Designing and Implementing Effective Professional Learning

ISBN-10: 1452257795
ISBN-13: 9781452257792
Edition: 2014
Authors: John M. Murray
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Description: Teacher professional development (PD) is critical to students' success. This book demonstrates research-based strategies for planning, executing and evaluating the results of PD programs.

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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 9/18/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Teacher professional development (PD) is critical to students' success. This book demonstrates research-based strategies for planning, executing and evaluating the results of PD programs.

John Murray is an educational consultant and presenter on effective teacher learning practices in American schools.� He has also been a classroom teacher, science department head, high school principal, and university instructor in his over 20 years as an educator. His previous book was titled Effective Teacher Learning Practices in U.S. Independent Schools, and he has published over a dozen articles on effective teacher professional learning. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Auburn University, an M.A. in Private School Administration from Teacherrsquo;s College at Columbia University, and both an M.Ed. and B.A. from the University of Virginia.

List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
The Need for Change
Traditional Approaches to Teacher Professional Learning
New Demands Require Change
Effective Teacher Professional Learning
Theoretical Models of Professional Development Action
Characteristics of Effective Professional Development
Focus on Student Learning and Specific Content
Extended Over Time and Connected to Practice
Align With School Priorities and Goals
Build Strong Collaborative Working Relationships
Summary
Context: Building an Atmosphere to Support Teacher Learning
Learning Communities
Supportive and Shared Leadership
Shared Values and Vision
Collective Learning and Application of Learning
Shared Personal Practice
Results Orientation
Leadership
Clarity of Purpose
Communicate Expectations
Attend to the Foundation
Begin With a Problem or a Goal
Teach Collaboration Skills
Develop the Leadership Capacity of Teachers
Resources
Human
Time
Technology
Money
Summary
Content: Specifying the Goals of Professional Learning Activities
Identifying Goals
Identifying Student Needs
Identifying Teacher Needs
Stating Specific Professional Learning Goals
Evaluating Your Professional Development Program
Teacher Reactions
Teacher Learning
Teacher Use of New Knowledge and Skills
Student Learning
Excellent Evaluations Focus on Evidence, Not Proof
Summary
Process: Selecting Specific Activities and Strategies
Learning Designs
Who Should Be Involved?
Connecting Learning Goals With Specific Strategies
Implementation
Attend to the Change Process
The Issue of Time
The Issue of Cost
Summary
Lesson Study
A Cycle of Instructional Improvement
The Lesson Study Philosophy
Lesson Study Steps
Forming and Focusing the Group
Collaboratively Planning the Research Lesson
Teaching and Observing the Research Lesson
Discussing the Research Lesson
Revising and Reteaching the Lesson
Discussing the Revised Lesson and Summarizing the Learning
The Essential Elements of Lesson Study
Adult Learning Context
Content Knowledge Focus
Student Learning Focus
In-Person Observation
Administrative Support and Participation
Challenges to Engaging in Lesson Study: Misconceptions to Avoid
Summary
Critical Friends
The Origins of Critical Friends
The Philosophy of CFGs
Critical Friends Steps
Forming the Group
Meeting Preparation
The Meeting
Between Meetings
The Essential Elements of Critical Friends
Commitment From the Top
Training and Resources
Collaborative School Culture
Focus on Instructional Practice
Benefits of CFGs
CFGs Foster a Culture of Community and Collaboration
CFGs Enhance Teacher Professionalism
CFGs Influence Teacher Thinking and Practice
Summary
School Rounds
A Lesson From Medicine
The Rationale for School Rounds
The Steps in School Rounds
Forming Rounds Groups
Rounds Preparation
The Rounds Lesson
The Debriefing
Post-Rounds Reflection
Learning With Rounds
Summary
Action Research
A Hands-On Approach
Why Choose Action Research?
The Action Research Process
Individuals or Groups?
Selecting a Focus
Creating a Plan
Collecting Data
Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Taking Action
Sharing What Has Been Learned
Benefits of Action Research
Summary
Mentoring
The Power of Relationships
Why Mentoring Matters
Essential Steps in Building a Mentoring Program
Creating a Vision
Competencies and Responsibilities
A Structure for Mentoring
Finding the Time
Mentor Selection Process
Determining Training Methods
The Work of Mentoring
The Beginning of the Year
Disillusionment, Frustration, and Rejuvenation
Reflecting and Planning
The Role of the Principal
Essential Elements
Summary
Peer Coaching
Harnessing Peer-to-Peer Wisdom
The Rationale for Peer Coaching
Essential Steps of the Peer Coaching Process
Get Things Started
Identify a Need and Specify an Outcome
Understand the Current Reality
Explore Assumptions
Create and Test Alternative Solutions
Monitor Progress
Essential Elements
Summary
Online Professional Development
The Rationale for Online Professional Development
A Framework for Implementing Online Professional Development
Who Should Be Involved?
Technology Considerations
Addressing Online Professional Development Myths
Connect Learning Goals With Specific Online Options
Determine When Teachers Will Participate
Align Online Professional Development With On-Site Professional Learning
Monitoring and Evaluating Online Professional Development
Leading Online Professional Development Efforts
Summary
Personal Learning Networks
Going Global
The Power of PLNs
The Process of Creating and Cultivating PLNs
Getting Started
Introduction to Digital Tools and Creating a Blog
Social Networking
Using an Aggregator
Podcasting and Media Sharing
Creating Online Slideshows
Microblogging
Reflecting
Using Tools to Connect: Early PLN Formation
Advanced PLN Formation: What Does It Look Like?
The Challenges of PLNs
Summary
The Challenges of Introducing New Forms of Teacher Professional Learning
How Have Teachers Experienced Past Professional Development?
Are Teacher Needs and Preferences Being Considered?
Are Teachers Treated With Respect?
Are Teachers Being Asked to Collaborate, Think, and Innovate?
Do School Leaders Make the New Strategies Easy to Implement?
Are Professional Development Activities Linked to a Compelling Purpose?
Breaking Down Barriers
Involve Teachers in the Process
Help Teachers Experience Early Success
Support Teacher Efforts
Attend to Context
Keep the Focus on Student Learning
Summary
A Call to Action
References
Index

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