Mathematics and Science for a Change (Print eBook Bundle) by Iris
Mathematics and Science for a Change (Print eBook Bundle)
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Mathematics and Science for a Change (Print eBook Bundle)

How to Design, Implement, and Sustain High-Quality Professional Development

By Iris R. Weiss, Joan D. Pasley
Foreword by Barbara Miller

Filled with advice and strategies, Mathematics and Science for a Change collects the wisdom of successful initiatives across the country into one concise guide to making successful change, helping you meet the most important objective of any change program: helping students learn mathematics and science better.

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Take advantage of what this volume offers. You will be in a better position to make well-informed decisions because you will be able to see the full sweep of what constitutes quality professional development for mathematics and science teachers.
—Barbara Miller
Education Development Center, Inc.
 
You’ve decided it’s time for something different. A new way to teach mathematics and science that supports higher achievement in all students. And that means rethinking how you provide teacher professional development. Sounds like a tough task, but you’ve got a guide to doing it right. Mathematics and Science for a Change collects the wisdom of successful initiatives into one concise guide to making successful change.
 
Mathematics and Science for a Changedescribes the lessons learned by effective National Science Foundation–funded Local Systemic Change programs. Iris Weiss and Joan Pasley support your initiative with key practices drawn from a careful examination of more than ten years of case histories and data. With their observations, you’ll:
  • lay the groundwork for change by diagnosing your building or district needs and establishing a vision for high-quality mathematics and science instruction that is consistent with national standards
  • design professional development that achieves your goals by deepening teacher content knowledge, modeling best-practice instruction, and encouraging more productive assessments
  • launch and sustain your professional development model by identifying, preparing, and supporting PD providers then uncovering and nurturing leadership among your staff
  • bolster your improvement effort by enlisting key school or district leaders, partnering with the mathematics and science community outside your system, and engaging the support of parents.
Weiss and Pasley fill Mathematics and Science for a Change with on-the-ground advice and the specific strategies of top initiatives around the country. Everything in their book helps you smoothly meet the most important objective of any change program: helping every student learn mathematics and science better.
 
 

Contents

 

I. The Big Picture: Vision, Goals, and Working with Teachers

  1. Vision and Goal Setting
  2. Professional Development: Setting the Stage

II. Designing Professional Development

  1. Strategic Design
  2. Workshops and Institutes: Designing Intensive Professional Development
  3. Designing Site-Based, Job-Embedded Professional Development

III. Preparing Professional Development Providers

  1. Staffing Workshops and Institutes
  2. Staffing On-Site Professional Development

IV. Building a Supportive System

  1. Measuring and Reporting Progress
  2. Building and Sustaining Support for Mathematics and Science Education Improvement

 

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