: Linking Talented Educators

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Illinois Milken Educator Dr. Richard (Rick) DuFour (IL '88), an education expert and author, has died. He passed away on February 8, 2017, at age 69 following a long battle with cancer.

DuFour was the principal of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire when he received the Milken Award. Under his leadership, Stevenson High won the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award four times. DuFour went on to help educators implement Professional Learning Communities, and he authored many books, including Professional Learning Communities at Work™Learning by Doing, and In Praise of American Educators.


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  • Dr. DuFour's work on PLCs has inspired so many educators to choose practices that best support students. I have studied his work and had he privilege of seeing him speak many times. He challenged educators to find ways to collaborate and develop common essential standards/assessments. He challenged us to think of what we wanted students to learn, think about how we would teach them and have a plan for what we would do when they didn't learn. He helped me to strive for continuous improvement and do whatever it takes. We lost a great leader in our field.

    Posted by Charles Andy de Seriere (CA '00), 23/02/2017 4:29pm (4 years ago)

  • I was fortunate to have met and heard him in person in November 2016, Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. DuFour was a remarkable educator and I'll always remember what he taught and stood for. He will be greatly missed in our profession.

    Posted by Dr. Gary Shouppe, 21/02/2017 12:19pm (4 years ago)

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