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The Reflective Educator's Guide to Professional Development Coaching Inquiry-Oriented Learning Communities

by Nancy Fichtman Dana, Diane Yendol-Hoppey

The Reflective Educator's Guide to Professional Development Coaching Inquiry-Oriented Learning Communities Synopsis

Powerful tools for facilitating teachersAE professional development and optimizing school improvement efforts! This step-by-step guide presents specific strategies for coaches who work with professional learning communities (PLCs) that practice action research, better known as 'inquiry-oriented PLCs.' This resource illustrates how incorporating action research can significantly influence professional development practices and provides coaches with lessons learned from facilitators of inquiry-oriented PLCs. This research-based book also offers: The 10 essential elements for a healthy PLCSample inquiry projects and case studies of actual inquiry-based PLCs12 lessons to help good coaches become great coachesReflection prompts in each chapter for study groups

The Reflective Educator's Guide to Professional Development Coaching Inquiry-Oriented Learning Communities Press Reviews

Congratulations to Nancy Fichtman Dana and Diane Yendol-Hoppey-and to all of us who are committed to helping teachers find their voice through the development of action research studies. We now have a terrific resource that provides a road map for connecting teacher networks and action research to create powerful professional development opportunities. The authors bring learning communities and teacher research to life because they put this work in the context of real schools and relate wonderful anecdotes of actual teachers. This book is a joy to read. -- Ellen Meyers, Senior Vice President A tool box overflowing with ideas that will help every staff developer craft a school culture hospitable to adult and student learning. -- Roland S. Barth, Author, Lessons Learned The stories and vignettes are very poignant and represented the concepts brilliantly. This book provides a link to the next steps in PLCs and elevates the bar of expectancy. -- Terry A. Crawley, Coordinator for School Planning and Professional Development The book speaks to many audiences, including instructional coaches, PLC leaders, action researchers and group leaders, and university professors working with action researchers and PLCs. -- Gail Ritchie, Coleader, Teacher Researcher Network Offers a new perspective on professional development that any school could implement. This book gave me ideas to share with my principals on how to get teachers to be active learners in the professional development process. -- Gina Segobiano, Superintendent The reader gets to be a fly on the wall, listening as the coaches facilitate and problem solve with their groups. The authors are truly passionate about providing the reader with tools, protocols, and vocabulary to aid coaches in their role as facilitator of teacher professional learning communities. -- Bill Osman, Supervisor of Professional Development and Mentoring

Book Information

ISBN: 9781412955805
Publication date: 26th June 2008
Author: Nancy Fichtman Dana, Diane Yendol-Hoppey
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Industrial or vocational training,

About Nancy Fichtman Dana, Diane Yendol-Hoppey

Nancy Fichtman Dana is currently professor of education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in Hannibal Central Schools, New York. Since earning her PhD from Florida State University in 1991, she has been a passionate advocate for teacher inquiry and has worked extensively in supporting schools, districts and universities in implementing powerful programs of job-embedded professional development through inquiry across the United States and in several countries, including China, South Korea, Belgium, Portugal, The Netherlands, Slovenia, and Estonia. She has published ten books ...

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