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Reflective Practice to Improve Schools An Action Guide for Educators

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ISBN-10: 0761977635

ISBN-13: 9780761977636

Edition: 2001

Authors: Jennifer York-Barr, William A. Sommers, Gail S. Ghere, Jo Montie

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`This book is a must read for teacher leaders, principals, and central office administrators. The authors make a substantive and powerful argument for addressing reflection at all levels of the organization and provide practical tools and insights to facilitate a comfortable transition from theory to practice. This book will be valuable to anyone serious about ensuring success for all students' - Stephanie Hirsh, Deputy Executive Director, National Staff Development Council, Oxford, Ohio`I treasure this book. It is informative, well written, and important to educational leaders' - Robert Garmston, Cofounder, Institute for Intelligent Behavior, El Dorado Hills, CaliforniaThe authors explain reflective practice in a clear and concise manner and illustrate how reflective practice can enhance student learning. Readers will come away with an understanding of the potential of reflective practice to improve teaching and learning in schools.After introducing the concept of reflective practice as a set of skills and behaviours, the authors take the readers through steps and activities to establish an individual practice, reflection partners, small group reflection, and school wide reflective practice. Reflective practice is not only for individuals who want to take personal responsibility for learning and improvement but also for educators who gain greater communication between staff and community.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 6/27/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 194
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

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.

List of Tables and Figures
About the Authors
Reflective Practice and Continuous Learning
Essential Questions
Individual Reflection
Reflection With Partners
Reflection in Small Groups and Teams
Schoolwide Reflection
Moving Forward with Reflective Practice