Moving from Teacher Isolation to Collaboration

Author: Sharon Conley
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 1475802722
Format: PDF
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This book explains and demonstrates how collaboration and teamwork can help enhance professionalism and school quality by overcoming teachers' isolation in the classroom, in the school, and in their work.

Mentoring for School Quality

Author: Bruce S. Cooper
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1475818017
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book will help educators/practitioners become better mentors, expand the dialogue on what makes a good mentor, and it will add new and critical insight into the literature. This book is contributed by a balance of scholars and practitioners and will be a timely contribution to the field as more educators seek out mentors in a time educational chaos.

Leading Schools to Learn Grow and Thrive

Author: S. David Brazer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351708805
Format: PDF
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Leading Schools to Learn, Grow, and Thrive provides a unique approach to preparing prospective education leaders by combining theory, research, and practice. Grounded in organizational and leadership theory, this book helps leaders understand their schools and districts from multiple perspectives and develop their own leadership aspirations, approaches, and missions. Well-known authors Brazer, Bauer, and Johnson present authentic practical problems, illuminate them with appropriate theory and research, and give readers opportunities to solve common puzzles as a means to grow wisdom about how to lead, especially when confronted with complex challenges. This book is an invaluable resource for aspiring leaders, one that readers will reference as they proceed through their leadership coursework and keep close at hand throughout their leadership career. Special Features: Vignettes—introduce the reader to real-life dilemmas that impact teaching and learning and provide a central reference point for discussions of theory, research, and practice. Theory and Research—frameworks and examples inform common leadership challenges, helping readers expand their knowledge and experience base to explore situations similar to their own contexts. Puzzles—real-world situations test knowledge and provide opportunities to practice ideas for effective leadership. Thought Partner Discussions (TPCs) and Extended Web Activities (EWAs)—additional thought activities, opportunities for reflection, and suggestions for discussion provoke puzzle solving. eResources—complementary resources for instructors and students, including a set of authentic role-playing scenarios.

The SAGE Handbook of School Organization

Author: Michael Connolly
Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited
ISBN: 1526465558
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The SAGE Handbook of School Organization presents a substantial review of the history, current status and future prospects of the field of school organization. Bringing together chapters exploring key issues, important debates and points of tension, the Handbook highlights the dynamics and interplay of the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of the field. This volume is designed to provide a much-needed critically informed and coherent account of the field, against a backdrop of increasing complexity in which schooling as an institution and schools as organizations operate. Part I: Schools as organizations Part II: The leadership, management and governance of schools as organizations Part III: Theoretical perspectives on schools as organizations Part IV: Organizing in schools Part V: Researching schools as organizations

Teacher Professional Development for Improving Quality of Teaching

Author: Bert Creemers
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400752075
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This book makes a major contribution to knowledge and theory by drawing implications of teacher effectiveness research for the field of teacher training and professional development. The first part of the book provides a critical review of research on teacher training and professional development and illustrates the limitations of the main approaches to teacher development such as the competence-based and the holistic approach. A dynamic perspective to policy and practice in teacher training and professional development is advocated. The second part of the book provides a critical review of research on teacher effectiveness. The main phases of this field of research are analysed. It is pointed out that teacher factors are presented as being in opposition to one another. An integrated approach in defining quality of teaching is adopted. The importance of taking into account findings of studies investigating differential teacher effectiveness is argued. Another significant limitation of this field of research is that the whole process of searching for teacher effectiveness factor was not able to have a significant impact upon teacher training and professional development. For this reason it is advocated that teacher training and professional development should be focused on how to address grouping of specific teacher factors associated with student learning and on how to help teachers improve their teaching skills by moving from using skills associated with direct teaching only to more advanced skills concerned with new teaching approaches and differentiation of teaching. The book refers to studies conducted in different countries illustrating how the proposed approach can be used by policy and practice in teacher education. Specifically, the book provides evidence supporting the validity of the theoretical framework upon which this approach is based. Moreover, experimental and longitudinal studies supporting the use of this approach for improvement purposes are presented and suggestions for further research utilising and expanding the Dynamic Approach for teacher training and professional development are provided.

Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research

Author: Carolyn Babione
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118603532
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Teacher inquiry helps improve educational outcomes Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research explores the concept and importance of the teacher practitioner, and prepares students in teacher education courses and programs to conduct research in the classroom. Author Carolyn Babione has extensive experience in undergraduate- and graduate-level teacher training and teacher inquiry coursework. In the book, Babione guides students through the background, theory, and strategy required to successfully conduct classroom research. The first part of the book tackles the "how-to" and "why" of teacher inquiry, while the second part provides students with real-life practitioner inquiry research projects across a range of school settings, content areas, and teaching strategies. The book's discussion includes topics such as: Underlying cultural and historical perspectives surrounding the teaching profession Hidden stereotypes that limit teacher beliefs about power and voice Current curriculum innovation and reflections on modern developments Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research successfully guides and encourages budding teachers to fully understand the importance of their involvement in studying and researching their classroom settings, giving a better understanding of how their beliefs and teaching practices impact classroom learning.

Consorting And Collaborating In The Education Market Place

Author: Chris Husbands
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135792348
Format: PDF, ePub
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This text offers descriptions and analyses of some of the different ways in which schools and other educational institutions have started to establish new collaborative relationships in today's competitive educational marketplace. Using case studies, the book describes examples of such collaborative structures.; Educational consortia have been established as a vehicle for professional and curriculum development, as a source of mutual support and as a condition of mutual survival. As the "LEA monopolies" have been forced to shed many of their traditional functions or schools have opted out, schools have found it necessary to re-create parts of their collaborative structures out of sheer self- Interest.; For Some Educators Who Continue To Be Attached To Notions Of "an educational service" and professional collegiality in the provision of such a service, inter-institutional collaboration becomes seen as something to be valued independently of the instrumental benefits which it provides. For this variety of reasons, consortium working and collaborative structures seem set to develop in spite of, or as a necessary antodote to, educational markets. Understanding the role and operation of such structures is a necessity for educational managers in all parts of the educational service.

How to Conduct Collaborative Action Research

Author: Richard Sagor
Publisher: Assn for Supervision & Curriculum
ISBN:
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Describes a process to create a positive climate for school restructuring by conducting collaborative action research, illustrates ways to gather valid and reliable data, explains techniques for problem solving, and offers strategies for managing conflict.

Professional Capital

Author: Andy Hargreaves
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 0807753327
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In this latest and most important collaboration, renowned educators, Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan set out a groundbreaking new agenda to transform the future of teaching and public education. Ideas-driven, evidence-based, and strategically powerful, Professional Capital combats the tired arguments and stereotypes of teachers and teaching. It includes action guidelines for classroom teachers, administrators, schools and districts, and state and federal leaders. This is a book that no one connected with schools can afford to ignore.

Collaborative Teams for Students with Severe Disabilities

Author: Beverly Rainforth
Publisher: Paul H Brookes Publishing Company
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Equally useful as a training text and as a professional development tool, this resource helps both students and professionals update their knowledge, refine their skills and increase their effectiveness.