This book proposes that high standards for student learning require support for student motivation. Further, to support student motivation, it is necessary to have awareness of and respect for cultural diversity. The book is also grounded in an important corollary principle: for teachers to support student motivation to learn, they need professional learning experiences that create the same motivational conditions for learning that they can use to inspire their students. Motivated teachers tend to have motivated students. To accomplish this, the author provides a set of professional learning practices to help educators develop a continuous and collaborative focus on instruction: professional development that is designed to be inclusive and meaningful, to foster a positive attitude, and to enhance teacher effectiveness can positively influence student achievement. The professional learning practices in this book focus attention on knowing students well, designing lessons with students in mind, and using data to improve instruction. They can be used with most instructional frameworks.
"In the book Transformative Professional Learning, Margery Ginsberg and colleagues get at the heart of student and teacher motivation. Rather than defaulting to a simple list of strategies that might more readily capture students' attention in the short term, they provide a comprehensive, research- and theory-based approach. If taken seriously, this book has the potential of transforming how we teach and why we teach." -- Robert J. Marzano, CEO
"Margery Ginsberg pragmatically illustrates how teachers can learn from and support students' rich linguistic and ethnic diversity through inquiry and reflective practice. Educators seeking to enhance student motivation and learning will find this book an invaluable resource." -- Rito Martinez, Senior Leadership Coach
"This book offers engaging designs for collaborative learning through authentic experiences and supports communities of educators as they stretch their understanding of students and instruction." -- Joellen Killion, Deputy Executive Director
"Given the presence of instructional expertise, Gnisberg's book is a highly user-friendly, practical guide for school professionals. The guidance can help educators successfully engage our most disaffected and disempowered students." -- Kyle Kinoshita, Ed. D. * The WERA Educational Journal *
Below is the riveting review from Robert J. Dickey:
-- Robert J. Dickey, Columnist"Ginsberg's Transformative Professional Learning is a highly user-friendly, practical guide for school professionals. Thoughtfully used, the strategies can be a powerful factor in 'unlearning' destructive beliefs and practices which for so long have led to unconscionable outcomes. Most importantly, the guidance can help educators successfully engage our most disaffected and disempowered students. In this manner, we can make a difference with those who have been the most impacted by historical racism and injustice, and help them take their rightful place in our 21st century society."
-- The WERA Education Journal
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the Authors1. Transformative Professional Development in Culturally Diverse Classrooms2. The Motivational Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching3. Shadowing Students to Stimulate and Enrich Teacher Knowledge4. Creating Transformative and Culturally Responsive Learning Through Home Visits5. Creating Transformative Learning Through Collaborative Lesson Design and Reflective Group Work6. Using Data to Improve Student LearningResourcesReferencesIndex