The Reflective Educator's Guide to Professional Development; Coaching Inquiry-Oriented Learning Communities

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-01
  • Publisher: Corwin Pr
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Powerful tools for facilitating teachersÆ professional development and optimizing school improvement efforts! This step-by-step guide presents specific strategies for coaches who work with professional learning communities (PLCs) that practice action research, better known as 'inquiry-oriented PLCs.' This resource illustrates how incorporating action research can significantly influence professional development practices and provides coaches with lessons learned from facilitators of inquiry-oriented PLCs. This research-based book also offers: The 10 essential elements for a healthy PLCSample inquiry projects and case studies of actual inquiry-based PLCs12 lessons to help good coaches become great coachesReflection prompts in each chapter for study groups

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
About the Authorsp. xix
Facilitating the Professional Development of Others: The Role of Action Research and Professional Learning Communitiesp. 1
What Constitutes Powerful Professional Development?p. 2
What Is Action Research?p. 4
What Are PLCs?p. 7
How Can Action Research and PLCs Become the Dynamic Duo?p. 10
What's in a Name? The Importance of Clarifying Languagep. 13
What Might an Inquiry-Oriented PLC Look Like?p. 17
Establishing and Maintaining a Healthy Inquiry-Oriented PLCp. 21
Ten Essential Elements of Healthy Inquiry-Oriented PLCsp. 23
Assessing the Health of Your PLCp. 49
Using Action Research to Advance Inquiry-Oriented PLC Workp. 51
Helping PLC Members Locate a Wonderingp. 53
The Wondering Playgroundp. 54
The Wondering Litmus Testp. 61
Looking Across the Litmus Test Questions and Storiesp. 84
Passion Profilesp. 91
Helping PLC Members Develop an Action Research Planp. 95
Facilitating the Development of an Inquiry Brief: The Inquiry-Planning Meetingp. 98
The Inquiry Brief Litmus Testp. 104
Helping PLC Members Analyze Datap. 113
Data Analysis for the Action Researcher: A Reviewp. 116
Coaching Analysis: The Data Analysis Meetingp. 122
Helping PLC Members Share Their Work With Othersp. 135
The Importance of Sharing: A Reviewp. 137
Creating a Space and Time for Sharingp. 139
Sharing PLC Inquiry Work With a Larger Audiencep. 145
Four Core Components of Sharingp. 146
Sample Action Research Write-Upp. 149
Sample Professional Development Plan Formp. 156
Lake Butler Showcase Programp. 158
From Good to Great: Lessons Learned in Coaching an Inquiry-Oriented PLCp. 163
One Dozen Lessons for Coaching Inquiry-Oriented PLCsp. 164
Referencesp. 173
Indexp. 179
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