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Educators as Learners Creating a Professional Learning Community in Your School by Penelope J. Waldand and Michael S. Castleberry pdf

Educators as Learners Creating a Professional Learning Community in Your School by Penelope J. Waldand and Michael S. Castleberry pdf free download. Books don’t just appear. Human desires and aspirations are forces that contribute to creating a book. This book resulted from several intersecting forces. First was the desire to bring into being a schoolcentered, future-focused change model for schools. In this change model, the protagonists are members of the school community—parents, teachers, specialists, children, and administrators. The direction of change is future oriented, with all members contributing to the explanation of who they are as a community, who they want to become, and how they can grow together.

Educators as Learners Creating a Professional Learning Community in Your School by Penelope J. Waldand and Michael S. Castleberry pdf

A second force was the desire to reframe “learning” in our schools. Learning has long been the province of children in schools, yet we know that learning is as important to the life of a teacher as it is to the life of a student. If schools are to thrive in the 21st century, everyone in the schoolhouse must be a learner. Learning goes hand in hand with change, yet all too often schools are asked to change without giving staff the opportunity to learn. The third desire was to offer a vehicle for educators to experience their passion for and love of teaching.

Educators as Learners Creating a Professional Learning Community in Your School by Penelope J. Waldand and Michael S. Castleberry pdf

Teaching is a profession of the heart. It arises from a deep calling to make a difference in the lives of children. But passions can subside and fires grow cold, especially in a climate where education has become the scapegoat for the ills of society. Michael Fullan, a well-known school reform activist, suggests that it is currently a bleak time in the field of education. He states, “Anyone who spends time in public schools can feel the growing, deepening malaise among educators, whether it stems from a sense on the part of teachers that the public and the government do not care about them or from an overwhelming sense of despair that the problems are insurmountable and worsening” (1997, p. 217). We need a process that renews and empowers teachers in their work.

Educators as Learners Creating a Professional Learning Community in Your School by Penelope J. Waldand and Michael S. Castleberry pdf

Finally, we hope that the collaborative learning process will stimulate the ability of school communities to hear and act on the multiple perspectives of teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, parents, and administrators. And out of this dialogue, new knowledge and practices will emerge that embrace the diversity of all the children attending our schools. In this book, we describe an emergent model of professional development—a model where learning becomes a way of life for educators as well as children; where collaboration among teachers, parents, and administrators is key to creating positive results for all children; and where leadership relies on vision, values, and relationships.

Educators as Learners Creating a Professional Learning Community in Your School by Penelope J. Waldand and Michael S. Castleberry pdf

Professional development vii literature reports the positive effect of professional learning communities on teacher resiliency and student learning. Yet knowledge about how to support the emergence of professional learning communities is rudimentary. This book offers a beginning theoretical framework and practical guidance for thinking about why and how to build professional learning communities in schools. 

Educators as Learners Creating a Professional Learning Community in Your School by Penelope J. Waldand and Michael S. Castleberry pdf

Educators as Learners Creating a Professional Learning Community in Your School by Penelope J. Waldand and Michael S. Castleberry pdf

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