Schools as Professional Learning Communities

Schools as Professional Learning Communities : Collaborative Activities and Strategies for Professional Development


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This resource for leaders of professional learning communities examines the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to work effectively with teachers, parents, administrators, students, and their school community members at large. "Schools as Professional Learning Communities, Second Edition" is a one-stop sourcebook for building a learning community, presents research-based activities and strategies that offer ongoing support for teachers. All activities are appropriate for use with study groups or school leadership teams as they seek to build their learning communities. Leaders will be able to offer teachers meaningful opportunities to meet, discuss, and work together to build and strengthen their understandings about teaching and learning and improve learning experiences for all students. In this new edition, the authors have added: A Making it Work! activities section within each chapter to help teachers reexamine their educational beliefs and assumptions that guide their behaviour; The School Improvement Framework for Learning Community Schools; a discussion of new strategies for classroom observation; and, New information on e-portfolios, coaching, the importance of emotional intelligence, and the impact of No Child Left Behind

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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 17.78mm | 521.63g
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • Corwin Press Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1412968941
  • 9781412968942
  • 147,617

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Author Information

Sylvia M. Roberts heads programs in educational administration and supervision at the City College of New York, teaching graduate coursework in educational administration and supervision. Roberts has also taught in middle school and served as consultant and facilitator in numerous school districts. Eunice Z. Pruitt is currently an educational consultant and director of professional development for Corn Associates, helping schools align their curriculum and assessment practices with state core curriculum standards. As well as teaching and serving as principal in elementary schools, Pruitt has also taught graduate courses at the City University of New York in leadership, educational planning, and systems problem solving.

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"Brings a completely different philosophy of schools to the forefront and provides specific strategies and activities that promote the school as a learning community with student learning as a focus." -- Sharon Neff, Technology and Literacy Specialist "An excellent resource for teacher leaders, administrators, or mentors as a tool for establishing useful collaboration. There are specific examples and tips that can be applied to collaborative groups." -- Kandace Klenz, Literacy Teacher "Roberts and Pruitt offer practical advice to educators who seek to address one of the greatest obstacles to creating effective schools: how to get school staff to collaborate and learn from each other. Their insights and suggestions are smart, useful, and demonstrate a genuine understanding of how schools work." -- Pedro A. Noguera, Executive Director "The wealth of ideas and information leads readers to make their own deductions and formulate their own vision and mission. This is an important step toward school improvement. The book is also very practical and has excellent examples." -- Lyndon Oswald, Principal "The case studies, examples, and references to additional sources of information such as Web sites make this an excellent study guide and reference work for leaders who are engaged in the difficult task of building learning communities." -- Max Skidmore, Academic Professional "Provides aspiring educational leaders with the tools they need to build learning communities among school teachers. The activities are not only creative but allow for the development of complex skills critical to leading and transforming contemporary schools. This is a must-read book for those looking for school-based professional development activities and for those preparing leaders to be change agents in the 21st century." -- Hazel M. Carter, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership "Roberts and Pruitt have created a guidebook that those in leadership positions can use to successfully implement the learning community model. The activities included skillfully address the issues that teachers and leaders face as they strive to transform their schools into places where learning opportunities for all can be maximized. This book is a storehouse of information with many practical applications and ideas that can be used by those who are engaged in the school improvement process." -- Linnea Weiland, Department Chair and Associate Professor

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