Description : Updated Edition of Best Seller! Based on interviews with over 800 teachers, the authors show the transformative effects principals can have on teachers' work both in the classroom and in the wider school setting.
Description : This book calls for moving teachers to the center of decision-making in public schools. It honors teaching and teachers by redefining the role in a democratically organized professional setting. While modern reform employs the language of school restructuring, genuine change that will enhance the status of teachers is not at the top of the agenda. This book recognizes that for authentic empowerment to materialize, the nature of the teaching role must significantly change. At the same time, teacher preparation will also have to be overhauled in order to equip teachers with all that a new status demands. It also proposes that the role of the principal must be dramatically transformed and recommends returning principals to the teaching function as part of their task and places them in greater accountability to the professional teaching staff itself. The book presents a hopeful message that is grounded in a progressive perspective our conservative epoch demands.
Description : A much-needed examination of the impact on teachers and parents of the effort to improve our schools through restructuring, this book looks at professionalization and parent empowerment programs from the ground level rather than from the large-scale policy level. The editor, active in both policy setting and monitoring implementation, approaches the subject with an overarching view that weaves together a set of diverse case studies that examine some of the most notable efforts in this area of school reform. The first section demonstrates the tremendous difficulties involved in attempting to reshape the culture of public school teaching, noting both institutional resistance to change and the personal resistance of the professionals who are, in theory, being empowered through this approach. The second section details the problems of launching parent empowerment opportunities, in a large urban setting, and a contrasting case examines the choice of enrollment option. Here, too, these studies examine the effectiveness of these programs. The conclusion reflects on the opportunities such innovations provide for researchers and assesses the importance of such research in shaping the innovations themselves through evaluations while they are in process.
Description : Ready or not, education has entered the Innovation Age, where it's not about what students know but what they can do with what they know. Teachers can prepare students thrive in the Innovation Age by teaching them at three levels, closing the learning environment gap, and systematically infusing technology. In Learning in the Innovation Age author Sharon "Sam" Sakai-Miller shares her vision for active, constructivist-based learning, infused with innovation skills, which leads to proven student success. In this strategy, students are challenged to cultivate empathetic thinking skills in order to become innovators who can turn knowledge into effective real-world solutions.
Description : Determines the potential of technology to empower teachers and enhance student achievement as it introduces a definitive, comprehensive approach to the use of technology in the classroom.
Description : Contents: Introduction, The Research Problem, Research Design, Data Analysis and Inferences, Summary and Conclusions.
Description : The capacity to reflect – individually and with others – is considered valuable in teacher professional development internationally. In the field of Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, reflective practice has been deemed to be a precious tool at the pre-service level and in the ongoing development of teachers. Despite the importance of teacher reflection, the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Higher Education has tended to overlook this topic and especially its collaborative and emotional elements. This book proposes a new and practical model for engaging teachers in transformational learning through an ‘emotionalized’ version of reflection. More specifically, the Collaborative, Appreciative, Reflective Enquiry (CARE) model represents a guide for teachers who wish to engage in reflective practice alone and with others in an appreciative context. As such, this book will be invaluable to in-service language teachers and teacher educators who are committed to realizing their potential as educators and human beings through growth that only emancipatory reflection and positive emotionality can bring.
Description : BOLD Humility is that secret "it" factor that we look for when trying to discover greatness. It is the balance of confidence and grace. It is wisdom coupled with vulnerability. It is the ability to bravely embrace what you know while being willing to seek support where you need it the most. In this book, Dave takes a look at how educators can embrace BOLD humility to help tap into the greatness inside all of us. By sharing his own struggles coupled with his own successes, Dave paves a path that allows us all to walk away feeling empowered and ready to tackle the challenges that await us all. What we do they do. From designated leaders, to classroom teachers, to students sitting in seats, Dave demonstrates that behaviors are learned by the examples of others and in this book we get a glimpse into the possibilities that exist within our schools when teachers are empowered to empower their students. You can have control or you can have growth, but you can't have both. Let's all embrace our need for a new form of leadership, leadership that is BOLD. Leadership that is humble. Leadership that empowers. Leadership that inspires.