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Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Data

by Thomas R Guskey, Patricia Roy and Valerie von Frank Corwin Press
Pub Date:
06/2014
ISBN:
9781452291772
Format:
Pbk 128 pages
Price:
AU$54.99 NZ$56.51
Product Status: Not Our Publication - we no longer distribute
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When teachers use data effectively, students see results.

Learning Forward is a leader in understanding and advancing professional learning that leads to student success. This series explores Learning Forward’s seven Standards for Professional Learning, which outline the characteristics of effective professional learning.

In this volume, the authors explore the crucial function of data for designing, implementing, and evaluating professional learning. The book’s features include:


•An original “think piece” by Thomas Guskey on using data in deliberate and thoughtful ways in the context of professional learning
•Specific implementation strategies that focus on analyzing student, educator, and system data and assessing progress
•A detailed case study of one district’s journey to successful use of data and how it led to measurable improvement in student achievement

Learning to collect, analyze and use data is an essential component of professional development. When schools are able to make data work for them, students are the ones who benefit.

Introduction to the Series - Stephanie HirshThe Learning Forward Standards to Professional LearningAbour the Series EditorsAbout the Contributors1. Using Data in Deliberate and Thoughtful Ways - Thomas R. Guskey2. Using Data to Make Professional Learning Decisions - Shirley M. Hord and Patricia Roy3. The Case Study - Valerie von FrankResourcesIndex

"Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning define the essential elements of and conditions for professional learning that leads to changed educator practices and improved student results. They are grounded in the understanding that the ultimate purpose of professional learning is increasing student success. Educator effectiveness – and this includes all educators working in and with school systems, not just teachers – is linked closely to student learning. Therefore increasing the effectiveness of educators is a key lever to school improvement…Reach the Highest Standard is created to be an essential set of tools to help school and system leaders take those steps toward educator effectiveness."

Shirley M. Hord, PhD, is the scholar laureate of Learning Forward (previously National Staff Development Council), following her retirement as Scholar Emerita at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in Austin, Texas. There she directed the Strategies for Increasing Student Success Program. She continues to design and coordinate professional development activities related to educational change and improvement, school leadership, and the creation of professional learning communities. Her early roles as elementary school classroom teacher and university science education faculty at The University of Texas at Austin were followed by her appointment as co-director of Research on the Improvement Process at the Research and Development Center for Teacher Education at The University of Texas at Austin. There she administered and conducted research on school improvement and the role of school leaders in school change. She served as a fellow of the National Center for Effective Schools Research and Development and was U.S. representative to the Foundation for the International School Improvement Project, an international effort that develops research, training, and policy initiatives to support local school improvement practices. In addition to working with educators at all levels across the U.S. and Canada, Hord makes presentations and consults in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Mexico. Her current interests focus on the creation and functioning of educational organizations as learning communities and the role of leaders who serve such organizations. Dr. Hord is the author of numerous articles and books, of which a selection of the most recent are: Implementing Change: Patterns, Principles, and Potholes, 3rd ed (with Gene E. Hall, 2011); Reclaiming Our Teaching Profession: The Power of Educators Learning in Community (with Edward F. Tobia, 2012); A Playbook for Professional Learning: Putting the Standards Into Action (with Stephanie Hirsh, 2012). Dr. Patricia Roy is a Senior Consultant with Learning Forwardas Center for Results. She works with state departments of education, districts, and schools across the United States as well as internationally. Most recently, she developed briefings and a resource guide to help schools use results from the revised Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI2) to improve professional learning. She has authored many articles and chapters on effective professional development, school improvement, innovation configuration maps, and cooperative learning. In her work with Learning Forward, Pat developed professional learning resource toolkits for Georgia; Arkansas; and Rochester, NY. She co-authored with Joellen Killion, Becoming a Learning School and with Stephanie Hirsh, Joellen Killion, and Shirley Hord Standards into Practice: Innovation Configurations for School-Based Roles (2012). For five years, she wrote columns about implementing the Standards for Professional Development for The Learning Principal and The Learning System, two Learning Forward newsletters. She has also served as faculty for Professional Development Leadership Academy through the Arizona Department of Education. This 3-year program developed the knowledge and skills of school and district teams to plan, implement, and evaluate professional learning. She has also served as the Founding Director of the Delaware Professional Development Center in Dover, DE. The Center, developed by the Delaware State Education Association, focused on school improvement for student achievement and effective professional learning. She also served as the Director of the Center for School Change in connection with a National Science Foundation SSI grant, a district coordinator of staff development, and an administrator in a regional educational consortium in Minnesota. Creating and improving professional learning so that it impacts student achievement is one of Patas passions.