ERIC Number: ED495050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Transformational Professional Learning, April 2004
National Staff Development Council
"Transformational Professional Learning" is a periodically published e-newsletter designed to influence what educational leaders think, say, and do to improve teaching and learning by promoting deep understanding of important issues, the transformation of beliefs and assumptions, and a stream of powerful goal-focused actions. There are two articles in this issue. In "'Rankism' Must Be Expelled from School," Dennis Sparks, National Staff Development Council (NSDC) Executive Director, writes that rankism undermines human dignity and the ability of all individuals to make important contributions to larger purposes. He asserts it has a pernicious effect on professional learning and collaboration in schools. In the second article, "Support Your Local Teacher," Sparks writes that high-quality professional development and a supportive work environment sustains teachers throughout their careers, which also benefits their students and the school systems in which they teach. In both articles he tells the reader how to: examine one's own assumptions about the issue; deepen one's understanding of the issue; and engage in next action thinking relating to the issue.
Descriptors: Work Environment, Human Dignity, Faculty Development, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Collaboration, Teaching Conditions, Power Structure, Academic Rank (Professional), Employment Level
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Staff Development Council, Oxford, OH.