Why Can t We Get It Right

Author: Marsha Speck
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483304221
Format: PDF, ePub
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How can we use professional development to provide the best teaching and learning opportunities for all students? Teachers who know their content and strategies can open a virtual toolbox and take out what they need to help all students become successful. This revised and updated edition explains how educational leaders can design, deliver, and evaluate collaborative standards-based professional development, and contains: Essential questions about high-quality professional development Information on creating the culture for a learning community Conditions and processes for professional development Suggestions on designing your own model Tools for evaluating and rethinking professional development and learning Strategies for deepening a leader’s impact on a standards-based system

School Leadership in the Context of Standards Based Reform

Author: Louis Volante
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400740956
Format: PDF, ePub
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“Although standards-based reform emerged in the United States and the United Kingdom, the idea has spread across the world, as an approach to systemic reform. It might appear that there is a world-wide “tsunami” of standards-based reform that will standardize and homogenize the educational system across the globe. This volume makes it very clear, however, that there is no one approach to standards-based reform and countries change – there is a danger in paying attention to its evolution and impact in only one context. That’s what makes this volume so valuable. Louis Volante has drawn together descriptions from a wide range of countries, all involved in large-scale reform and using standards and assessments as part of their process. What becomes very obvious is that the language may be the same but the words reflect different contexts and can represent very different ideals, values, and processes. I’m sure you will find this book as interesting and challenging as I have – a gem that pushes your thinking and does not allow readers to remain neutral.” (Lorna Earl)

Teacher Empowerment Toward Professional Development and Practices

Author: Ismail Hussein Amzat
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9811041512
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book gathers a range of contributions from researchers and practitioners across borders with an emphasis on theoretical arguments and empirical data concerning teacher empowerment. It propels readers to explore powerful teaching practices that can further advance the profession as a continuing priority in the system when appropriately utilized. Further, it strives to capture teachers’ readiness to improve their professional skills and responsive practices as a form of accountability for their teaching and students’ learning, two aspects that are increasingly being judged by various stakeholders. The book argues that teachers’ autonomous participation and engagement in relevant decision-making activities and equitable access to continuing professional development opportunities are and should remain major priorities.

Leading the Common Core State Standards

Author: Cheryl A. Dunkle
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452283966
Format: PDF, ePub
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Transform your school using proven core curriculum practices This practical guide provides step-by-step guidance for overcoming the barriers to adopting the Common Core State Standards and achieving equity and excellence for all students. An experienced teacher and principal, Cheryl Dunkle shows leaders how to lead implementation of the CCSS and continuous quality improvement in schools. This practical guide addresses these key issues and more: Communicating the CCSS to teachers and parents and attaining their buy-in Transitioning schools and districts to align with the CCSS Determining which teaching and learning practices need to change Garnering resources and support for reforms Included are professional learning resources such as guiding questions, an annotated bibliography, and a list of helpful references.

The Professional Development of Teacher Educators

Author: Tony Bates
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317983270
Format: PDF
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This book makes a significant contribution to a hitherto much neglected area. The book brings together a wide range of papers on a scale rarely seen with a geographic spread that enhances our understanding of the complex journey undertaken by those who aspire to become teachers of teachers. The authors, from more than ten countries, use a variety of approaches including narrative/life history, self-study and empirical research to demonstrate the complexity of the transformative search by individuals to establish their professional identity as teacher educators. The book offers fundamental and thoughtful critiques of current policy, practice and examples of established structures specifically supporting the professional development of teacher educators that may well have a wider applicability. Many of the authors are active and leading persons in the international fields of teacher education and of professional development. The book considers: novice teacher educators, issues of transition; identity development including research identity; the facilitation and mentoring of teacher educators; self-study research including collaborative writing, use of stories; professional development within the context of curriculum and structural reform. Becoming a teacher is recognised as a transformative search by individuals for their teaching identities. Becoming a teacher educator often involves a more complex and longer journey but, according to the many travel stories told here, one that can be a deeply satisfying experience. This book was published as a special issue of Professional Development in Education.

Differentiated Professional Development in a Professional Learning Community

Author: Linda Bowgren
Publisher: Solution Tree
ISBN: 9781934009611
Format: PDF
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When teachers acquire new knowledge and successfully transfer it to their classroom practice, student learning improves. Professional learning communities (PLCs) achieve that result with continuous, collaborative, job-embedded learning. Differentiated Professional Development in a Professional Learning Community improves on that model by adding differentiation for teacher learners. The authors thoroughly explain a job-embedded process whereby teachers receive personalized training and support until they are ready to teach new strategies to their students. Book jacket.

Designing the School Leader s Portfolio

Author: Mary E. Dietz
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452293929
Format: PDF, ePub
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Provides collaborative, data-based strategies to help educational leaders construct portfolios and link leadership growth to school improvement goals. Includes a CD-ROM with resources, tools, and templates.

Improving Standards Based Learning

Author: Judy F. Carr
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452272565
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This comprehensive resource provides ready-to-use tools to lead educators through the design, implementation, and evaluation of a high-quality, standards-based curriculum that significantly and positively impacts student learning.

Assessing Impact

Author: Joellen Killion
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412953553
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Effective program evaluations can improve staff development programs and increase student achievement. Learn how to assess a program's evaluability, formulate evaluation questions, and collect and interpret data.