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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.

Developing a Districtwide Cadre of Coaches: The Story of Lauren, Professional Development Director
Developing a districtwide cadre of coaches: The story of Lauren, professional development director

To invest in coaching, an expensive intervention, without the foresight to have someone working closely with coaches may be shortsighted on the district's part. One way that districts can support coaches is by identifying a coach “champion.” The coach champion may be someone with other responsibilities such as a director of curriculum or professional development … The coach champion is the guardian of the coaching program to ensure that teachers and students receive the maximum benefit from coaches’ work.

—Killion and Harrison (2006, pp. 111–112)

Lauren had just been appointed head of professional development of a large urban school district. For the ...

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