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Designing Professional Development for Change

Designing Professional Development for Change
A Guide for Improving Classroom Instruction

Second Edition

September 2008 | 128 pages | Corwin
This compact resource highlights the essential role of professional development in bringing about systemic change that benefits student achievement. The book offers practical methods for designing, promoting, and assessing change and stresses the important role that learning transfer plays in academic improvement and lifelong learning. The new features in this substantially updated revision include: a focus on the site-based professional developer's role as a champion for change in a student-centered learning community; a framework that guides professional developers through three stages of implementation; attention on assessing low-performing students' learning needs as the starting point for creating sustainable change that improves academic achievement schoolwide; emphasis on mediated learning experiences and skillful coaching for adult learners as they gather information and implement new approaches
Preface to the Second Edition
1. Why Change?
2. A Paradigm Shift
3. Getting to the Heart of the Matter
4. Transfer: A Different Way of Learning
5. Learning Transfer in the Learning Community
6. The Three Stages of Professional Development for Change
7. A Reality Check
8. The Sustainability Factor
9. A Professional Developer’s Checklist for Change

"Bellanca describes how to successfully design and plan for systemic professional development that empowers all learners to own their learning, which promotes professional growth.”

Nancy A. Carey, Coordinator of Professional Development
Maryland State Department of Education

"A practical, easy-to-follow guide for moving toward positive change for schools."

Linda Diaz, Program Specialist for Professional Development
Monroe County Schools, FL

"Offers readers the guiding principles and essential ingredients that must be incorporated into successful professional development programs.”

David Freitas, Professor
Indiana University, South Bend

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface to the Second Edition

Chapter 1

James A. Bellanca

James Bellanca is a life-long advocate for the principles and practices created by Reuven Feuerstein.  As a Senior Fellow for the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, he created and edits the innovative P21Blogazine. He is the editor of a series of 21st Century Deeper Learning collections, has authored more than a dozen how-to books aimed to infuse critical and creative thinking across the curriculum and is President of the Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Schools. More About Author

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