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Leading Powerful Professional Learning
- Grade Level: PreK-12
- ISBN: 9781544361451
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2019
- Page Count: 160
- Publication date: October 22, 2019
Effective facilitation is complex
What is central to leading powerful and effective facilitation in professional learning? You. Gone are the one-size-fits-all answers—instead, you’ll draw from your own knowledge and expertise to lead your PLC in actively solving complex problems that are unique to your context.
For professional learning to have an improvement impact for both teachers and students, it needs to be more than a single event. Truly successful professional learning is sustained, collaborative, evidence-informed, and student-focused—generating multifaceted solutions to real-life, real-time issues rather than focusing on one piece of the practice puzzle at a time.
This book, based on the results of a five-year research study, provides:
• An innovative approach to the design and delivery of professional learning grounded in principles of adaptive expertise
• Easy-to-use one-page summaries of “Deliberate Acts of Facilitation”
• Guidance that’s fully congruent with Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning
The current educational landscape demands a new kind of leadership. This book gives you the tools you need to apply the principles of adaptive expertise to your leadership and facilitation—enabling you to draw on your own deep knowledge to address the complex challenges you and your teachers face every day.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
Chapter 1: The Roots
Root #1: Adopting an Evaluative Inquiry Stance
Root #2: Valuing and Using Deep Conceptual Knowledge
Root #3: Being Agentic
Root #4: Being Aware of Cultural Positioning
Root #5: Being Metacognitive
Root #6: Bringing a Systemic Focus
Chapter 2: The Trunk
Exercise #1: Trunk: Responsiveness through Relationships with a Generative Improvement Orientation
Chapter 3: Branches and Leaves
Branch 1: Purpose and Focus
DAF #1: Clarifying Purpose
DAF #2: Focusing on Valued Student Outcomes
DAF #3: Building Coherence
DAF #4: Creating Commitment and Taking Action
Branch 2: Knowledge and Inquiry
DAF #5: Deepening Knowledge
DAF #6: Using Evidence Critically
DAF #7: Using Focused and Deep Collaborative Inquiry
Branch 3: Effective Learning Processes
DAF #8: Surfacing and Engaging Theories and Beliefs
DAF #9: Navigating Perceptions of Risk
DAF #10: Developing Self-Regulation
DAF #11: Providing Appropriate Support and Challenge
DAF #12: Co-constructing Learning
Chapter 4: Facilitating Improvement
Facilitating Improvement and Adaptive Expertise
How Does Adaptive Expertise Fit With Other Forms of Expertise?
Developing Your Own Adaptive Expertise
Developing Adaptive Expertise in Others
Putting It All Together
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Terri Iles, Executive Director, Learning Forward Texas
“Leading adult learning is difficult and many educators do not have the skills needed, nor do they know where to start. Our mental model of professional learning is skewed by years of substandard learning provided by well meaning leaders. This book will help build capacity for learning leaders to identify shortcomings and improve their craft.”
"Leaders often are unaware of the scope of their responsibilities when it comes to professional learning. Leading Powerful Professional Learning'sJoellen Killion, Senior Advisor, Learning Forward
diagrammatic and metaphoric way of presenting the content allows readers to access the book’s content in a variety of different ways."
"Most of what is currently available centers around professional learning for a specific content area (i.e. math, science, reading) but does not focus, in general, on the development, delivery, and evaluation of effective professional learning. Leading Powerful Professional Learning fills a void that currently exists for those of us charged with providing professional learning experiences."Eric C. Lee, Director, Jacksonville State University Inservice Center
"Leading Powerful Professional Learning provides specific support for those leading professional learning, giving readers the option to read cover to cover or identify specific areas of focus and read those sections. The authors present a book that moves beyond the description of what professional learning is but would provide solid examples and support for those who are leading professional learning in their school and district."Bryan McDonald, Assistant Professor, University of Central Missouri
"Leading Powerful Professional Learning is a valuable resource to those responsible for designing and facilitating professional learning."Amy Colton. Executive Director , Learning Forward Michigan