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Leading Professional Learning
Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers



© 2015 | 80 pages | Corwin

Expert strategies for personalized, 21st Century professional learning!

Empower teachers to take ownership of their own professional learning. Recognized EdTech leaders Murray and Zoul guide you step-by-step through the process. Confidently learn to build a values-driven school culture, personalized professional roadmaps, and a collaboration-minded staff. You’ll find concrete examples, leadership profiles, and a wealth of resources to help administrators and teachers:

  • Take ownership of their professional growth
  • Design meaningful learning opportunities
  • Collaborate and learn using technology, blogs, and social media
  • Model and support professional learning for others

Transform teacher learning and see your student achievement soar!

The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website.

Check out the Connected Educator Series matrix to find out which book is right for you.   

"Leading Professional Learning: Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers masterfully connects how and why professional learning for teachers can be transformed. It's an accessible, practical resource that every educator should have in their toolkit."
—Cindy Johanson, Executive Director
Edutopia, George Lucas Educational Foundation

"This is a brief, but powerful, book about making professional learning for teachers more meaningful and personal. Murray and Zoul have identified several important ways to improve how we support our teachers' learning so that they are better equipped to support their students. The book offers practical tips that schools and districts can take and use immediately."
—Todd Whitaker, Professor of Department of Educational Leadership
Indiana State University

 
Preface by Peter DeWitt
 
Introduction
 
1. A New Vision for Professional Learning
Who Owns the Learning?  
Teachers as Learners and Leaders  
Tool Spotlight: Google Forms for Soliciting Teacher Feedback  
Leadership Profile: Michelle Nebel  
 
2. Lead Learners Model the Way
The Leadership Gap  
Time: Stop Spending; Start Investing  
Tool Spotlight: Today's Meet  
Blogging to Lead, Blogging to Learn  
Tool Spotlight: Edublogs, Blogger, Wordpress  
Leadership Profile: Jimmy Casas  
 
3. Personalizing Learning Plans in Action
Empower Staff to Design Their Own Learning  
Designing the Personalized Roadmap  
Expanding Boundaries  
Tool Spotlight: Tweetdeck  
Tool Spotlight: The Official Chat List  
Leadership Profile: Laura Fleming  
 
4. Developing the 21st Century Professional Learning Mindset
Professional Learning is Collaborative  
Job-Embedded Professional Learning and the Role of Coaching  
Professional Learning Communities  
Professional Learning is Engaging  
Professional Learning is Relevant and On Demand  
Tool Spotlight: Voxer  
Leadership Profile: Tom Whitford  
 
5. Shifting the Focus Forward
Common Core Shifts Require Shifts in Professional Learning  
From Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side to Meddler in the Middle  
A Call to Action  
 
References

“Murray and Zoul outline what it takes to be a Future Ready School District as it relates to professional learning. It is imperative that school districts move from the one-size-fits-all, sit and get model of professional learning to a system where teachers are empowered, human capacity is built, staff take ownership of their own learning, and leaders serve as a models in their own learning. This book offers practical advice that can be implemented by any educator and is a needed tool for their tool chest!"  

Governor Bob Wise, President
Alliance for Excellent Education

"Leading Professional Learning: Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers masterfully connects how and why professional learning for teachers can be transformed. It's an accessible, practical resource that every educator should have in their toolkit."

Cindy Johanson, Executive Director
Edutopia, George Lucas Educational Foundation

"This is a brief, but powerful, book about making professional learning for teachers more meaningful and personal. Murray and Zoul have identified several important ways to improve how we support our teachers' learning so that they are better equipped to support their students. The book offers practical tips that schools and districts can take and use immediately."

Todd Whitaker, Professor of Department of Educational Leadership
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana

" There is nothing more important than the professional learning of teachers. Murray and Zoul outline easy to implement strategies while providing an array of tools to assist any educator, regardless of experience, take control of his or her learning."

Eric Sheninger, Author of Digital Leadership

"Too many school leaders dread staff meetings and professional development days because they aren't prepared to make these events meaningful learning opportunities for their staff members. This book will help school leaders feel excited about the next staff learning event by giving them the knowledge and tools to make a positive impact on those they lead."

Curt Rees, Principal
Northern Hills School, Onalaska, Wisconsin
Key features
  • This book will help school leaders personalize PD for their teachers
  • Teachers will be empowered to take more leadership in their PD and therefore be able to design more meaningful learning experiences for themselves
  • The authors give leaders and teachers a plethora of PD resources
  • They will also feature stories from other educators who have personalized PD

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Introduction


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ISBN: 9781483379920

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