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



© 2018 | 252 pages | SAGE AdvantEDGE

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

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
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

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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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