The Educator's Professional Growth Plan; A Process for Developing Staff and Improving Instruction

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2007-07-26
  • Publisher: Corwin Pr
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'Outlines a systematic method that helps professional educators focus their energies on lasting professional growth. Strategies and templates assist teachers in reflecting on their own professional performance, setting their own learning targets, and managing their own progress toward greater professional success' - Scott Estes, Principal Glendale School, East Peoria, IL Recognising that student achievement is intrinsically linked to high-quality teaching, Jodi Peine offers an invaluable guide that helps educational leaders strengthen teachers' instructional practice with an individualised and robust professional development process. The author provides administrators and staff developers with step-by-step guidance for designing, implementing, and sustaining a professional growth plan. Grounded in research at elementary, middle, and high school levels, the process is delivered in manageable sections with reproducible forms for every step. With a refined method that includes formal data analysis, this guidebook: - Demonstrates how participants can develop their own goals and action plans - Provides current terminology and topics for individual growth plan development - Examines steps to take after completing first-generation professional growth plans - Helps redefine school improvement efforts to produce enduring systemic change The Educator's Professional Growth Plan, Second Edition, provides a targeted approach that accommodates the unique needs of individual teachers. Within a supportive context, educators can assume responsibility for their own learning, witness changes in their professional practice, and realise substantive gains in student performance.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments Introduction
Professional Growth: Defining the What, Why, Who, and How What Is Professional Growth?
What Is a Professional Growth Plan?
What Is the Professional Growth Plan Process?
Why Use the Professional Growth Plan Process?
Who Can Use a Growth Plan?
Who Can Lead the Professional Growth Plan Process?
How to Implement the Professional Growth Plan Process Successfully Encouraging New Traditions in Professional Growth
Managing the Professional Growth Plan Process Operational Issues Allocating Resources Available Resources vs. Needs?
A Balancing Act Who Has the Time?
Organizing People, Events, and Information Forms?
How Can They Help?
Introducing the Process to Staff The School Leader as Coach and Advisor
Identifying Areas for Professional Growth
The First of Four Phases Targeting Professional Growth
Conducting a Personal Needs
Assessment Comparing Current Practices to Established Professional
Performance Standards/Best Practice
Research Review and Understand Professional Performance Standards and Best Practices Research
The Self-Assessment Activity Examining Relevant Student Performance
Data Facilitating Data Analysis Linking Practice and Performance
Addressing Deficiencies and Discrepancies Needs
Assessment and the School Leader The Needs
Designing the Professional Growth Plan The Second Phase: Plan Design Guiding the Design Process Establishing Professional Goals Establishing Learner-Centered Goals Can Goals Change?
Establishing the Questions Creating the Essential Question Creating Related Questions Designing an Action Plan Identifying Modes of Documentation Documentation: A Product and a Process Identifying Baseline Data Defining Methods of Evaluation Identifying Resource Needs Choosing a Method for Sharing Results With the Learning Community Finalizing the Growth Plan
Professional Growth Plans in Progress Implementation and Monitoring Monitoring the Process Formal Monitoring: Progress Meetings Informal Monitoring: Listening, Watching, Visiting Deciding What Is Not Working and Why Interim Sharing: What Has Happened so Far?
What Happens If. . . . Preparing for the Final Phase
Completing the Growth Plan Process Plan Evaluation Growth Plan Summary Activities Summarizing the Growth Plan Experience?
What Happened?
The Growth Plan Summary Conference Evaluating Documentation of Professional Growth Sharing With the Learning Community Wrapping Up the Professional Growth Plan Process
The Process Continues Second Generation Plans and Beyond Impediments to the Process Changes in Personnel Inconsistent
Implementation Lack of Administrative Support
The Demands of Compliance Directives and Documentation
The Professional Growth Plan Process Is School Improvement
The School Leader as Mechanic and Change Agent
School Leader Blacklines
Participant Blacklines
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