Designing Schools for Meaningful Professional Learning

Author: Janice Bradley
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483339211
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Empower your teachers as partners in professional learning—and see student achievement soar! Are you ready for a professional learning program that makes a lasting difference in the quality of teaching within your organization? This breakthrough book enables education leaders to: Work collaboratively with faculty to develop and implement a five-part plan for professional learning designed to meet your school’s unique needs Connect professional learning with practices that have the greatest positive effect in the classroom Link professional development to teacher evaluation in a manner that builds trust Learn best practices from schools that implemented the author’s methodology, and benefit from user-friendly strategies and tools

Learning Transformed

Author: Eric C. Sheninger
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416623892
Format: PDF, Docs
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With all that we know about how students learn, the nature of the world they will face after graduation, and the educational inequities that have existed for centuries, maintaining a traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is tantamount to instructional malpractice. International security, the success of global economies, and sustainability as a global society all depend on the success of our education system in the years to come. It’s our obligation to prepare our students for their future—not our past. Authors Eric C. Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray outline eight keys—each a piece of a puzzle for transforming the K–12 education system of teaching and learning—to intentionally design tomorrow’s schools so today’s learners are prepared for success . . . and stand ready to create new industries, find new cures, and solve world problems. The traditional model of schooling ultimately prepares students for the industrial model of the past. If we want our students to become successful citizens in a global society, we must dramatically shift to a more personal approach. Failure is not an option. We can no longer wait. Let Learning Transformed show you how you can be a part of the solution. The authors encourage you to use the hashtag #LT8Keys to continue the discussion online.

Leading Professional Learning

Author: Thomas C. Murray
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483379949
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Expert strategies for personalized, 21st Century professional learning! Empower teachers to take ownership of their own professional learning. Recognized EdTech leaders Murray and Zoul guide you step-by-step through the process. Confidently learn to build a values-driven school culture, personalized professional roadmaps, and a collaboration-minded staff. You’ll find concrete examples, leadership profiles, and a wealth of resources to help administrators and teachers: Take ownership of their professional growth Design meaningful learning opportunities Collaborate and learn using technology, blogs, and social media Model and support professional learning for others Transform teacher learning and see your student achievement soar!

Professional Development That Sticks

Author: Fred Ende
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416621962
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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How can we approach professional development in a thoughtful way, keep teachers motivated, and make the process worthwhile? It’s a truth that school leaders can’t deny: teachers tend to think of PD as a distraction from the “real work” of the classroom—as something to get through instead of an opportunity to engage, learn, and grow as professionals. Too often, they’re absolutely right. When PD is packaged as a one-size-fits-all, one-and-done experience, even content that teachers might greet with enthusiasm won’t stay with them for long. It just doesn’t stick. In Professional Development That Sticks, Fred Ende makes the case for a better approach—one that melds traditional PD structures with personalized learning. Here, school leaders will find a framework for developing professional learning experiences that spark and maintain teacher motivation and lead to real changes in practice. Ende’s three-stage professional development for learning (PDL) process covers critical aspects of planning, providing, and following up. In addition, PDL’s Think, Act, and Reflect method ensures your teachers will acquire meaningful, deep, “sticky” learning that lasts.

Driven by Data

Author: Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470548746
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Offers a practical guide for improving schools dramatically that will enable all students from all backgrounds to achieve at high levels. Includes assessment forms, an index, and a DVD.

Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics

Author: Susan Loucks-Horsley
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452272557
Format: PDF, ePub
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The classic guide for designing robust science and mathematics professional development programs! This expanded edition of one of the most widely cited resources in the field of professional development for mathematics and science educators demonstrates how to design professional development experiences for teachers that lead to improved student learning. Presenting an updated professional development (PD) planning framework, the third edition of the bestseller reflects recent research on PD design, underscores how beliefs and local factors can influence PD design, illustrates a wide range of PD strategies, and emphasizes the importance of: Continuous program monitoring Combining strategies to address diverse needs Building cultures that sustain learning

How People Learn

Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309131979
Format: PDF, Kindle
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First released in the Spring of 1999, How People Learn has been expanded to show how the theories and insights from the original book can translate into actions and practice, now making a real connection between classroom activities and learning behavior. This edition includes far-reaching suggestions for research that could increase the impact that classroom teaching has on actual learning. Like the original edition, this book offers exciting new research about the mind and the brain that provides answers to a number of compelling questions. When do infants begin to learn? How do experts learn and how is this different from non-experts? What can teachers and schools do-with curricula, classroom settings, and teaching methods--to help children learn most effectively? New evidence from many branches of science has significantly added to our understanding of what it means to know, from the neural processes that occur during learning to the influence of culture on what people see and absorb. How People Learn examines these findings and their implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess what our children learn. The book uses exemplary teaching to illustrate how approaches based on what we now know result in in-depth learning. This new knowledge calls into question concepts and practices firmly entrenched in our current education system. Topics include: How learning actually changes the physical structure of the brain. How existing knowledge affects what people notice and how they learn. What the thought processes of experts tell us about how to teach. The amazing learning potential of infants. The relationship of classroom learning and everyday settings of community and workplace. Learning needs and opportunities for teachers. A realistic look at the role of technology in education.

Opening Doors to Equity

Author: Tonya Ward Singer
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452292221
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The transformative professional learning model that advances equity in your school! How do we make educational equity a reality, lesson by lesson? Author Tonya Singer shows how team observation and learning can strengthen schools and support educational achievement by all students. Including video clips of actual teams, this book helps to: Implement best practices for observation-based professional learning Work as a team to create a culture of deep collaboration that closes opportunity gaps among students Use observation-based data to better reach culturally and linguistically diverse learners Develop and implement strategies that build students’ skills for future success

Reflective Practice to Improve Schools

Author: Jennifer York-Barr
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483361772
Format: PDF, ePub
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This reference tool for mastering reflective practice and initiating it in your school offers ideas for reflective practice alone, with partners, in small groups, and schoolwide.