Connect inquiry to improved teaching and learning across your district!
Now that federal and state initiatives require school districts to provide job-embedded professional development, the next step is making it happen. This book helps districts define, develop, and implement a systematic inquiry-based process with a laser-like focus on both adult and student learning. This book�s inquiry model challenges educators and students to: Define questions they are passionate about exploring; Collect and analyze data to inform their questions; Share what they have learned through the process with others; Collaborate to build on their results and improve student achievement
The authors' award-winning school improvement program, featured in the text, offers a fresh look at how to improve the quality of teaching and learning across a district. Administrators, teachers, and students will find an invaluable road map for tackling real-world challenges and taking control of their own learning.
Chapter 1: The Principal Professional Learning Community
The Principal Professional Learning Community
Principal inquiry is a process that allows me to do three things I need and like to do but rarely make time for: be a reflective practitioner, work with a true professional learning community, and model instructional leadership.
Building a successful, powerful, systemwide professional development program must begin with a focus on administration. In order for teachers to experience powerful professional development at the building level, principals must understand and know what powerful job-embedded learning through inquiry looks and feels like. Yet, according to Roland Barth (2001),
Professional development for principals has been described as a “wasteland.” Principals take assorted courses at universities, attend episodic inservice activities within their school systems, and struggle ...