Prepare education leaders to support adult professional growth with this comprehensive guide!

Supporting adult professional development—or capacity building—is a challenge in today's high-accountability atmosphere, especially with new teacher and principal evaluations. Help prepare leaders to nurture human potential and build internal capacities with this one-of-a-kind resource. Through the authors' practical advice, you'll learn to: Employ practices that support leadership development in your schools and districts; Teach on-the-ground applications for effective professional learning initiatives; Design and implement action plans based on Four Pillar Practices for Growth that comprise a learning-oriented model of school leadership: Teaming, Providing Leadership Roles, Collegial Inquiry, and Mentoring with Developmental Intentionality; Help leaders bridge theory and practice with first-hand case study analyses

If you want to improve student achievement, then make schools and districts havens for learning for both students and educators with this comprehensive, highly adaptable, and accessible resource!

“Ellie Drago-Severson is one of our most insightful experts on the development of adult educational leaders. She is unique in her ability to move back and forth comfortably between powerful ideas and promising practices.”

—Howard Gardner, Professor of Cognition and Education

Harvard University

“This is not another book about education reform to be read and cast aside—this is a book to be savored. It contributes profoundly to our understanding about how adults learn, the differences in the ways that adults learn, and how we can support and challenge adults as continuous learners within the context of the school day.”

—Deanna Burney, Executive Director

Leading by Learning, LLC

“Can those who teach in and lead our schools dramatically improve the development of their students without a new commitment to their own ongoing development? Drago-Severson and her co-authors think not. But more than this, they provide an expansively intelligent, intensely practical, research-based route to realizing this new commitment.”

—Robert G. Kegan, Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development

Harvard Graduate School of Education

A Close-Up on Constructive-Developmental Theory: Using Theory to Guide Adult Learning in Schools, Districts, and University Preparation Programs

A Close-Up on Constructive-Developmental Theory: Using Theory to Guide Adult Learning in Schools, Districts, and University Preparation Programs

A close-up on constructive-developmental theory: Using theory to guide adult learning in schools, districts, and university preparation programs

Introduction and Overview

In this chapter, we offer a detailed discussion of Harvard psychologist Robert Kegan's constructive-developmental theory to further illuminate the developmental underpinnings of the Leadership for Transformational Learning (LTL) course model, the pillar practice for growth that are informed by this theory, and also to illuminate the great hopefulness of understanding and applying this theory and related practices in your leadership. As you know, adults' different ways of knowing have implications for the different kinds of supports and challenges we need to offer in any teaching, leading, or professional ...

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