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Professional Development

Dilemmas of Educational Ethics

Cases and Commentaries
Edited by Meira Levinson and Jacob Fay

Educators and policy makers confront challenging questions of ethics, justice, and equity on a regular basis. Should teachers retain a struggling student if it means she will most certainly drop out? Should an assignment plan favor middle-class families if it means strengthening the school system for all? These everyday dilemmas are both utterly ordinary and immensely challenging, yet there are few opportunities and resources to help educators think through the ethical issues at stake.

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Educating English Learners

What Every Classroom Teacher Needs to Know
Joyce W. Nutta, Carine Strebel, Kouider Mokhtari, Florin M. Mihai, and Edwidge Crevecoeur-Bryant

In Educating English Learners, Joyce W. Nutta and her colleagues offer practical tools for helping schools and teachers successfully integrate English learners into mainstream classrooms. Drawing on the One Plus model presented in their award-winning book, Preparing Every Teacher to Reach English Learners, the authors now turn their attention to the needs of K–12 teachers who typically have two or three English learners in their classrooms.

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Helping Educators Grow

Strategies and Practices for Leadership Development
Eleanor Drago-Severson

How can we prepare practicing and aspiring education leaders for the complex, adaptive challenges they face? In Helping Educators Grow, Eleanor Drago-Severson presents a new approach to leadership development.

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Key Elements of Observing Practice

A Data Wise DVD and Facilitator’s Guide
Kathryn Parker Boudett, Elizabeth A. City, and Marcia K. Russell

Based on Data Wise and Data Wise in Action, Key Elements of Observing Practice offers insight into one of the most challenging steps in capturing data about school performance: observing and analyzing instructional practice.

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Meeting Wise

Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators
Kathryn Parker Boudett and Elizabeth A. City

This book, by two editors of Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning, attempts to bring about a fundamental shift in how educators think about the meetings we attend. They make the case that these gatherings are potentially the most important venue where adult and organizational learning can take place in schools, and that making more effective use of this time is the key to increasing student achievement.

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New Teacher Mentoring

Hopes and Promise for Improving Teacher Effectiveness
Ellen Moir, Dara Barlin, Janet Gless, and Jan Miles

In this practical yet visionary book, Ellen Moir and her colleagues at the New Teacher Center review what current research suggests (and doesn’t) about the power of welldesigned mentoring programs to shape teacher and student outcomes.

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Online Professional Development for Teachers

Emerging Models and Methods
Edited by Chris Dede

In Online Professional Development for Teachers, the authors look closely at exemplary online professional development programs, compare them carefully with one another, and draw helpful conclusions about them--both for those who develop online programs and for teachers and administrators in search of professional development programs that make a difference.

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Online Professional Development for Teachers

Emerging Models and Methods
Edited by Chris Dede

In Online Professional Development for Teachers, the authors look closely at exemplary online professional development programs, compare them carefully with one another, and draw helpful conclusions about them--both for those who develop online programs and for teachers and administrators in search of professional development programs that make a difference.

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Strategic Inquiry

Starting Small for Big Results in Education
Nell Scharff Panero and Joan E. Talbert

Strategic Inquiry is an innovative model for promoting teacher collaboration around identifying specific “learning gaps” that keep struggling students from succeeding.

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Teacher Learning in the Digital Age

Online Professional Development in STEM Education
Edited by Chris Dede, Arthur Eisenkraft, Kim Frumin, and Alex Hartley

With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) training, Teacher Learning in the Digital Age examines exemplary models of online and blended teacher professional development, including information on the structure and design of each model, intended audience, and existing research and evaluation data. From video-based courses to just-in-time curriculum support platforms and MOOCs for educators, the cutting-edge initiatives described in these chapters illustrate the broad range of innovative programs that have emerged to support preservice and in-service teachers in formal and informal settings.

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Tell Me So I Can Hear You

A Developmental Approach to Feedback for Educators
Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano

In Tell Me So I Can Hear You, Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano show how education leaders can learn to deliver feedback in a way that strengthens relationships as well as performance and builds the capacity for growth. Drawing on constructive-developmental theory, the authors describe four stages of adult growth and development and explain how to differentiate feedback for colleagues with different “ways of knowing,” which include:

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