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Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning
- Grade Level: PreK-12
- ISBN: 9781452292137
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2016
- Page Count: 120
- Publication date: June 07, 2016
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Make your school a place where professional learning thrives
Learning Forward is a leader in understanding and advancing professional learning that leads to student success. This series explores Learning Forward’s seven Standards for Professional Learning, which outline the characteristics of effective professional learning that, collectively, advance teaching and learning.
This volume focuses on the pathways through which leaders can orchestrate a learning environment that empowers teachers to take charge of their own development. Features include:
- An original essay by Karen Seashore Louis on creating a school culture in which all adults see themselves as part of the larger enterprise of continuous learning
- Strategies, tools, and specific examples focused on the leader’s role in everyday practice
- A case study of how public school leaders in Lexington, Massachusetts, improved outcomes for the district’s students by building trust, developing collaborative capacity, and fostering leadership at all levels of the system
When you make professional development an everyday part of the life of your school, you create an environment that encourages innovation, inspires collaboration, and makes continuous learning a priority—which benefits teachers and students.
(2) Provides educators with the learning opportunities and tools to unpack each standard, connect the standard to their own contexts and experiences, and build a common understanding of the qualities of effective professional learning.
(3) Original essays, written by leading experts in the field, challenge existing thinking and promote new, deeper-level understandings of the meaning of the standard.
(4) Explores the inconnectedness of individual standards and cultivates an appreciation for how the standards function in symmetry.
(5) Includes a detailed chapter on implementation and application of the standard to help close the knowing-doing gap and sustain improvements over time.
(6) Original case studies provide inspirational examples of actual districts "getting it right" and educators who have realized the promise of effective professional learning.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Series - Stephanie Hirsh
The Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning
The Leadership Standard
About the Authors
1. Introduction - Karen Seashore Louis
Foundations: Leadership is Important – In New Ways
Integration: Organizing a School Around Learning for All
The Human Dimension of Professional Learning
Caring and Emotional Intelligence
Learning to be a Learning Organization
2. Learning Together for Leading Together - Shirley M. Hord
Change Makers – Change Leaders
Who Are Change Leaders
The Role of Leaders for Professional Learning and Change
Changing Larvae Into Butterflies
Alignment of Standards, Implementation Strategies, and Cycle of Continuous Improvement
Loosely or Tightly Coupled: Does It Matter
Readings of the Leadership Standard
3. Case Study - Valerie von Frank
Using this Case Study
The LaMura Report Catalyzes Change
Changing Classroom Practice Requires Changing the Working Culture
Professional Learning is Pushed to the Forefront
Changing Student Performance Required Changing Classroom Practice
Additional Instruction for Students
The Result is Improvement
Backlash and Reinvestment
Lexington Faces the Future
View from Three Seats