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Supporting and Sustaining Teachers' Professional Development
A Principal's Guide



March 2005 | 168 pages | Corwin
'Tallerico empowers principals with her view that leaders matter and demonstrates how their influence is expanded when they focus their attention on high-quality professional learning that continuously improves teaching, student learning, and relationships within the school community' - Dennis Sparks, Executive Director, National Staff Development Council

'Although there are many resources for building administrators to learn models and implementation issues for quality professional development, few I've seen have compiled as handy a resource as this one' - Karla Reiss, Founder, Consultant, and Coach, The Change Place; Professional Coaching and Consulting for Work and Life Transformation

Nurture teacher development through focused and realistic approaches!

Although school administrators consider supporting and sustaining teachers' professional development a priority, more pressing day-to-day imperatives often eclipse this goal. Supporting and Sustaining Teachers' Professional Development specifically targets busy headteachers who want practical suggestions for how to balance these everyday administrative tasks with encouraging teacher's professional growth.

Focusing on seven questions selected for their relevance to school administrators, this essential reference summarizes the practical implications of the latest research and theory on the topic of teacher development. New, experienced, and aspiring school leaders will learn how to:

- Emphasize research and practice

- Provide rationales that explain and justify the encouragement of professional development

- Link teachers' professional development to student learning

- Interpret national standards for professional development and practically apply them

- Improve student achievement, retain highly qualified teachers, and ground school practices in sound research by learning how to encourage your teachers while remaining committed to your leadership responsibilities.

 
List of Tables
 
List of Figures
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Part I: Determining Content
 
1. How Should Adult and Student Learning Be Linked?
 
2. How Can Professional Development Be Evaluated?
 
Part II: Designing Professional Development Processes
 
3. Which Models Best Suit Your Goals?
 
4. What Do We Know About Effective Practices?
 
Part III: Creating Supportive Contexts
 
5. How Can Leaders Focus Improvement Efforts?
 
6. How Are More Enabling Cultures Shaped?
 
7. How Can Resources Be Optimized?
 
8. Summing Up
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

"Although there are many resources for building administrators to learn models and implementation issues for quality professional development, few I've seen have compiled as handy a resource as this one."

Karla Reiss, Founder, Consultant, and Coach
The Change Place

"Tallerico empowers principals with her view that leaders matter and demonstrates how their influence is expanded when they focus their attention on high-quality professional learning that continuously improves teaching, student learning, and relationships within the school community."

Dennis Sparks, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

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Preface

Chapter 1: How Should Adult and Student Learning Be Linked?


Marilyn Tallerico

Marilyn Tallerico is a professor of Educational Leadership at Syracuse University. She teaches graduate courses in professional development, curriculum leadership, assessment of teaching, and politics of education. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Staff Development, as well as numerous other research and practitioner journals. She is widely published in the areas of the superintendency, gender, and educational leadership. Her two prior books were Accessing the Superintendency: The unwritten Rules (2000) and City Schools: Leading the Way (1993), the latter co-edited with Patrick B. Forsyth.A theme throughout her work is how... More About Author

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