For sustained success, educators must commit to their own lifelong improvement.
Commitment to high-quality professional learning is a common aspect of educational systems of the the world's highest-achieving nations. Despite evidence that effective professional learning can be a powerful lever for school improvement, much of the professional development (PD) that is conducted in the United States has had limited impact on teacher practice…
In these pages, John Murray identifies research-based characteristics of effective teacher professional learning, detailing eight strategies for planning and executing professional development programs and evaluating their results. Content includes: The proven “backward” approach to articulating the goals of your PD program; Descriptions of innovative and effective designs for professional learning such as Lesson Study and Instructional Rounds; Powerful approaches to designing and implementing online PD
Packed with templates that make getting started easy, this all-in-one resource will facilitate deep professional learning that truly enhances student achievement.
“This book is one that any teacher or administrator who is involved with leading professional learning and continuous improvement—new to the field or with great experience—would find great value in.”
— Jeff Ronneberg, Superintendent
Spring Lake Park Schools, MN
“This is a critical resource that should be on every education leader's bookshelf. You will be challenged to find another book with so much helpful information on so many important professional development strategies that you can get started on immediately to facilitate real change in your school.”
— John D. Ross, Educational Consultant
Chapter 6: Lesson Study
Lesson study provides a collaborative process for teachers to make sense of educational goals and standards and bring them to life in the classroom.
As part of their collaborative discussions about the gap between where their students are and where they want them to be, a group of high school science teachers have identified “analyzing and interpreting scientific data” as one of their student weaknesses. The science teachers want to learn how to better help their students understand at a deep level how to make accurate, appropriate interpretations and conclusions from scientific data, particularly when the data are reported in the form of charts and graphs.
The six teachers in the department are gathered around the table where they have met weekly over ...