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ERIC Number: ED495559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-12
Pages: 248
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7619-3966-5
Helping Teachers Learn: Principal Leadership for Adult Growth and Development
Drago-Severson, Eleanor
Corwin Press
How can a principal create opportunities for teacher learning that really work to support teachers with different needs and preferences? There is wide agreement that the best teacher development is informal, diverse, democratic, school-based, and continuous. The best programs ignite and sustain teachers' excitement in learning, growing, and changing their classroom practices. Drago-Severson presents case studies from 25 diverse schools across the U.S. and examines strategies that help shape a school climate of teacher support, growth, and learning. In addition, she suggests many creative solutions to secure any resources needed to implement this learning-oriented professional growth model. Concepts covered in this book include: (1) A new model of learning-oriented leadership that can be tailored to particular settings or individuals; (2) Adult learning principles that inform teacher growth and development, and why they are essential to effective teacher development programs; (3) The Four Pillars: teaming, providing leadership roles, engaging in collegial inquiry, and mentoring; and (4) Real-world examples of principals sharing leadership, building community, and managing change. Following a foreword (Susan Moore Johnson) and a preface, this book consists of 11 chapters: (1) Developing A New Model of School Leadership For Teacher Learning; (2) Constructive-Developmental Theory and Adult Development; (3) Principals as Climate Shapers; (4) The Impact of Financial Resources on Support for Teacher Learning; (5) Teaming: Learning Opportunities for Individuals and Organizations; (6) Providing Leadership Roles: Opportunities for Leadership and Learning; (7) Collegial Inquiry: A Practice for Talking and Thinking about Practice; (8) Mentoring: A Powerful Means of Facilitating Learning; (9) Bringing It All Together: A Case of Learning-Oriented Leadership in Action; (10) Leadership for Learning's Well-Spring: Self-Renewal through Reflective Practice; and (11) Leading in the 21st Century: New Opportunities for Learning. Also included are: an epilogue; a glossary; a list of references; and an index.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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