Reflective Practice to Improve Schools An Action Guide for Educators

ISBN-10: 1412917573

ISBN-13: 9781412917575

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

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Description: The authors introduce the concept of reflective practice as a set of skills and behaviours to implement improvements not only to teaching, but also communication between staff, community and parents.

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List price: $43.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 12/21/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 10.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

William A. Sommers is currently the Learning Alternatives director and leadership coach for Spring Lake Park District 12 in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, consultant, and author. He is the former director of leadership & organizational development for Manor ISD in Texas, the former executive director for secondary curriculum and professional learning for Minneapolis Public Schools, and a school administrator for over 30 years. He has also been a Senior Fellow for the Urban Leadership Academy at the University of Minnesota. Sommers also has served as an adjunct faculty member at Texas State University, Hamline University, University of St. Thomas, St. Mary's University, Union Institute, and Capella University.Sommers was on the Board of Trustees for five years and past-president for the National Staff Development Council. He has been a presenter in preconferences and conference sessions for 12 consecutive years and continues to work as a senior consultant for NSDC.Since 1990, he has been an associate trainer for the Center for Cognitive Coaching based in Denver, Colorado. He has been a program director for an adolescent chemical dependency treatment center and on the board of a halfway house for 20 years.Sommers has co-authored seven books, Living on a Tightrope: A Survival Handbook for Principals, Becoming a Successful Principal: How to Ride the Wave of Change Without Drowning, Reflective Practice to Improve Schools, a Trainer's Companion, Energizing Staff Development Using Video Clips, Leading Professional Learning Communities, and Principal's Field Manual . He is currently workingnbsp;on Trainer's Companion for Habits of Mind (2009).In addition to writing many articles regarding coaching, assessment, and reflective thinking, he also does training in reflective practice, leadership, organizational development, conflict management, poverty, thinking skills, brain research, and classroom management. From 1970 to the present, he has been in K-12 education as a teacher and principal in urban, suburban, and rural schools. Sommers is a practitioner who integrates theory into the learning opportunities he facilitates.

Jennifer York-Barr, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where she coordinates and teaches teacher leadership, staff development, and educational administration.

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Reflective Practice for Continuous Learning
Fundamentals for Reflective Practice
Individual Reflective Practice
Reflective Practice With Partners
Reflective Practice in Small Groups and Teams
Schoolwide Refective Practice
Moving Forward With Reflective Practice--in Hope and Possibility
Theory of Action for Reflective Practice
Reflective Practice Spiral
Schoolwide Web of Relationships
Framework for Closing Reflections
Questions to Support Reframing
Framework for Personal Reflections on Professional Purpose and Practice
Personal Inventory of Reflective Practices
A 4-Step Reflection Process
Questions to Reflect on Meaning in Life
Questions for Getting Started With Individual Reflective Practice
Questions to Prompt Reflection On and For Instruction
Questions to Prepare for Being Coached
Questions for Getting Started With Partner Reflective Practice
Selected Quotes About Reflective Practice
Table Top Collaborative Group Norms
Protocol for Meeting or Learning-Group Design
Protocol for Planning Differentiated Instruction
Protocol for Collaborative Examination of Student Work
Questions for Getting Started With Reflective Practice in Small Groups or Teams
Framework for Reflective Practice Planning and Design
Questions for Getting Started With Schoolwide Reflective Practice
R-E-F-L-E-C-T-I-O-N Mnemonic: Lessons Learned About Reflective Practice
References
Index
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