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Evolving Learner

Shifting From Professional Development to Professional Learning From Kids, Peers, and the World
By: Lainie Rowell, Kristy Andre, Lauren Steinmann

Foreword by Thomas C. Murray
A Joint Publication with Learning Forward

A framework focusing on three sources of learning—kids, peers, world—is shifting traditional PD to professional learning, where thinking is made visible for teachers and students.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544338323
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: March 10, 2020

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Learn from Kids, Peers, and the World to Transform Professional Learning

What can kids teach us about educational practices? It turns out, plenty. PD is evolving into professional learning (PL), where personalized experiences focus on goals and outcomes, rather than seat time. In Evolving Learner, successful PL is framed through three critical sources: learning from kids, from peers, and from the world. Woven throughout the book are tangible connections to cycles of inquiry where a harmonious balance is the ultimate goal when students are engaged in inquiry for deeper learning and teachers are engaged in a parallel process to improve their practice.

  • The authors’ unique framework shifts away from factory model “PD” and transforms it into experiences tailored to kids’ and adult learners’ specific needs. Clear strategies for accomplishing PL are presented through
  • A framework where both students and teachers are active agents of learning
  • Cycles of inquiry to empower students to become the owners of learning
  • Techniques to make thinking visible for teachers and students
  • Cutting edge coverage of applying technology to professional learning including the use of social media, gamification, and digital badges

The time is right to reclaim ownership of your professional learning: Evolving Learner is an essential guide for embarking on this journey.



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Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell is a bestselling author, award-winning educator, and TEDx speaker. An experienced teacher and district leader, she is dedicated to building learning communities, and her areas of focus include learner-driven design, social-emotional learning, online/blended learning, and professional learning. Lainie’s work has been highlighted in many publications, including Edutopia, ASCD K-12 Leadership SmartBrief, Getting Smart, and PBS NewsHour. As an international keynoter and a consultant, Lainie’s client list ranges from Fortune 100 companies like Apple and Google to school districts and independent schools. Since 2014, Lainie has been a consultant for the Orange County Department of Education's Institute for Leadership Development. Learn more about Lainie at lainierowell.com.
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Kristy Andre

Dr. Kristy Andre is an educator who is always thinking of ways to evolve and grow and hopes to always provide a space for everyone to feel loved, cared for, and safe. She has a Masters in Education from Concordia University, Irvine and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. Kristy has served as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, and instructional coach. She has taught in a traditional classroom setting, a non-traditional classroom setting, and has taught in South Africa for two years. Kristy also serves as an adjunct professor where she teaches in the Masters in Educational Technology program. Learn more about Kristy at https://kristyandre.com.

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Lauren Steinmann

Dr. Lauren Steinmann is an educator, administrator and lifelong learner who is passionate about helping students and teachers thrive in their school communities and in the world. She has taught multiple elementary grades and served as a Digital Learning Coach and Teacher on Special Assignment in STEM and currently works as an elementary principal in Southern California. Lauren holds a Masters in Educational Administration from Concordia University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. Lauren loves meeting and connecting with educators from around the world and sharing her love of learning as a presenter and speaker at conferences including CA STEAM Symposium, LEAD3, EdTalk, NGSS Rollout, Cotsen STEAM Ahead and CUE Conferences. Find Lauren on Twitter: @LaurenMStein
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Thomas C. Murray


About the Authors



Honor the Learner: Kids

Leveraging the Most Abundant Resource in Our Schools

What Are They Thinking? Making Thinking Transparent to Tailor Instruction and Promote Teacher Inquiry

Ownership of Learning for All: Shifting From Students Who Consume Content to Learners Who Create Content

Looking Ahead



Honor the Learner: Peers

Workshops That Work: Renovating the One-Size-Fits-All Model

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Coaching Principles and Practices

Practices in Action: Feeling Connected, Seen, and Heard

Social-Emotional Learning

Parents/Families as Peers

Tips: Listen, Be Flexible, Care



Honor the Learner: World

Becoming an Edu-Explorer

Developing Your Tribe

Social Media

Tips: Filter, Edit, Focus, Balance

Lurk No More


In Closing

References and Further Reading




Price: $30.95
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