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Helping Teachers Learn : Principal Leadership for Adult Growth and Development - Eleanor Drago-Severson

Helping Teachers Learn

Principal Leadership for Adult Growth and Development

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Helping Teachers Learn presents a model of principal leadership that applies adult learning principals to school-based leadership practices in support of teacher development. This book is grounded on years of research. These novel findings explain how principals can better understand their leadership practices and how to implement them effectively within their particular school contexts. A continuum of four critical initiatives to support teacher development and reflection is discussed throughout the book. A continuing professional development model that includes both developing teachers as well as an underlying self-development emphasis for the principal is addressed and applied to the adult learning and development professional model.

"Drago-Severson has created an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to learn how to be a school's `principal adult educator.'" -- Robert Kegan, Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development
"Helping Teachers Learn is a remarkably ambitious and comprehensive work that describes how principals may effectively exercise leadership in support of teacher learning within schools. The book is an extraordinary treasure chest of real world examples, insights, and uncommon sense." -- Richard H. Ackerman
"Helping Teachers Learn addresses an extremely important theme--the developmental aspects of teacher learning and how principals can support them. The framework is new and generative." -- Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair, Lynch School of Education
"Teaching can be a very isolating profession. In the midst of the many constraints and pressures inherent in education today, there exist some distinctive messages of hope. Helping Teachers Learn focuses on some of the best practices found in a broad spectrum of schools--public, independent and parochial. Drago-Severson's important research points the way to greater reflective practice, personal growth and professional satisfaction." -- Joe Marchese, Dean of Faculty
"Drago-Severson masterfully weaves voices of experience with practical strategies and theoretical underpinnings to illustrate the viability and necessity of adult learning in schools. As a novice principal in a low resource urban charter school, I have a renewed hope that this work is indeed possible." -- Jed F. Lippard, Director
"Strategies and case studies combine to provide principals with a leadership model to help enhance teacher development." -- Educational Research Services' ERS Bulletin, June 2004

Foreword
Preface
About Professional Development
School Leadership
Organization of the Book
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Developing A New Model of School Leadership For Teacher Learning
The Study
Origins of This Work
Methods
A New Model of Learning-Oriented School Leadership
Chapter Summary
Reflective Questions
Constructive-Developmental Theory and Adult Development
About Transformational Learning
Kegan's Constructive-Developmental Theory
Chapter Summary
Reflective Questions
Principals as Climate Shapers
Lessons From Current Research
The Core Principles That Ground Leadership Approaches
Chapter Summary
Reflective Questions
The Impact of Financial Resources on Support for Teacher Learning
Challenges Posed by Limited Financial Resources
Creative Strategies for Coping with Limited Financial Resources
Chapter Summary
Reflective Questions
Teaming: Learning Opportunities for Individuals and Organizations
About Teaming
Why Principals Support Teaming
Examples of Principals' Use of Teaming
A Contextualized Case: A Cross-Functional Team of Teachers, Administrators, and Staff
Chapter Summary
Reflective Questions
Providing Leadership Roles: Opportunities for Leadership and Learning
About Leadership Roles
Why Principals Want to Provide Teachers With Leadership Roles
Examples of Providing Leadership Roles
A Case Study: Shared Leadership - Peter's Story
Chapter Summary
Reflective Questions
Collegial Inquiry: A Practice for Talking and Thinking About Practice
About Collegial Inquiry and Reflective Practice
What Principals Like About Collegial Inquiry
Examples of Principals' Use of Collegial Inquiry
Developmental Benefits of Collegial Inquiry
A Case: Using Collegial Inquiry in Collaborative Goal Setting and Evaluation
Chapter Summary
Reflective Questions
Mentoring: A Powerful Means of Facilitating Learning
About Mentoring
What Principals Like About Mentoring
Examples of Mentoring
A Case Study: An Exemplary Mentoring Program
Chapter Summary
Reflective Questions
Bringing It All Together: A Case of Learning-Oriented Leadership in Action
The Self-Study Evaluation
Chapter Summary
Reflective Questions
Leadership for Learning's Well-Spring: Self-Renewal through Reflective Practice
Principal Renewal: Rejuvenation Through Reflective Practice
Chapter Summary
Reflective Questions
Leading in the 21st Century: New Opportunities for Learning
Review of Challenges to a Climate Suppportive of Teacher Learning
Implications of the New Learning-Oriented Model of Leadership
Frequently Asked Questions
Stepping Forward: New Beginnings for Leaders of Transformational Learning
Epilogue
Glossary
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780761939672
ISBN-10: 0761939679
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 12th March 2004
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45