Developing Learning Communities Through Teacher Expertise

Author: Giselle O. Martin-Kniep
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9780761946175
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Learn practical methods for developing a collaborative environment where teachers and administrators work together to enhance teachers’ practices, increase student learning, and produce valuable school processes.

Teachers Bringing Out the Best in Teachers

Author: Joseph Blase
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9781412925969
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Through nearly 300 research-based teacher perspectives on informal, teacher-to-teacher collaboration, school leaders will learn how teachers can promote professional growth in each other.

Powerful Professional Development

Author: Diane Yendol-Hoppey
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452271275
Format: PDF
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Achieve effective, on-site teacher development without breaking the budget! This essential guide to job-embedded staff development helps schools and districts move away from reliance on outside expertise, instead drawing on and developing the experience and skills of their own faculty. The authors provide a complete toolbox of school-based professional development (PD) strategies, with recommendations on which tools to use for different times and settings, guidelines for implementation, and extended examples of each tool in action for a full spectrum of proven, cost-effective PD models, including: Book study and lesson study Action research and professional learning communities Coaching and co-teaching Webinars, podcasts, Open Space Technology, online communities, and much more

Handbook of School Improvement

Author: Joseph Blase
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412979978
Format: PDF, ePub
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Capturing insights from 20 successful principals, this illuminating book presents real-world strategies that help school leaders refine their administrative skills and generate dramatic improvements in schoolwide achievement.

Learning Communities In Practice

Author: Anastasia Samaras
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402087888
Format: PDF, Docs
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Most would agree that a learning community of practice cultivates social and intellectual development in educational settings but what are the other benefits and what does a learning community actually look like in practice? This book explores such questions as: “Are learning communities essential in education?” “How are they designed and developed?” “What difference do they make in learning?” The book contains contributions of educators who share their research and practice in designing and implementing learning communities in school, university, and professional network settings. It presents their experiences, and the “how to” of these educators who are passionate about building and sustaining learning communities to make a real difference for students, teachers, faculty, and communities. Combining scholarly and practitioner research, the book offers practical information to teachers, school and university administrators, teacher educators, and community educators.

Communities that Learn Lead and Last

Author: Giselle O. Martin-Kniep
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0787985139
Format: PDF, Docs
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Communities That Learn, Lead, and Last offers a fresh and compelling perspective while providing practical guidance for schools and districts on how to develop "professional learning communities" that serve to instill educational ideals, share wisdom, improve practice, and enhance capacity across the system. Comprised of any combination of teachers, school leaders, staff developers, district personnel, and even students, professional learning communities, as described in this book, break new ground and challenge the status quo by focusing on the reconciliation of individual and organizational expertise, vision, and needs through a variety of collaborations, activities and projects ranging from classroom-related work to broader issues of policy, leadership, and organizational improvement. Depending on their needs, maturity, purpose, and membership, professional learning communities can be centered on learning, leading, or lasting. Showing how such communities can become the means for improving teaching and learning, as well as promote and sustain educational innovations, the book maps out the community-building essentials, providing guidance, tools, and carefully crafted rubrics.

Building School based Teacher Learning Communities

Author: Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807746790
Format: PDF
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Building on evidence that school-based teacher learning communities improve student outcomes, this book lays out an agenda to develop and sustain collaborative professional cultures. It provides an inside look at the processes, resources, and system strategies that are necessary to build vibrant school-based teacher learning communities.

Differentiated Professional Development in a Professional Learning Community

Author: Linda Bowgen
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 1936765233
Format: PDF, Docs
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If differentiated instruction works for diverse student learning needs, why not apply it to teacher learning? The authors draw from real experience and PLC concepts to support the value of differentiated professional development. A practical guide for designing school or district professional development plans, this book explains a three-step model that is core to the differentiation process.

Creating a Professional Learning Community Through Appreciative Inquiry in an Early Childhood Context

Author: Hina Khowaja
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3668471843
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Master's Thesis from the year 2015 in the subject Pedagogy - The Teacher, Educational Leadership, grade: 3.5, Aga Khan University, language: English, abstract: This study explored the factors that were required for creating an environment based on a professional learning community (PLC) that not only provides support to teachers on a regular basis for their development, but also builds a collaborative learning environment for the teachers in the school particularly in the early childhood development (ECD) context. Further, this study also identified the processes that helped to build PLC using the appreciative inquiry approach. In addition, the support of appreciative inquiry as an approach for building PLC was also measured. Eight research participants were selected who were involved in four stages of appreciative inquiry, namely discovery, dream, design and destiny. The data revealed that trust, collaborative learning and reflective dialogue were some of the factors that are required for creating a PLC environment. However, three processes for initiating PLC culture were included which are classroom teaching and observation, constructive feedbacks and reflective dialogue sessions. At the end, this research found that the appreciative inquiry approach was significant as a value-added tool that helped to build the collaborative environment in the school and provided participants an opportunity to share their skills and expertise as well as their dreams and imaginations with each other.

Learning Along the Way

Author: Diane Sweeney
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571103430
Format: PDF, Mobi
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You will see concrete examples of how your school can move away from a one-size-fits-all professional development model to create an authentic learning environment that meets the needs of individual teachers. The book features chapters focusing on: implementing an instructional coaching model -- establishing study groups among teachers -- using observation as a means to model effective instruction -- going deeper with discussion through the use of Critical Friends protocols -- examining various ways adults process new information -- encouraging teachers to take leadership roles -- focusing the principal's leadership around the professional development model.