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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

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The Reflective Educator's Guide to Professional Development Coaching Inquiry-Oriented Learning Communities by Nancy Fichtman Dana, Diane Yendol-Hoppey

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

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


About the Author

Nancy Fichtman Dana is currently Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and has been studying practitioner inquiry for the last twenty years. During this time, she has developed and taught classes on practitioner research for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, coached the practitioner research of numerous educators from various districts across the nation, as well as published nine books and over 50 book chapters and articles in professional journals focused on teacher and principal professional development and practitioner inquiry. Diane Yendol-Hoppey is the Director of the Benedum Collaborative and a Professor of Education at West Virginia University. The Benedum Collaborative is one of the oldest school/university partnerships in the nation. Diane spent the first thirteen years of her career in education teaching in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In her work at Penn State, the University of Florida, and West Virginia University, Diane focuses on job-embedded teacher professional development and the cultivation of teacher leadership. Her research explores how powerful vehicles for teacher professional development including teacher inquiry, professional learning communities, and coaching/mentoring can support school improvement. She has authored numerous studies which have appeared in such journals as Teachers College Record and Journal of Teacher Education. She is coauthor (with Nancy Fichtman Dana) of three books, The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research: Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn through Practitioner Inquiry, The Reflective Educator's Guide to Professional Development: Coaching Inquiry-Oriented Learning Communities and The Reflective Educator's Guide to Mentoring: Strengthening Practice through Knowledge, Story, and Metaphor, all from Corwin Press.

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Publication date

26th June 2008

Author

Nancy Fichtman Dana, Diane Yendol-Hoppey

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Paperback
208 pages

Categories

Industrial or vocational training

ISBN

9781412955805

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