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Designing and Implementing Effective Professional Learning
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Designing and Implementing Effective Professional Learning



September 2013 | 256 pages | Corwin

For sustained success, educators must commit to their own lifelong improvement.

Commitment to high-quality professional learning is a common aspect of educational systems of the the world’s highest-achieving nations. Despite evidence that effective professional learning can be a powerful lever for school improvement, much of the professional development (PD) that is conducted in the United States has had limited impact on teacher practice...

In these pages, John Murray identifies research-based characteristics of effective teacher professional learning, detailing eight strategies for planning and executing professional development programs and evaluating their results. Content includes:

  • The proven “backward” approach to articulating the goals of your PD program
  • Descriptions of innovative and effective designs for professional learning such as Lesson Study and Instructional Rounds  
  • Powerful approaches to designing and implementing  online PD

Packed with templates that make getting started easy, this all-in-one resource will facilitate deep professional learning that truly enhances student achievement.

“This book is one that any teacher or administrator who is involved with leading professional learning and continuous improvement—new to the field or with great experience—would find great value in.”
— Jeff Ronneberg, Superintendent
Spring Lake Park Schools, MN

“This is a critical resource that should be on every education leader’s bookshelf. You will be challenged to find another book with so much helpful information on so many important professional development strategies that you can get started on immediately to facilitate real change in your school.”
— John D. Ross, Educational Consultant
Pulaski, VA

 
List of Figures
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. The Need for Change
Traditional Approaches to Teacher Professional Learning  
New Demands Require Change  
 
2. Effective Teacher Professional Learning
Theoretical Models of Professional Development Action  
Characteristics of Effective Professional Development  
Summary  
 
3. Context: Building an Atmosphere to Support Teacher Learning
Learning Communities  
Leadership  
Resources  
Summary  
 
4. Content: Specifying the Goals of Professional Learning Activities
Identifying Goals  
Evaluating Your Professional Development Program  
Summary  
 
5. Process: Selecting Specific Activities and Strategies
Learning Designs  
Implementation  
Summary  
 
6. Lesson Study
A Cycle of Instructional Improvement  
The Lesson Study Philosophy  
Lesson Study Steps  
The Essential Elements of Lesson Study  
Challenges to Engaging in Lesson Study: Misconceptions to Avoid  
Summary  
 
7. Critical Friends
The Origins of Critical Friends  
The Philosophy of CFGs  
Critical Friends Steps  
The Essential Elements of Critical Friends  
Benefits of CFGs  
Summary  
 
8. School Rounds
A Lesson From Medicine  
The Rationale for School Rounds  
The Steps in School Rounds  
Learning With Rounds  
Summary  
 
9. Action Research
A Hands-On Approach  
Why Choose Action Research?  
The Action Research Process  
Benefits of Action Research  
Summary  
 
10. Mentoring
The Power of Relationships  
Why Mentoring Matters  
Essential Steps in Building a Mentoring Program  
The Work of Mentoring  
The Role of the Principal  
Essential Elements  
Summary  
 
11. Peer Coaching
Harnessing Peer-to-Peer Wisdom  
The Rationale for Peer Coaching  
Essential Steps of the Peer Coaching Process  
Essential Elements  
Summary  
 
12. Online Professional Development
The Rationale for Online Professional Development  
A Framework for Implementing Online Professional Development  
Monitoring and Evaluating Online Professional Development  
Summary  
 
13. Personal Learning Networks
Going Global  
The Power of PLNs  
The Process of Creating and Cultivating PLNs  
Getting Started  
Using Tools to Connect: Early PLN Formation  
Advanced PLN Formation: What Does It Look Like?  
The Challenges of PLNs  
Summary  
 
14.The Challenges of Introducing New Forms of Teacher Professional Learning
How Have Teachers Experienced Past Professional Development?  
Are Teacher Needs and Preferences Being Considered?  
Are Teachers Treated With Respect?  
Are Teachers Being Asked to Collaborate, Think, and Innovate?  
Do School Leaders Make the New Strategies Easy to Implement?  
Are Professional Development Activities Linked to a Compelling Purpose?  
Breaking Down Barriers  
Summary  
 
15. A Call to Action
 
References
 
Index

"This is a critical resource that should be on every education leader’s bookshelf. Anyone involved with staff development will find help in the clear and concise information Murray provides. You will be challenged to find another book with so much helpful information on so many important professional development strategies that you can get started on immediately to facilitate real change in your school."

John D. Ross, Educational Consultant
Pulaski, VA

"This book is one that any teacher or administrator who is involved with leading professional learning and continuous improvement—new to the field or with great experience—would find great value in. "

Jeff Ronneberg, Superintendent
Spring Lake Park Schools, MN

"Library media specialists will find this information helpful in their role as school leaders and staff developers. Short, readable chapters, solid information, lists and many tables contribute to the book’s extreme usefulness."

Library Media Connection, August/September 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

1. The Need for Change


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John M. Murray

John Murray is an educational consultant and presenter on effective teacher learning practices in American schools.  He has also been a classroom teacher, science department head, high school principal, and university instructor in his over 20 years as an educator. His previous book was titled Effective Teacher Learning Practices in U.S. Independent Schools, and he has published over a dozen articles on effective teacher professional learning. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Auburn University, an M.A. in Private School Administration from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and both an M.Ed. and B.A. from the... More About Author

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