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Teacher Collaboration for Professional Learning Facilitating Study, Research, and Inquiry Communities

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ISBN-10: 0470461314

ISBN-13: 9780470461310

Edition: 2009

Authors: Cynthia A. Lassonde, Susan E. Israel, Janice F. Almasi

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There is a national movement to foster teacher study groups and other professional learning communities. This important book offers an important resource for starting, supporting, and facilitating teacher study groups and other school-based professional learning communities that will ultimately improve teaching practice, lesson planning, and student performance. Written by two nationally recognized experts on the topic of teacher collaboration and teacher professional learning, this book is an invaluable resource for schools and districts to enhance teaching learning and professional development.
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 1/12/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Cathy Collins Block is a Professor of Education at Texas Christian University. She has taught every grade level from preschool to graduate school, and was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association from 2002-2005. She has served or is presently serving on the Board of Directors of the National Reading Conference. Nobel Learning Communities, IBM Educational Board of Directors, and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. She presently serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Educational Psychology, Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, National Reading Conference Yearbook, and America Tomorrow. She has written more than 30 books and 80 research-based articles relative to literacy instruction and teacher education. She has also served or is serving on several elementary/middle school authorial writing teams for public/private school textbooks and literacy curriculum materials. She has written for Walt Disney Corporation, PBS Television Stations and other national media companies. She has received numerous honors as a teacher, including Who's Who Among America's Teachers and Who's Who in the World.Susan E. Israel is an independent researcher, writer, and literacy consultant and currently serves as Presidentnbsp;and Directornbsp;of Reading Alliance for Catholic Educationnbsp;in Indiana, where she works with small and large corporations to enhance literacy products. Her special research interests are in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, and child-mind development as it relates to literacy processes. Israel served as assistant professor at the University of Dayton, and in 2005 she was awarded the University's Panhellenic Council Outstanding Professor Award. She has also served on the national faculty at the University of Notre Dame Summer Program, where she taught reading and language arts methods. A former elementary teacher, she was awarded the 1998 teacher-researcher grant from the International Reading Association (IRA). Having been an active member of the IRA for over a decade, she has served on a number of IRA committees and interest groups and recently was president of the History of Literacy Special Interest Group. In addition, she has been active with the National Reading Conference. Israel has authored, coauthored, or edited over 15 books and volumes and is the senior editor of the recently published comprehensive volume, Handbook of Research on Reading Comprehension (Israel & Duffy, 2008). Other recent publications include Teachers Taking Action: A Comprehensive Guide to Teacher Research (with Cynthia Lassonde, 2008), Reading First and Beyond (with Cathy Collins Block, 2005), Collaborative Literacy (2006), Shaping the Reading Field (2007), Poetic Possibilities (2006), and Quotes to Inspire Great Reading Teachers (2006).

List of Figures, Tables, and Exhibits
Foreword by Janice F. Almasi
The Authors
The Contributors
Why Support Collaborative Research?
Improving Teacher Professional Learning
Initiating Educational Improvements
Building a Professional Learning Community
Understanding the Inquiry Process
Getting Started
Staying Productive
Collaborating Effectively
Ethical Considerations: Improving Group Dynamics
Leadership Strategies for Collaborative Support Groups
Model Learning Communities in Action
School-Based and Partnership Communities
Networking and Online Collaborations
A Districtwide Model: The Fairfax County Public Schools Teacher Researcher Network, Contributed
Epilogue: Supporting and Sustaining Professional Collaboration
Tools and Templates
Getting to Know Invited Members
Brainstorming Chart: Whom to Invite to the Group
Sharing Perspectives and Talents
Tentative Agenda for Meetings
Meeting Minutes
Roles Signup Sheet
Supporting Each Other's Efforts and Learning
Exploring the Possibilities
Ongoing Group Evaluation
Final Reflections
Ongoing Conversations
Reflection Questions
Study Group Exercises
Valuable Resources
Teacher Research Survey