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Designing Schools for Meaningful Professional Learning

A Guidebook for Educators
By: Janice Bradley

Foreword by Shirley M. Hord

This breakthrough book, organized around a straightforward five-part plan, shows how to implement professional learning designed by your teachers for the unique needs of your school.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483339221
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2014
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: November 26, 2014

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Empower your teachers as partners in professional learning­and see student achievement soar!

Are you ready for a professional learning program that makes a lasting difference in the quality of teaching within your school or district?

Janice Bradley, a highly-respected educator shows how to promote your faculty’s professional growth and accountability through job-embedded learning. This breakthrough book enables education leaders to

  • Work collaboratively with faculty to develop and implement a five-part plan for professional learning designed to meet your school’s unique needs
  • Connect professional learning with practices that have the greatest positive effect in the classroom
  • Link professional development to teacher evaluation in a manner that builds trust
  • Learn best practices from schools that implemented Bradley’s methodology, and benefit from user-friendly strategies and tools

Say goodbye to top-down programming that’s quickly forgotten, and discover an approach that empowers and inspires your faculty at all levels of experience.

"It's hard to imagine a simple, five-step process that could integrate all of Learning Forward's seven professional learning standards, yet that is exactly what Janice Bradley has done in the book, Designing Schools for Meaningful Professional Learning.”

—Patricia Roy, Senior Consultant

Learning Forward Center for Results

"I’ve never experienced professional learning such as this! Taking part in collaborative learning with my team gave me the opportunity to explore questions and curiosities about my students that have been buried in years of district-driven professional development. Now my colleagues and I research together in order to create a learning environment every child deserves.”

—Kathryn Million, First-Grade Dual Language Teacher

Las Cruces, NM

Key features

  1. Outlines the processes for selecting and creating learning designs appropriate for and specific to the context and needs of adult learners at their school site
  2. Offers the tools, processes, and procedures showing how to promote adult active engagement
  3. Focuses on the ways learning designs can create flow - optimal learning experiences that inspire, so that people feel braver to take risks and try new practices,
  4. Describes how learning designs can promote both individual and collective creativity with a diverse school staff
  5. Includes vignettes and cases of enactment showing how real people in real settings design learning opportunities connected to classrooms.
  6. Grounded in the research, learning theories, and models of adult learning that are readily accessible for educators to study together to create a shared knowledge base
  7. Connected to teacher evaluation, specifically to promote growth and effectiveness through the Five Part Plan.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Moving to Meaningful Professional Learning in Schools

2. The Five-Part Plan: How to Design a School for Meaningful Professional Learning

3. Cycles of Learning Designs Connected to the Classroom

4. The Power of Teachers Selecting Learning Designs

5. Assessing and Evaluating Changes

6. The Principal: The Key to Making Learning Happen

7. Three Dimensions for Learning Designs: Technical, Psychological/Emotional, and Social

8. Building a School’s Professional Knowledge Base

9. Meaningful Learning to Remember



Price: $39.95
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