Helping Teachers Learn
How can you, as a principal, create opportunities for teacher learning that really work to support teachers with different needs and preferences? There is wide agreement that the best teacher development is informal, diverse, democratic, school-based, and continuous.
Helping Teachers Learn will become an essential part of an educational leader’s thinking, learning, and language. Drago-Severson is an excellent writer who masterfully weaves theory into practice. Her attention to and explanation of Bob Kegan’s Constructive-Developmental theory lends clarity, as well as insight into helping adults learn and grow in their professional lives.
As she states in her book, “Growth is an ingenious mix of supports and challenges.” Drago-Severson provides leaders with tools to create various supports and challenges in environments that can and should foster growth. I found that her four pillars, and the new model for learning-oriented school leadership were particularly useful in crafting a faculty professional development plan.
Concepts covered in Helping Teachers Learn include:
- A new model of learning-oriented leadership that can be tailored to particular settings or individuals
- Adult learning principles that inform teacher growth and development, and why they are essential to effective teacher development programs
- The Four Pillars: teaming, providing leadership roles, engaging in collegial inquiry, and mentoring
- Real-world examples of principals sharing leadership, building community, and managing change
Enhance your professional development model to better support teacher growth and development, as well as your own self-development as a principal. – [Customer Reviews from Amazon.com]
This is a must read for any educator who believes in adult growth and professional development.