Powerful Professional Development: Building Expertise Within the Four Walls of Your School

Powerful Professional Development: Building Expertise Within the Four Walls of Your School

By: Nancy Fichtman Dana (editor), Diane Yendol-Hoppey (editor)Paperback

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In this volume, bestselling authors Diane Yendol-Hoppey and Nancy Fichtman Dana have crafted an essential guide to job-embedded professional development (PD) and demonstrate how educators can strengthen teacher learning without breaking the budget. Rather than advocating a specific method, "Powerful Professional Development: Building Expertise Within the Four Walls of Your School" presents a full toolbox of professional development strategies with suggestions for implementation and recommendations about which tools to use at different times and in different contexts. Using this comprehensive resource, schools can move away from the traditional model of professional development that relies on outside experts, and instead draw on and develop the skills and talents of their own faculty. Covering a range of approaches and techniques and sharing examples of lessons learned from schools and districts that have cultivated these approaches successfully, the authors describe and evaluate a full spectrum of models of job-embedded PD, including: book study; Webinars; co-teaching; open space technology; lesson study; action research; coaching; professional learning communities; online communities; and, more.

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About Author

Diane Yendol-Hoppey is the Director of the Benedum Collaborative and a Professor of Education at West Virginia University. The Benedum Collaborative is one of the oldest school/university partnerships in the nation. Diane spent the first thirteen years of her career in education teaching in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In her work at Penn State, the University of Florida, and West Virginia University, Diane focuses on job-embedded teacher professional development and the cultivation of teacher leadership. Her research explores how powerful vehicles for teacher professional development including teacher inquiry, professional learning communities, and coaching/mentoring can support school improvement. She has authored numerous studies which have appeared in such journals as Teachers College Record and Journal of Teacher Education. She is coauthor (with Nancy Fichtman Dana) of three books, The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research: Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn through Practitioner Inquiry, The Reflective Educator's Guide to Professional Development: Coaching Inquiry-Oriented Learning Communities and The Reflective Educator's Guide to Mentoring: Strengthening Practice through Knowledge, Story, and Metaphor, all from Corwin Press. Nancy Fichtman Dana is currently Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and has been studying practitioner inquiry for the last twenty years. During this time, she has developed and taught classes on practitioner research for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, coached the practitioner research of numerous educators from various districts across the nation, as well as published nine books and over 50 book chapters and articles in professional journals focused on teacher and principal professional development and practitioner inquiry.

Contents

Foreword, by Stephanie Hirsh Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors Part I. What Is Powerful Job-Embedded Profressional Development, and How Can You Make It Happen? 1. Cultivating Professional Development From Inside the Four Walls of Your School So What Is Job-Embedded Professional Development? What Are the Building Blocks for Job-Embedded Professional Development? An Example: What Did Mrs. Oublier Teach Us About Building Professional Knowledge That Facilitates Change? Concluding Thoughts Additional Resources 2. Creating Space and Reconceptualizing Roles for Job-Embedded PD: Building the Back Porch What Exactly Is a School's Back Porch? Who Is on the Back Porch? Roles and Responsibilities What Is a Teacher Leader? What Is the Role of the Principal? Concluding Thoughts Additional Resources 3. Thinking Outside the Clock and Inside the Budget: How to Find Time and Money for Job-Embedded PD Finding Time Finding Money How to Use Time and Money Creatively An Example: Finding Time and Money for Job-Embedded PD Concluding Thoughts Additional Resources Part II. The Professional Development Toolbox: Strategies to Actualize Powerful Professional Development 4. Book Studies, Webinars, Podcasts, and Online Video Libraries Definition: Book Study Definitions: Webinar, Podcasts, and Online Video Library Illustration: From Book Study to Webinar and Back Again What Have We Learned? Some Things to Think About Additional Resources 5. Research-in-Action and Coteaching Definition: Research-in-Action Illustration: Research-in Action Definition: Coteaching Illustration: Coteaching?Lead and Support Illustration: Coteaching?Parallel Teaching What Have We Learned? Some Things to Think About Additional Resources 6. Conversation Tools: Protocols, Open Space Technology, and the Knowledge Cafe Definition: Conversation Tools Illustration: Conversation Tools What Have We Learned? Some Things to Think About Additional Resources 7. Lesson Study Definition: Lesson Study Illustration: Lesson Study What Have We Learned? Some Things to Think About Additional Resources 8. Teacher Inquiry/Action Research Definition: Teacher Inquiry/Action Research Illustration: Teacher Inquiry/Action Research What Have We Learned? Some Things to Think About Additional Resources 9. Coaching Models: Peer, Culturally Responsive, and Content Focused Definition: Coaching Illustration: Peer Coaching Illustration: Culturally Responsive Coaching Illustration: Content-Focused Coaching What Have We Learned? Some Things to Think About Additional Resources 10. Professional Learning Communities Definition: Professional Learning Community Illustration: Inquiry-Oriented PLC What Have We Learned? Some Things to Think About Additional Resources Part III. Using Your Toolbox: Tips for Developing a Successful Job-Embedded, Professional Development Program 11. Making the Match: Aligning Data and the Right Tools With Your Particular Needs What Factors Should I Consider in the Matchmaking Process? Illustration: Sixth-Grade Language Arts Teacher Keisha Wagner What Is a Theory of Change, Why Do You Need One, and How Do You Get One? Illustration: Elementary School Teacher Leader Kevin Smith Tips for Making the Perfect Match for Professional Learning Concluding Thoughts 12. Effective Professional Development Within Your School Walls: Lessons Learned Ten Lessons for Making Job-Embedded Professional Development a Success at Your School Parting Comments References and Additional Reading Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/04/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781412979757
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 200
  • ID: 9781412979757
  • weight: 431
  • ISBN10: 1412979757

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