Pathways by Marjorie Larner. Charting a Course for Professional Learning
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Pathways

Charting a Course for Professional Learning

By Marjorie Larner
Foreword by Ellin Oliver Keene

    This book will encourage readers to question current practices and provide suggestions for school leaders as they create systemic change. It's definitely a book that will make a difference in the lives of students.
    —Cris Tovani, Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, Colorado, Author of I Read It, But I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers
    Marjorie Larner shares her vast experience with ways to bring professional adults to the table to create a different kind of conversation and more powerful practice. But this is not just about techniques, it's about conviction and passion, which is something teachers need to be looking for in kids, once they reconnect with it in themselves.
    —Deborah Meier, Principal, Mission Hill School, Boston, Massachusetts, Author of The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem
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    This book will encourage readers to question current practices and provide suggestions for school leaders as they create systemic change. It's definitely a book that will make a difference in the lives of students.
    —Cris Tovani, Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, Colorado, Author of I Read It, But I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers
    Marjorie Larner shares her vast experience with ways to bring professional adults to the table to create a different kind of conversation and more powerful practice. But this is not just about techniques, it's about conviction and passion, which is something teachers need to be looking for in kids, once they reconnect with it in themselves.
    —Deborah Meier, Principal, Mission Hill School, Boston, Massachusetts, Author of The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem
    Pathways gives us a thought-provoking and practical blueprint for ongoing school reform. We loved it!
    —Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, Authors of Strategies That Work

In this insightful and hopeful depiction of the pathways that teachers take in their learning, Marjorie Larner addresses the questions heard from teachers and administrators across the country:

  • What does it take to learn and practice most effective instructional strategies?
  • How do we get started and how do we keep learning and improving?
  • How can we get everyone on board?
  • How do we know if it's working?
  • How do we sustain progress and integrate with changing mandates and directives?

From deep and ongoing experiences in all aspects of school life, Larner presents an authentic description of both the broad picture and the specific steps—the struggles, the pathways and the possibilities—leading to ongoing classroom and school improvement. A belief that teachers need to be in charge of their own learning is at the heart of every structure, activity, and proposed plan. Both a philosophical approach and a practical how-to guide, this book is a resource for teachers, administrators, and coaches to make well-informed decisions about their own course of learning with a viable action plan to improve instruction for all children.

 

Contents

1. Underlying Beliefs About Teaching and Learning
2. First Considerations and Steps: Planning for Professional Learning
3. Community Dynamics: Individuals and Their Relationships
4. A Framework for Professional Learning
5. Reflections on Practice
6. Sustaining Progress
7. The Voices of Foster Elementary School
8. Meeting an Outstanding Challenge

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