Online Professional Development

Author: John D. Ross
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412987121
Format: PDF, ePub
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Based on proven principles of professional learning and instructional design, John D. Ross's book provides a path to assessing your needs, the cost, design, and results.

Online Professional Development Through Virtual Learning Communities

Author: Sonja Hollins-Alexander
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452276684
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Create a 21st-century professional development program! Can online learning deliver high-caliber professional development (PD) with lower costs? This timely book shows you how, and the answer lies in combining well-designed online instruction with the energy of peer-to-peer collaboration. Sonja Hollins-Alexander writes from her own experience building a successful online professional development program for a large urban district. Readers will find: Research-based support for online PD and the learner-learner model A thorough planning guide and ten action steps for program development Best practices for managing staffing and resources Strategies for establishing virtual learning communities that thrive

Job Embedded Professional Development

Author: Sally J Zepeda
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317820649
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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In today’s schools, teachers are frequently called on to adapt new curricula and instructional practices in their classrooms. Making sense of the complexities of teaching occurs primarily during the work day, and instead of relying on before or after school one-size-fits-all professional development activities, schools must support teachers in learning on the job. The latest book from renowned author Sally J. Zepeda is written for teachers, teacher leaders, and school and district leaders who want to support job-embedded learning, a powerful form of professional development characterized by active learning and reflection grounded in the context of a teachers’ work environment. Job-Embedded Professional Development provides a framework for helping teachers stop, take a deep breath, and learn along the way as they engage in their daily work. Through the engaging job-embedded learning activities, processes, and cases from the field explored in this book, teachers will immediately be able to: Implement what they are learning in the context of their own classrooms; Work with supportive peers who can coach them along the way; Get feedback on what’s working and what needs to be tweaked; Learn as adult learners fully capable of making sound professional judgments; Engage in conversations that allow teachers to dig deeper into their practices; Focus intently on content knowledge and the linkages to instruction and assessment; Capitalize on learning in digital learning environments before, during, and after school; Gain confidence in themselves and others through learning together.

Technology Integration for Meaningful Classroom Use A Standards Based Approach

Author: Katherine Cennamo
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1285687345
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Updated and streamlined for easier use, TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION FOR MEANINGFUL CLASSROOM USE: A STANDARDS-BASED APPROACH, Second Edition, equips readers with the knowledge, creative and critical thinking skills, and confidence needed to become self-directed learners who can successfully navigate the constantly changing environment of technology integration in the classroom. Using the principles of self-directed learning as its foundation, the book aims to help readers learn to evaluate and reflect on professional practice to make informed decisions regarding the use of technology in support of student learning. The first educational technology book organized around the 2008 National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), this standards-based approach provides the framework for developing, modeling, and teaching the skills and knowledge necessary for integrating technology in authentic teaching and learning. An end-of-book supplement provides examples of technology integration in practice within specific content areas, guided by the national standards that apply to each content domain. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

From Standards to Success

Author: Mark R. O'Shea
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416602070
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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In this era of accountability and high-stakes testing, school leaders must find more sophisticated ways to help all students succeed. But how can districts make adequate yearly progress without a coherent system for addressing state standards? In From Standards to Success, education professor Mark R. O'Shea introduces the Standards Achievement Planning Cycle (SAPC), a comprehensive protocol for meeting the standards. To illustrate his multi-layered approach, O'Shea takes readers to a fictional school as it prepares to install the SAPC. We meet the superintendent, who organizes the district for curriculum reform; the principal, who supervises standards-based instruction; and the teachers, who collaboratively plan lessons and evaluate their students' work. From teacher observation to student assessment, O'Shea offers innovative strategies to help school leaders * identify and analyze which standards are most important * select appropriate curriculum materials and resources * provide instructional planning time for teachers * create a benchmark-testing program * design effective professional development Checklists at the end of each chapter highlight best practices, and sample lessons show how to plan curriculum that enables students to meet state standards. The result is a thorough and sensible guide to realizing the promise of standards-based education.

Building Teachers Capacity for Success

Author: Pete Hall
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416616519
Format: PDF, Docs
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Educators know that teachers are a school's most essential strength. In Building Teachers' Capacity for Success, authors Pete Hall (winner of the 2004 ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award) and Alisa Simeral offer a straightforward plan to help site-based administrators and instructional coaches collaborate to bring out the best in every teacher, build a stronger and more cohesive staff, and achieve greater academic success. Their model of Strength-Based School Improvement is an alternative to a negative, deficit-approach focused on fixing what's wrong. Instead, they show school leaders how to achieve their goals by working together to maximize what's right. Filled with clear, proven strategies and organized around two easy-to-use tools--the innovative Continuum of Self-Reflection and a feedback-focused walk-through model--this book offers a differentiated approach to coaching and supervision centered on identifying and nurturing teachers' individual strengths and helping them reach new levels of professional success and satisfaction. Here, you'll find front-line advice from the authors, one a principal and the other an instructional coach, on just what to look for, do, and say in order to start seeing positive results right now.

Professional Development for Differentiating Instruction

Author: Cindy A. Strickland
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416608117
Format: PDF, Docs
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This resource contains more than 45 tools and activities that make it easier for staff developers, teacher leaders, and other professional development leaders to show teachers and administrators how to successfully implement and maintain differentiated instruction. --from publisher description.

Models of Professional Development

Author: Bruce Joyce
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412978068
Format: PDF, Docs
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This comprehensive resource examines five major models of professional development and how they can be implemented and tailored to meet the multifaceted needs of any school or district.

Unmistakable Impact

Author: Jim Knight
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412994306
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book describes in simple terms exactly how schools should align and organize professional learning to ensure significant positive change in teaching and student learning. The author's partnership principles-a humanizing approach to professional learning-apply to workshops, intensive learning teams (a focused form of professional learning communities), and instructional coaching. This is the first in a two volume series that is designed to provide a simple (not simplistic) framework and a set of tools for improving teaching in schools. (The second volume, The Big Four, was proposed last year.)