Designing Schools for Meaningful Professional Learning

Author: Janice Bradley
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483339211
Format: PDF, ePub
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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

Leading Professional Learning

Author: Thomas C. Murray
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483379949
Format: PDF, Docs
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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!

Designing and Implementing Effective Professional Learning

Author: John Murray
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452257795
Format: PDF, Kindle
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For sustained success, educators must commit to their own lifelong improvement. A clear correlation exists between level of focus on teacher professional development (PD) and student success. In this book, John Murray identifies the characteristics of effective professional learning, detailing eight strategies for planning, and executing, and evaluating PD programs. Content includes: The proven “backward” approach to articulating the goals of your PD program Descriptions of innovative and effective designs for professional learning such as Lesson Study and Instructional Rounds Powerful approaches to designing and implementing online PD

Accountability for Learning

Author: Douglas B. Reeves
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 0871208334
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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A guide to building a student-centered accountability program through teaching, leadership, the curriculum, and the involvement of parents and the community.

Professional Development That Sticks

Author: Fred Ende
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416621962
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

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.

Learning by Doing

Author: Richard DuFour
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 1935249894
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Like the first edition, the second edition of Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work helps educators close the knowing-doing gap as they transform their schools into professional learning communities (PLCs).

Universal Design for Learning

Author: Council for Exceptional Children
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 9780131701601
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"Universal Design for Learning: A Guide for Teachers and Education Professionals" Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers education professionals a conceptual framework to create flexible, equitable, and accessible instructional techniques that accommodate individual learning differences in a classroom setting. This practical guide shows teachers "how to" understand, plan, and implement Universal Design for Learning in the classroom as well as in other academic environments. Offering various instructional resources, this brief book explains the general principles of UDL and shows educators how to effectively instruct students utilizing this research-based concept across content areas. Incorporating technology throughout the guide, this book encourages teachers to integrate assistive technology in order to provide all students greater access to learning. Utilizing a case-based scenario of Briarwood School District, teachers are encouraged to problem solve and reflect upon their own experiences in the classroom. Discussion questions and "Try This!" applications reinforce the information discussed in the supplementary book. Merrill Education and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) are pleased to announce a new partnership in the evolving field of special education. This collaborative effort fosters the best in teaching, educational publishing, professional development, and alternative certification. Merrill and CEC will be working together as one entity to help educate the teachers of today and tomorrow while influencing positive change for the success of all those involved in the field of special education. This new venture includes: Professional development courses Co-publishing initiatives bringing new and dynamic content to the field The "CEC/Merrill Education Resource for Special Education "(www.prenhall.com/specialeducation) including the CEC/Merrill Education Casebook Builder library The Merrill/CEC Partnership benefits students, teachers, support professionals, paraprofessionals, and families. To learn more about how you can benefit from this unique venture, please visit www.prenhall.com/specialeducation or http: //www.cec.sped.org/pd/webcourses/merrill.html. Look for this and other collaborative publications between CEC, Merrill Education and Pearson Custom Publishing soon!

Creating Significant Learning Experiences

Author: L. Dee Fink
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118416325
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"Dee Fink challenges our conventional assumptions and practices and offers an insightful approach to expanding our learning goals, making higher education more meaningful. This is a gem of a book that every college teacher should read." —Ken Bain, author, What the Best College Students Do Since the original publication of L. Dee Fink's Creating Significant Learning Experiences, higher education has continued to move in two opposite directions: more institutions encourage faculty to focus on research, obtaining grants, and publishing, while accreditation agencies, policy-makers, and students themselves emphasize the need for greater attention to the quality of teaching and learning. Now the author has updated his bestselling classic, providing busy faculty with invaluable conceptual and procedural tools for instructional design. Step by step, Fink shows how to use a taxonomy of significant learning and systematically combine the best research-based practices for learning-centered teaching with a teaching strategy in a way that results in powerful learning experiences. This edition addresses new research on how people learn, active learning, and student engagement; includes illustrative examples from online teaching; and reports on the effectiveness of Fink's time-tested model. Fink also explores recent changes in higher education nationally and internationally and offers more proven strategies for dealing with student resistance to innovative teaching. Tapping into the knowledge, tools, and strategies in Creating Significant Learning Experiences empowers educators to creatively design courses that will result in significant learning for their students. "As thought-provoking and inspiring today as it was when it was first published, it is a 'must' for anyone serious about creating courses that challenge students to learn deeply." —Elizabeth F. Barkley, author, Student Engagement Techniques