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Inquiry
A Districtwide Approach to Staff and Student Learning

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November 2012 | 200 pages | Corwin
The purpose of this book is to provide districts with a comprehensive guide to building a powerful, systems-wide professional development program that will enhance the quality of teachers they employ. Building on recommendations from The National Staff Development Council and the latest research on teacher professional development, the foundation of this PD system is the power of job-embedded professional learning, with a particular focus on inquiry and professional learning communities.
 
List of Figures
 
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Part I. For the Administrator
 
1. The Principal Professional Learning Community
 
2. The Principal Professional Learning Community in Practice
 
Part II. For the Teacher
 
3. The Inquiry-Oriented PLC
 
4. The Inquiry-Oriented Learning Community in Practice
 
Part III. For the Student
 
5. Introducing Inquiry Into the Classroom
 
6. Student Inquiry in Practice
 
Part IV. For the Professional Developer
 
7. The Importance of Coaching
 
8. Developing a District-Wide Cadre of Coaches
 
Conclusion

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"This text is an excellent example of a systematic and systemic approach to professional development and learning across the professional life span. I can't wait to use this text in my courses with teachers and teacher candidates as well as in my work with districts and professional development."

Jennifer Snow, Associate Professor and Chair
Boise State University, ID
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Foreword

Preface


Nancy Fichtman Dana

Nancy Fichtman Dana is currently professor of education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in Hannibal Central Schools, New York. Since earning her PhD from Florida State University in 1991, she has been a passionate advocate for teacher inquiry and has worked >extensively in supporting schools, districts and universities in implementing powerful programs of job-embedded professional development through inquiry across the United States and in several countries, including China, South Korea, Belgium, Portugal, The Netherlands,... More About Author

Carol M. Thomas

Carol Thomas is currently an Area Superintendent for Pinellas County Schools. To address the needs of the nation’s 22nd largest school, the district utilizes area superintendents to lead, support and develop the work of schools. Of the 37 diverse elementary schools that Thomas oversees, 27 made the NCLB’s “adequate yearly progress” standard in 2009. For the past three years the work of her region has been focused on a systematic approach to developing powerful instructional leaders. Using professional learning communities, principals and assistant principals studied and practiced the art of practitioner inquiry. As a result, school leaders... More About Author

Sylvia S. Boynton

Sylvia Boynton is a “professor in residence” in the University of Florida’s College of Education. In this role through the UF Lastinger Center for Learning, she works with teachers and administrators in a district-based, school improvement initiative in Pinellas County (St. Petersburg and Clearwater), Florida. She works intensively in 19 Title 1 elementary schools with a total of 75 educators who are earning graduate degrees in the Teacher Leadership for School Improvement (TLSI) program at UF. In addition, she collaborates with two associate superintendents to provide inquiry-focused professional development to elementary principals. Most... More About Author

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