Developing Learning Communities Through Teacher Expertise
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Developing Learning Communities Through Teacher Expertise



© 2004 | 128 pages | Corwin

"No book I have read in the past ten years has made clearer to me the difference between what I am doing as a professional developer and what I should be doing. It is so unremittingly honest about the difficulty of our work, and yet so rich in practical examples that I cannot help but feel inspired to move forward and change the way I teach and learn with teachers."
Richard W. Strong, Vice President
Silver Strong & Associates, LLC

"There are many books on the market covering school improvement and teachers as experts as well as staff development; however, this book is concise, provides excellent templates, and is backed by real experiences and expertise."
Suzanne C. Fonoti, Principal
Flagstaff Arizona Unified School District

Forget expensive consultants—use the expertise within your own school for quality professional development!

Martin-Kniep offers practical methods for developing a reflective, collaborative environment where teachers and administrators work together to enhance teachers' practices, increase student learning, and produce valuable school processes. Developing Learning Communities Through Teacher Expertise includes frameworks, templates, and examples that can be employed to determine the value and implications surrounding the use of teacher-designed standards-based curriculum and assessment, data-driven inquiry, and professional portfolios.

Based on work completed at the nonprofit Center for the Study of Expertise in Teaching and Learning, this innovative volume includes:

  • Examples of teachers' reflections, portfolio artifacts, and student work
  • Sample standards-based curriculum units for different content areas and grade levels
  • Discussion questions and recommended readings
  • Sample worksheets and self-assessments
  • Standards-based curriculum and assessment design tools
  • Sample rubrics for student and teacher development

Developing Learning Communities Through Teacher Expertise offers step-by-step instructions for developing an action plan for incorporating learning communities into a school. Providing numerous real-life examples, Martin-Kniep includes three specific teaching units and supporting material, which illustrate how to identify and capitalize on teachers' existing expertise.

 
Preface
Acknowledgments  
 
About the Author
 
1. Learning Communities
What Are Learning Communities?  
Why Are They Important?  
What Do Learning Communities Do? What do They Require to Function?  
What Gets in the Way of the Development of Learning Communities?  
What Can We Do to Support Learning Communities?  
Possible Questions for the Reader  
Recommended Books on Learning Communities  
 
2. Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessment Design
What Does It Take to Develop a Standards-Based, Learner-Centered Unit?  
How Do We Help Teachers Develop High-Quality Standards-Based Units?  
Possible Questions for the Reader  
Recommended Books on Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessment Design  
 
3. Data-Driven Inquiry and Action Research
Three Examples of Inquiry  
How Can Schools Support Individual, Collaborative, and School-Based Research?  
Possible Questions for the Reader  
Recommended Books on Action Research and Use of Data  
 
4. Professional Portfolios
What Do Professional Portfolios Include?  
Understanding and Use of Standards-Based and Learner-Centered Curriculum and Assessment  
Use of Reflection and Data to Improve One's Practice  
How Are Professional Portfolios Organized?  
How Can Schools Begin to Support the Development and Use of Professional Portfolios?  
Possible Questions for the Reader  
Recommended Books on Portfolios  
 
5. Developing an Action Plan
Identification of Internal Expertise  
Assessment of Needs  
Brokering of Relationships Among Teachers  
Curriculum and Assessment Design Work  
Inquiry and Analysis Work  
Professional Portfolio Work  
 
Appendix A: Description of CSETL and Its Mission
 
Appendix B: Unit Design Template
 
Appendix C: Application to Become a CSETL Fellow
 
Appendix D: Professional Portfolio Rubric
 
References
 
Index

"There are many books on the market covering school improvement and teachers as experts as well as staff development; however, this book is concise, provides excellent templates, and is backed by real experiences and expertise."

Suzanne C. Fonoti, Principal
Flagstaff Arizona Unified School District

"No book I have read in the past ten years has made clearer to me the difference between what I am doing as a professional developer and what I should be doing. It is so unremittingly honest about the difficulty of our work, and yet so rich in practical examples that I cannot help but feel inspired to move forward and change the way I teach and learn with teachers."

Richard W. Strong, Vice President
Silver Strong & Associates, LLC

"This book will benefit all teachers who are interested in professional growth and development, even if their schools might not yet be considered 'larning organizations.' One committed teacher could spark interest in developing a learning community that would enrich the entire school, and this book provides a basic introduction to that process."

NSTA Recommends, November 2004
Key features
  • Professional development with an emphasis on cost-effectiveness
  • Covers standards-based exemplary curriculum and assessment at primary, intermediate, and secondary levels
  • Based on authors many years of experience working with teachers through the Center for the Study of Expertise in Teaching and Learning
  • Includes examples of teachers' reflections and portfolio artifacts and sample student work
  • Contains sample rubrics for students and for teacher professional development; worksheets, self-assessments, tips & strategies, discussion questions, recommended readings, sample standards-based curriculum units for different content areas and grade levels, and a standards-based curriculum & assessment design tool
  • Includes step-by-step instructions for developing an action plan for incorporating learning communities into a school

 


Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 2: Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessment Design


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