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
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“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
“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
Chapter 7: Growing from, Through, and Beyond Obstacles: Leaders' Big Challenges and Their Strategies for Overcoming Them
Growing from, Through, and Beyond Obstacles: Leaders' Big Challenges and Their Strategies for Overcoming Them
Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
Introduction and Overview
It has been said in many ways and by many people—from the ancient Romans to President Theodore Roosevelt—that nothing worth doing comes easily. As you might suspect, this maxim holds true for supporting adult development and learning-oriented leadership as well. While the educational leaders we learned from shared that they implemented, adapted, and invented many meaningful developmental practices drawn from and inspired by the Leadership for Transformational Learning (LTL) course, which we highlighted in Chapters 5 and 6, they also shared ...