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Move past distractions and become a learning leader! Cathy Toll illustrates how you can practice learnership every day through activities, real-life stories, and narrative bibliography.
- Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
- ISBN: 9781452216461
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2012
- Page Count: 176
- Publication date: May 18, 2012
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Put the focus of education back where it belongs—on learning!
Do you feel bogged down by endless administrative tasks? Do you wish you could focus more on what truly matters—learning? Learnership provides both insight and solutions for moving past the distractions and becoming a learning leader. Cathy Toll illustrates this transformational process through activities and focused "learning conversations."
Toll uses supported actions, theory and research, real-life stories, and narrative bibliography to explain how the practice of learnership can be implemented on a daily basis. This book offers:
- Practices to help teachers improve their effectiveness using problem-solving techniques
- More effective ways to approach data, testing, and accountability
- Strategies for supporting Professional Learning Teams (PLT) and educational coaches
Learnership is an invaluable resource for principals and teachers in school-based leadership roles, or anyone who wishes to focus on school improvement and their own personal growth as a leader in education.
Throughout, I'll provide stories to serve as examples and to promote quicker learning on the part of the reader. These stories are based in the real-life experiences of educators, including myself, but the "facts" of each situation are changed to adequately honor confidentiality. Thus, you can trust that the stories are based in reality but do not betray any one situation. T
he book has charts, sidebars, and lists to make key ideas more visible and to provide helpful examples. It also has a FAQ—Frequently Asked Questions—section at the end, to provide practical answers to questions that readers may raise, and a narrative bibliography to provide additional resources on ideas mentioned but not central to the main part of the text.
This book will enable you to:
- Lead learning in your school, district, or classroom.
- Do what you intended to do when you set out to be an educator.
- Ensure that the children in your trust are benefitting from all that an education can offer.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
About the Author
1. Introduction to Learnership
Felicia Robertson, Washington Intermediate School
Gordon Fielding, Centerville High School
2. Look for Learning
Teacher Learning as a Path to Student Learning
How to Look for Learning
Principals as Learning Leaders
3. Understand Learning
Shifts in Identity
4. Inquire into Learning
Sources of Information
A Role for Principals
5. Put Test Scores in Perspective
Mile Markers on the Journey
Information of Greater Value
Principal Attention to Student Learning
These Curious Times
6. Influence Learning
Tune In to Disequilibrium
More on the Question
Processes that Enhance Learning
7. Support Learning
Professional Learning Teams
Frequently Asked Questions
“Administrators will find this book to be a useful tool in working with their staffs to encourage 'Learnership' throughout their buildings.”Nancy M. Betler, Talent Development Facilitator and National Academic League Commissioner
Eastover Elementary, Charlotte, NC
“In Learnership, Cathy Toll reminds us that we didn’t get into the teaching profession to make 'data-driven decisions' and shows how starting with an issue and 'thinking data' can enhance learning. This book came at the perfect time in my career. It’s a book I’ll keep around to reference & refuel.”Andrew Goodin, Chemistry Teacher
Soldan International, St. Louis, MO
“Cathy Toll makes a contribution in the professional field and calls educators to focus on student learning instead of data and instruction as the tools for student learning.”Patricia J. Burke, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Freeport School District, IL