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Chapter 6: Powerful Professional Learning for Adults
The biggest effect on student learning occurs when teachers become learners of their own teaching, and when students become their own teachers.
It is difficult for us as educators to admit we struggle to define something as basic as effective professional development that improves our teaching practices and results in increased student learning. We have all personally experienced different models or types of staff training, probably been coached and mentored at some time in our careers, and most likely participated in one or more professional learning communities designed to support our work with students. The findings from research do little to help us describe the elusiveness of what separates truly engaging, meaningful, and sustainable professional learning ...