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Powerful Professional Development

Building Expertise Within the Four Walls of Your School
By: Diane Yendol-Hoppey, Nancy Fichtman Dana

Foreword by Stephanie Hirsh

Draw on and develop the skills of your own faculty to provide effective, job-embedded professional development (PD) that is based on proven strategies and cost-effective PD models.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412979757
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2010
  • Page Count: 200
  • Publication date: February 09, 2010

Price: $39.95



"I love, love, love this book! This smorgasbord of professional development strategies maximizes time and on-site expertise. From the perspective of educators hungry for cost-effective, proven ways to promote ongoing, job-embedded professional learning, this is an à la carte menu for building healthy professional development 'meals' based on specific needs and available resources."
—Gail Ritchie, Instructional Coach
Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

"This book offers a menu of practical, integrated, research-based tools and processes that engage and empower teachers and administrators in co-constructing a powerful form of job-embedded professional development that is relevant, focused, and organic, and allows schools to transform themselves into a self-sustaining learning organization."
—Pedro R. Bermúdez, Professional Development Support
Ready Schools Miami, FL

Achieve effective, on-site teacher development without breaking the budget!

This essential guide to job-embedded staff development helps schools and districts move away from reliance on outside expertise, instead drawing on and developing the experience and skills of their own faculty. The authors provide a complete toolbox of school-based professional development (PD) strategies, with recommendations on which tools to use for different times and settings, guidelines for implementation, and extended examples of each tool in action for a full spectrum of proven, cost-effective PD models, including:

  • Book study and lesson study
  • Action research and professional learning communities
  • Coaching and co-teaching 
  • Webinars, podcasts, Open Space Technology, online communities, and much more

Key features

Included in this volume:

  • Tips on how to make time for professional development (PD) and accomplish effective PD on a curtailed budget
  • Suggestions for matching each PD tool with the specific needs of a school or district
  • Definitions, descriptions, and illustrations of many different job-embedded PD options



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Diane Yendol-Hoppey

Diane Yendol-Hoppey is a professor of education and dean in the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida. Prior to her appointment at the University of North Florida, she served as the associate dean of educator preparation and partnerships at the University of South Florida, director of the Benedum Collaborative at West Virginia University and taught for many years at the University of Florida where she was the evaluator of numerous district, state, and national professional development efforts. Before beginning her work in higher education, Diane spent 13 years as an elementary school teacher in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction from The Pennsylvania State University. Diane’s current work explores national and international research focusing on teacher education clinical practice, job-embedded professional learning, and teacher leadership. Diane received the AERA Division K Early Career Research Award for her ongoing commitment to researching innovative approaches to professional development. She has published six books and over 60 articles in professional journals.

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Nancy Fichtman Dana

Nancy Fichtman Dana is currently professor of education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in Hannibal Central Schools, New York. Since earning her PhD from Florida State University in 1991, she has been a passionate advocate for teacher inquiry and has worked extensively in supporting schools, districts and universities in implementing powerful programs of job-embedded professional development through inquiry across the United States and in several countries, including China, South Korea, Belgium, Portugal, The Netherlands, Slovenia, and Estonia. She has published ten books and over 100 articles in professional journals and edited books focused on her research exploring teacher and principal professional development and practitioner inquiry. Dana has received many honors, including the Association of Teacher Educator’s Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Award and the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) Book of the Year Award, both honoring Dana and Yendol-Hoppey’s work related to practitioner inquiry.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Stephanie Hirsh



About the Authors

Part I. What Is Powerful Job-Embedded Profressional Development, and How Can You Make It Happen?

1. Cultivating Professional Development From Inside the Four Walls of Your School

So What Is Job-Embedded Professional Development?

What Are the Building Blocks for Job-Embedded Professional Development?

An Example: What Did Mrs. Oublier Teach Us About Building Professional Knowledge That Facilitates Change?

Concluding Thoughts

Additional Resources

2. Creating Space and Reconceptualizing Roles for Job-Embedded PD: Building the Back Porch

What Exactly Is a School's Back Porch?

Who Is on the Back Porch? Roles and Responsibilities

What Is a Teacher Leader?

What Is the Role of the Principal?

Concluding Thoughts

Additional Resources

3. Thinking Outside the Clock and Inside the Budget: How to Find Time and Money for Job-Embedded PD

Finding Time

Finding Money

How to Use Time and Money Creatively

An Example: Finding Time and Money for Job-Embedded PD

Concluding Thoughts

Additional Resources

Part II. The Professional Development Toolbox: Strategies to Actualize Powerful Professional Development

4. Book Studies, Webinars, Podcasts, and Online Video Libraries

Definition: Book Study

Definitions: Webinar, Podcasts, and Online Video Library

Illustration: From Book Study to Webinar and Back Again

What Have We Learned?

Some Things to Think About

Additional Resources

5. Research-in-Action and Coteaching

Definition: Research-in-Action

Illustration: Research-in Action

Definition: Coteaching

Illustration: Coteaching?Lead and Support

Illustration: Coteaching?Parallel Teaching

What Have We Learned?

Some Things to Think About

Additional Resources

6. Conversation Tools: Protocols, Open Space Technology, and the Knowledge Cafe

Definition: Conversation Tools

Illustration: Conversation Tools

What Have We Learned?

Some Things to Think About

Additional Resources

7. Lesson Study

Definition: Lesson Study

Illustration: Lesson Study

What Have We Learned?

Some Things to Think About

Additional Resources

8. Teacher Inquiry/Action Research

Definition: Teacher Inquiry/Action Research

Illustration: Teacher Inquiry/Action Research

What Have We Learned?

Some Things to Think About

Additional Resources

9. Coaching Models: Peer, Culturally Responsive, and Content Focused

Definition: Coaching

Illustration: Peer Coaching

Illustration: Culturally Responsive Coaching

Illustration: Content-Focused Coaching

What Have We Learned?

Some Things to Think About

Additional Resources

10. Professional Learning Communities

Definition: Professional Learning Community

Illustration: Inquiry-Oriented PLC

What Have We Learned?

Some Things to Think About

Additional Resources

Part III. Using Your Toolbox: Tips for Developing a Successful Job-Embedded, Professional Development Program

11. Making the Match: Aligning Data and the Right Tools With Your Particular Needs

What Factors Should I Consider in the Matchmaking Process?

Illustration: Sixth-Grade Language Arts Teacher Keisha Wagner

What Is a Theory of Change, Why Do You Need One, and How Do You Get One?

Illustration: Elementary School Teacher Leader Kevin Smith

Tips for Making the Perfect Match for Professional Learning

Concluding Thoughts

12. Effective Professional Development Within Your School Walls: Lessons Learned

Ten Lessons for Making Job-Embedded Professional Development a Success at Your School

Parting Comments

References and Additional Reading




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