Talk About Teaching!: Leading Professional Conversations

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Charlotte Danielson
SAGE Publications, Jan 8, 2009 - Education - 160 pages

Help teachers improve their practice by holding rewarding professional conversations!

This breakthrough work from renowned educator Charlotte Danielson helps school leaders understand the value of reflective, informal professional conversations in promoting a positive environment of inquiry, support, and teacher development. Organized around the “big ideas” of successful teaching, this guidebook:

  • Explains the critical function of informal professional conversations in ongoing teacher learning
  • Explores the interaction of power and leadership in schools
  • Outlines the conversation skills that school leaders need to initiate and engage in successful conversations
  • Includes “mental maps,” sample topics, and conversation activities

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About the author (2009)

Charlotte Danielson, a former economist, is an internationally-recognized expert in the area of teacher effectiveness, specializing in the design of teacher evaluation systems that, while ensuring teacher quality, also promote professional learning. She advises State Education Departments and National Ministries and Departments of Education, both in the United States and overseas. She is in demand as a keynote speaker at national and international conferences, and as a policy consultant to legislatures and administrative bodies.

Ms Danielson is a graduate of Cornell University (history), Oxford University (philosophy, politics, and economics) and Rutgers University (educational administration and supervision.) She has taught at all levels, kindergarten through university), and has worked as a curriculum director and staff development director, and is the founder of The Danielson Group. Her Framework for Teaching has become the most widely-used definition of teaching in the United States, and has been adopted as the single model, or one of several approved models, in over 20 states.

Ms. Danielson's many publications range from defining good teaching ("Enhancing Professional Practice: a framework for teaching," 2007), to organizing schools for student success ("Enhancing Student Achievement: a framework for school improvement," 2002), to teacher leadership ("Teacher Leadership that Strengthens the Profession," 2006), to professional conversations ("Talk about Teaching! Conducting Professional Conversations," 2009), to numerous practical instruments and training programs (both onsite and online) to assist practitioners in implementing her ideas.

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