Powerful tools for facilitating teachersAe professional development and optimizing school improvement efforts! This step-by-step guide presents specific strategies for coaches who work with professional learning communities (PLCs) that practice action research, better known as 'inquiry-oriented PLCs.' This resource illustrates how incorporating action research can significantly influence professional development practices and provides coaches with lessons learned from facilitators of inquiry-oriented PLCs. This research-based book also offers: The 10 essential elements for a healthy PLCSample inquiry projects and case studies of actual inquiry-based PLCs12 lessons to help good coaches become great coachesReflection prompts in each chapter for study groups
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. 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.
List of Figures List of Tables Foreword Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors 1. Facilitating the Professional Development of Others: The Role of Action Research and Professional Learning Communities What Constitutes Powerful Professional Development? What Is Action Research? What Are Professional Learning Communities? How Can Action Research and Professional Learning Communities Become the Dynamic Duo? What's in a Name?: The Importance of Clarifying Language What Might an Inquiry-Oriented Professional Learning Community Look Like? 2. Establishing and Maintaining a Healthy Inquiry-Oriented PLC Ten Essential Elements of Healthy Inquiry-Oriented PLCs Assessing the Health of Your PLC Using Action Research to Advance Inquiry-Oriented PLC Work 3. Helping PLC Members Locate a Wondering The Wondering Playground The Wondering Litmus Test Looking Across the Litmus Test Questions and Stories 4. Helping PLC Members Develop an Action Research Plan Facilitating the Development of an Inquiry Brief: The Inquiry-Planning Meeting The Inquiry Brief Litmus Test 5. Helping PLC Members Analyze Data Data Analysis for the Action Researcher: A Review Coaching Analysis: The Data Analysis Meeting 6. Helping PLC Members Share Their Work With Others The Importance of Sharing: A Review Creating a Space and Time for Sharing Sharing PLC Inquiry Work With a Larger Audience Four Core Components of Sharing 7. From Good to Great: Lessons Learned in Coaching an Inquiry-Oriented PLC One Dozen Lessons for Coaching Inquiry-Oriented PLCs References Index
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