Learning along the Way Professional Development by and for Teachers

ISBN-10: 1571103430
ISBN-13: 9781571103437
Edition: 2003
Authors: Diane Sweeney
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Description: Can your school or district improve its approach to building expertise among teachers, both those new to the profession and those interested in refining their craft? Diane Sweeney, currently a literacy specialist with the Public Education & Business  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.33
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 1/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Can your school or district improve its approach to building expertise among teachers, both those new to the profession and those interested in refining their craft? Diane Sweeney, currently a literacy specialist with the Public Education & Business Coalition, tells the story of how the inner-city public school in Denver where she was a teacher and literacy coach used learner-centered professional development to achieve outstanding gains in teacher knowledge and effectiveness. In Learning Along the Way, you will see concrete examples of how your school can move away from a one-size-fits-all professional development model to create an authentic learning environment that meets the needs of individual teachers. The book features chapters that focus on:implementing an instructional coaching model;establishing study groups among teachers;using observation as a means to model effective instruction;going deeper with discussion through the use of Critical Friends protocols;examining various ways adults process new information;encouraging teachers to take leadership roles;focusing the principal's leadership around the professional development model.Replete with real-life anecdotes and practical steps offered at the end of each chapter, this book will be useful to any teacher or administrator interested in rethinking the way they look at professional development.

Diane Sweeney has been a national consultant in the areas of literacy and coaching since 1999. She is the Founder and Lead Consultant for the educational consulting firm Spark Innovation. Her work focuses on the methods, practices, and structures for building rigorous learning communities in schools. The author of Learning Along The Way: Professional Development by and for Teachers (Stenhouse, 2003), Diane holds a longstanding interest in how students learn best as well has how adult learning translates to learning in the classroom. In the past, she has served as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, a trainer for literacy coaches, and an instructor at the university level. Diane has a bachelor�s degree from the University of Denver and a master�s in bilingual and multicultural education from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Acknowledgments
Principles of Professional Development
Modeling and Observation
Study Groups
Understanding Through Observation
Coaching Toward Implementation
Guided Practice
Processing New Information to Make It Your Own
Staying Grounded in Student Work
Independence
Principal Leadership
Teacher Leadership: Switching Roles
Finding the Courage to Get There
A Final Note
Appendixes
Bibliography
Index

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