Teacher-centered Professional Development

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ASCD, 2004 - Education - 181 pages
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Teacher-Centered Professional Development is a hands-on guide to collaborative skill building for educators. It introduces the Teacher's Choice Framework, a model that empowers teachers by helping them choose and initiate professional growth activities according to their schedules, strengths, and needs.

The book describes a wide variety of professional development strategies, including mentoring, journal writing, peer-to-peer coaching, and seminars. For each strategy, the author provides:


* A brief history of the research base

* A step-by-step guide to implementing the strategy

* Sample handouts and assessment forms

* Examples from the field of the strategy in practice

With this book, teachers at all levels can quickly learn how to set up development teams, conduct action research, and engage in other activities to further their skills. In addition, the Teacher's Choice Framework helps educators prioritize their needs and choose the strategies that best suit those needs. Teacher-Centered Professional Development offers both a perfect introduction to staff development options and a commonsense method for choosing among them.

  

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Contents

Professional Development Today
1
Establishing a Learning Community
19
Mentoring
46
Collaborative Action Research
58
Peer Coaching
75
Professional Development Through Writing
97
Critical Development Teams
115
Attending Conference and Seminars
128
Sharing Living Theories to Help Others Develop
135
The Administrators Role
152
References
168
Index
177
About the Author
181
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