ERIC Number: ED439099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Educators as Learners: Creating a Professional Learning Community in Your School.
Wald, Penelope J., Ed.; Castleberry, Michael S., Ed.
This monograph describes a professional development model that supports educators and families in learning and growing together. It offers a theoretical framework and practical guidance for renewing the capacity of schools to produce positive results for all children. It embraces principles of collegiality, inquiry, learning, and community. Part 1, "Cornerstones," discusses concepts, assumptions, and leadership qualities of an effective school-based staff development model. Part 2, "Process," presents case studies and activities that show how to build professional learning communities. It describes strategies to help teams engage in meaningful dialogue and discovery. It also focuses on the identity of the learning community, the collaborative learning process, the capacity to learn. Part 3, "Tools for Learning," offers practical, field-tested staff development tools that complement the process of building school-based professional learning communities. These tools include: force field analysis; probable and preferred future; affinity; open space; think, pair, share; communication norms for collaborative groups; left-hand column; the pyramid; ground rules; and communication patterns. A glossary of terms is included. (Contains 73 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Collegiality, Cooperative Learning, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Family School Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Teacher Improvement, Teachers, Teamwork
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC.; Fairfax County Schools, VA.
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.
IES Cited: ED558154