Teacher Collaboration for Professional Learning: Facilitating Study, Research, and Inquiry Communities
December 2009, Jossey-Bass
- Advocate for collaborative teacher learning
- Develop and sustain collaborative research groups
- Organize and conduct productive research projects
- Address issues of ethics, leadership, and group dynamics
- Evaluate and sustain collaborative learning activities
Foreword by Janice F. Almasi.
PART 1 Why Support Collaborative Research?
Chapter 1 Improving Teacher Professional Learning.
Chapter 2 Initiating Educational Improvements.
PART 2 Building a Professional Learning Community.
Chapter 3 Understanding the Inquiry Process.
Chapter 4 Getting Started.
Chapter 5 Staying Productive.
PART 3 Collaborating Effectively.
Chapter 6 Ethical Considerations: Improving Group Dynamics.
Chapter 7 Leadership Strategies for Collaborative Support Groups.
PART 4 Model Learning Communities in Action.
Chapter 8 School-Based and Partnership Communities.
Chapter 9 Networking and Online Collaborations.
Chapter 10 A Districtwide Model: The Fairfax County Public Schools Teacher Researcher Network, Contributed by Gail V. Ritchie.
Epilogue: Supporting and Sustaining Professional Collaboration.
Appendix A Tools and Templates.
Stage 1: Getting to Know Invited Members.
Brainstorming Chart: Whom to Invite to the Group.
Stage 2: Sharing Perspectives and Talents.
Tentative Agenda for Meetings.
Roles Signup Sheet.
Stage 3: Supporting Each Other’s Efforts and Learning.
Stage 4: Exploring the Possibilities.
Ongoing Group Evaluation.
Stage 5: Ongoing Conversations.
Appendix B Reflection Questions.
Appendix C Study Group Exercises.
Appendix D Valuable Resources.
Appendix E Teacher Research Survey.
Cynthia A. Lassonde, Ph.D., a former elementary teacher, is associate professor of Elementary Education and Reading at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta. Susan E. Israel, Ph.D., is an independent researcher, writer, and literacy consultant. Lassonde and Israel have written many books and articles on teacher research, teaching and learning, and literacy.
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