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Why Can't We Get It Right?
Designing High-Quality Professional Development for Standards-Based Schools

Second Edition
Edited by:

Foreword by Dennis Sparks



February 2005 | 184 pages | Corwin
"In Why Can't We Get It Right? Second Edition, Marsha Speck and Caroll Knipe provide a thorough overview of what is known about the nature of professional development that produces high levels of learning and performance for teachers and their students. They admirably achieve their goal of showing how well-designed professional development with a clear focus on improved student learning can make a difference in teaching and student success."
—From the Foreword by Dennis Sparks, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

How can we use professional development to provide the best teaching and learning opportunities for all students?

To increase student achievement and prepare all students to meet standards, educators must be well prepared. Teachers who know their content and strategies can open a virtual toolbox and take out what they need to help all students become successful. This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Why Can't We Get It Right? explains how educational leaders can design, deliver, and evaluate collaborative standards-based professional development.

In this unique and indispensable guide, Marsha Speck and Caroll Knipe provide professional development designs, challenging teachers to make a difference for students and resulting in dramatically improved schools. This excellent resource contains:

  • Essential questions about high-quality professional development
  • Information on creating the culture for a learning community
  • Conditions and processes for professional development
  • Suggestions on designing your own model
  • Tools for evaluating and rethinking professional development and learning
  • Strategies for deepening a leader's impact on a standards-based system
If we are to improve learning and achievement in our schools, we must also nourish the growth of educators and foster a learner-centered environment!

Dennis Sparks
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Essential Questions About High-Quality Professional Development
 
2. Creating the Culture for a Learning Community
 
3. Conditions and Processes for Professional Development
 
4. Designing Your Own Model
 
5. Evaluating Professional Development
 
6. Rethinking Professional Learning
 
Resource: Recommended Readings and Web Sites
 
References
 
Index

“In Why Can't We Get It Right? Second Edition, Marsha Speck and Caroll Knipe provide a thorough overview of what is known about the nature of professional development that produces high levels of learning and performance for teachers and their students. They admirably achieve their goal of showing how well-designed professional development with a clear focus on improved student learning can make a difference in teaching and student success.”

From the Foreword by Dennis Sparks, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

"This is indeed a caring and pioneering book. Seldom have I seen or read such a thorough, comprehensive, and theoretically sound text on professional development. I challenge teachers, parents, principals, superintendents, district office personnel, board members, and professors to add this book to (their) professional library, to use it as a text, and to share it with others."

Linda Lambert, Professor Ermeritus
Educational Leadership, California State University, Hayward

"Speck and Knipe's book is unique in that it does justice to both the complexity and the central role staff development must play in raising student achievement. The authors discuss professional development in a way that does not sacrifice depth for breadth, sound research for practical application, or comprehensiveness for expediency."

Laura Gschwend, Associate Principal
Santa Teresa High School, San Jose, CA

Praise for the First Edition:
"As a proponent of whole-system change and as a professor of change leaderhip in education, I highly recommend Marsha Speck and Caroll Knipe's book as a valuable guide for improving student, faculty, staff, and whole system learning. Professional development leaders concerned with whole-system improvement will want to have a copy of this book on their shelves."

Journal of Staff Development, Spring 2005
National Staff Development Council

"From an amazingly true-to-life perspective, this book explains how educational leaders can design, develop, and evaluate truly collaborative professional development . . . This second edition is intended to give supervisors and edge in the 'race for personal efficacy and collective power focused on student achievement.'"

NSTA Recommends, November 2005
National Science Teacher Association

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Foreword by Dennis Sparks

Preface


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