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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.

  1. borneo toad
    October 10, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Are you sure you wrote this review? Don’t tell me the tim. pengarah of IAB also practise plagiarism. If just cut and paste orang punya tulisan, lebih baik you ulas betul2 dalam bm agar kita semua boleh faham. tq.

  2. alamin99
    October 10, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Borneo toad,

    Thank you for the remainder. Actually i read all the books i highlighted in this blog. Frankly speaking, I have limited time to review them comprehensively, so i quoted the best opinion/review that convey the message of the book.

    Anyway, I’ll rectify my mistake. Thank again for the feedback. Keep on visiting my blog and giving comment.

  3. December 26, 2008 at 1:07 am



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