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Designs for Learning

Designs for Learning
A New Architecture for Professional Development in Schools

November 2002 | 200 pages | Corwin

"Paul Bredeson's application of architecture's principles of function, structure, and beauty to professional development policies and processes offers a unique and highly stimulating perspective sure to alter the thinking and work of researchers and practitioners alike. Creating artful designs for learning with structural integrity that appropriately meet the needs of educators and the students they teach should be the concern of professional developers at all levels."
Thomas R. Guskey, Professor
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Experience a new paradigm for improving professional practice and career long growth!

Redesign your professional development model to better reflect the relevant issues and realities of today's schools. Designs for Learning will help you guide your staff through the increasing pressures and demands they face daily. By following the steps in this book, your staff will experience enriched learning opportunities that support improved practice.

Using the metaphor of architecture, this landmark book outlines innovative ways to create and implement such a transformation, and highlights the rationale behind why these changes are so crucial. This insightful guide also offers straightforward explanations of the past, present, and future of professional development programs.

Some of the visionary highlights are:

  • A discussion of the six design themes and three essential components for effective professional development
  • Explanations of the design features that foster successful learning environments
  • An in-depth exploration into the five central elements that maximize professional development and shape its new paradigm
  • Practical tools and strategies for planning, implementing, and evaluating professional learning in and beyond school
  • Designs for aligning professional development, school improvement, and student learning

List of Tables and Figures
About the Author
Part I: Redesigning Professional Learning for Educators
1. Breaking the Box: New Designs for Professional Learning in Schools
2. Building Beneath the Surface: Footings and Foundations for Professional Development
3. Creating a Professional Learning Community
Part II: Creating Learning Spaces In and Beyond Work
4. Professional Development As Work: Essential Work for Educators
5. Professional Development In Work: Continuous Learning in Classrooms and Schools
6. Professional Development At Work: Benefits and Drawbacks to Workplace Learning
7. Professional Development Outside of Work: Creating Support for Off-Site Learning
8. Professional Development Beyond Work: Inward and Outward Learning Journeys
Part III: Evaluating and Implementing New Designs for Professional Learning
9. Evaluating the Architecture of Professional Development
10. From Design Studio to School Site: Creating Learning Spaces in Your School

“Intellectually evocative and practically grounded, this book acknowledges teachers as individuals and lifelong learners vitally engaged in their world and their profession. It should be at the top of the reading list for teachers, principals and anyone involved in planning, implementing or evaluating professional learning in and beyond schools.”

Professionallly Speaking, September 2003
Key features
  • This book links professional development to improvements in student learning
  • This book reflects current trends in professional development, including certification and licensure requirements and creating a professional development plan
  • The author has 30+ years experience as a practicing educator (teacher, principal), program director, and academic
  • Each chapter includes essential resources including web sites, professional networks, and best practices

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