Professional Learning in Action

An Inquiry Approach for Teachers of Literacy

Author: Victoria J. Risko,MaryEllen Vogt

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807775010

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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Risko and Vogt provide a unique and progressive approach for engaging the professional learning of teachers of literacy, reading specialists, literacy coaches and instructional leaders, content specialists, and administrators. Their deliberate use of Professional Learning signals the importance of educators engaging in authentic and inquiry-based decision-making. They describe and provide examples of needs assessments and progress monitoring activities that are embedded within differentiated professional learning activities, such as book clubs, lesson study, family literacy groups, and peer and literacy coaching. Actions and decisions are directed by questions generated by teachers, coaches, and administrators as they engage in collaborative and self-directed efforts to advance their knowledge and resolve dilemmas that impact instruction and students’ learning. Book Features: Provides authentic examples for implementing professional learning (PL) that addresses and resolves authentic dilemmas educators and students face.Synthesizes current research on effective professional learning with a literacy emphasis.Describes evidence-based and differentiated professional learning opportunities that engage instructional changes that are situated within meaningful and school-based applications.Advances knowledge about applications of professional learning that is collaborative, substantive, situated, dynamic, intense, and personal. Makes explicit connections to Common Core and similar State standards-based instruction.Includes reflection and self-study questions at the end of each chapter. “Professional Learning in Action will help close the ‘knowing/doing’ gap.... [The authors] have developed a systematic way to ensure that teachers are members of collaborating learning groups that harness the power of collective teacher efficacy.” —From the Foreword by Douglas Fisher, professor of educational leadership, San Diego State University “A must-read for educators involved in supporting high-quality literacy teaching. Current research about the importance of job-embedded, authentic professional learning serves as the foundation for the many practical ideas in this book.” —Rita M. Bean, professor emerita, University of Pittsburgh “This book will make a compelling contribution as a guiding resource for teachers and for those who support teachers' professional learning. It is focused on the needs of adult learners, respectful of teachers’ knowledge, and responsive to dynamic changes in educational standards.” —Maryann Mraz, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Students With Interrupted Formal Education

Bridging Where They Are and What They Need

Author: Brenda Custodio,Judith B. O'Loughlin

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506359663

Category: Education

Page: 152

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New hope for our most vulnerable English learners “One of the guiding principles of effective English language teaching is for educators to know their students. And that in a nutshell captures the value of this book. . . . The compassion that Custodio and O’Loughlin feel for our SIFE students, the commitment they have to educating them well, and the comprehension they have of the assets these learners bring to the classroom are evident in the writing, tools, and vignettes they share.” -Deborah J. Short Under the best of circumstances, the academic demands of today’s classrooms can be daunting to our English learners. But for the tens of thousands of newly arrived students with interrupted formal education, even the social challenges can be outright overwhelming. Rely on this all-in-one guide from Brenda Custodio and Judith O’Loughlin for expert insight on how to build the skills these students need for success in school and beyond. Inside you’ll find Essential background on factors leading to interrupted education Specific focus on refugee children and Latino immigrants Guidance on building internal resilience for long-term social and emotional health Recommendations for creating supportive environments at the classroom, school, and district level About one thing, Brenda and Judith are absolutely convinced: our SIFE students can learn and make progress, often at a remarkable speed. But it’s up to us, their educators, to provide the time, attention, and a specific focus. Consider this book your first step forward.

Dialects at School

Educating Linguistically Diverse Students

Author: Jeffrey Reaser,Carolyn Temple Adger,Walt Wolfram,Donna Christian

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317678974

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

View: 7006


Like its predecessor, Dialects in Schools and Communities, this book illuminates major language-related issues that educational practitioners confront, such as responding to dialect related features in students’ speech and writing, teaching Standard English, teaching students about dialects, and distinguishing dialect difference from language disorders. It approaches these issues from a practical perspective rooted in sociolinguistic research, with a focus on the research base for accommodating dialect differences in schools. Expanded coverage includes research on teaching and learning and attention to English language learners. All chapters include essential information about language variation, language attitudes, and principles of handling dialect differences in schools; classroom-based samples illustrating the application of these principles; and an annotated resources list for further reading. The text is supported by a Companion Website ( providing additional resources including activities, discussion questions, and audio/visual enhancements that illustrate important information and/or pedagogical approaches. Comprehensive and authoritative, Dialects at School reflects both the relevant research bases in linguistics and education and educational practices concerning language variation. The problems and examples included are authentic, coming from the authors’ own research, observations and interactions in public school classrooms, and feedback in workshops. Highlights include chapters on oral language and reading and writing in dialectally diverse classrooms, as well as a chapter on language awareness for students, offering a clear and compelling overview of how teachers can inspire students to learn more about language variation, including their own community language patterns. An inventory of dialect features in the Appendix organizes and expands on the structural descriptions presented in the chapters.

Educational Psychology

Windows on Classrooms

Author: Paul D. Eggen,Donald P. Kauchak

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780131724488

Category: Education

Page: 605

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For courses in Introduction to Educational Psychology.Long recognized as very applied and practical, Eggen and Kauchak's Educational Psychology: Windows on Classrooms, seventh edition is now even more applied and concise, giving students exactly what they need to know in the course. The author's hallmark cases remain, in both written and videotape format, to introduce real-world applications in a way that no other text can. Along with expanded applications to diversity (urban, suburban, and rural areas), technology, and a new pedagogical system that completely restructures how information is delivered in the book and will help students really understand what they should be getting out of every single chapter. The text now comes with two new DVDs of video material and an access code for the new Teacher Prep Website that will be automatically shrinkwrapped with all new copies of the text. Educational Psychology: Windows on Classrooms once again truly fulfills the promise of its title, giving students a "window" on the classrooms in which they will someday teach.