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

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Powerful tools for facilitating teachers′ professional development and optimizing school improvement efforts!

Combining professional learning communities (PLCs) and action research, this step-by-step guide provides coaches, workshop leaders, and staff developers with strategies, activities, and tools to develop inquiry-oriented PLCs. The authors present essential elements of a healthy PLC, case studies of inquiry-based PLCs, and lessons learned for improving coaching practices. Sample projects and reflection prompts will help readers:

  • Organize, assess, and maintain high-functioning, inquiry-oriented PLCs
  • Facilitate the development of study questions
  • Enable PLC members to develop, analyze, and share research results
  • Lead successful renewal and reform efforts

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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.

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"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." Author: Bill Osman, Supervisor of Professional Development and Mentoring Published On: 2007-09-17

"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." Author: Gina Segobiano, Superintendent Published On: 2007-09-17

"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." Author: Gail Ritchie, Coleader, Teacher Researcher Network Published On: 2007-09-17

"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." Author: Terry A. Crawley, Coordinator for School Planning and Professional Development Published On: 2007-09-17

"A tool box overflowing with ideas that will help every staff developer craft a school culture hospitable to adult and student learning." Author: Roland S. Barth, Author, Lessons Learned Published On: 2007-10-26

"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." Author: Ellen Meyers, Senior Vice President Published On: 2007-11-01

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