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It's time to say goodbye to "sit-and-get, one-size-fits-all" PD sessions and embrace professional learning that meets the needs of all teachers. Allison Rodman's Personalized Professional Learning provides district and school administrators with a roadmap for transforming existing professional development programs into more effective and innovative learning experiences that elevate onsite expertise while still aligning with school and district priorities.
This book is a step-by-step guide for diagnosing, planning, executing, evaluating, and refining teachers’ professional learning. Supported by research and informed by the experiences of educators across the United States, it distills best practices for adult learning into clear advice and ready-to-use tools. Curious about what it looks like to commit to a personalized approach that prioritizes teacher voice and provides meaningful opportunities for co-creation, social construction, and self-discovery? Rodman provides answers and a clear way forward.
(ASCD Premium Member book, May 2019) 7" x 9", 168 pages
What teachers say to students—when they praise or discipline, give directions or ask questions, and introduce concepts or share stories—affects student learning and behavior. A slight change in intonation can also dramatically change how language feels for students. In What We Say and How We Say It Matter, Mike Anderson digs into the nuances of language in the classroom. This book’s many examples will help teachers examine their language habits and intentionally improve their classroom practice so their language matches and supports their goals.
Have you ever imagined yourself as a teacher leader but weren't quite sure whether you really had--or could develop--the necessary skills? Have you wondered what the first steps toward becoming a teacher leader might be, what kinds of approaches work best, and how you could overcome the inevitable challenges that come with leading your colleagues on a journey toward improvement as professionals? Authors Rebecca Mieliwocki (California and National Teacher of the Year for 2012) and Joseph Fatheree (Illinois Teacher of the Year for 2007) answer these questions and more in this engaging guide to becoming a successful teacher leader. Organized around five key tools--communication, collaboration, professional development, data, and advocacy--the book covers every aspect of what is involved in taking on leadership responsibilities.
Formative assessment is one of the best ways to increase student learning and enhance teacher quality. But effective formative assessment is not part of most classrooms. In the updated 2nd edition of this practical guide for school leaders, authors Connie M. Moss and Susan M. Brookhart define formative assessment as an active, continual process in which teachers and students work together to gather evidence of learning. Using specific examples based on their extensive work with teachers, the authors provide strategic talking points and conversation starters to address common misconceptions about formative assessment; practical classroom strategies to share with teachers that cultivate students as self-regulated, assessment-capable learners; ways to model the elements of formative assessment in conversations with teachers about their professional learning; "What if" scenarios and advice for how to deal with them; and questions for reflection to gauge understanding and progress.
The teenage years are unique, and today’s teens face new challenges as well as opportunities. The May 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at what teens need most in terms of both academic and social supports, highlighting how schools can work smarter to keep middle and high school students healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.