"Paul Bredeson's application of architecture's principles of function, structure, and beauty to professional development policies and processes offers a unique and highly stimulating perspective sure to alter the thinking and work of researchers and practitioners alike. Creating artful designs for learning with structural integrity that appropriately meet the needs of educators and the students they teach should be the concern of professional developers at all levels."
Thomas R. Guskey, Professor
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Experience a new paradigm for improving professional practice and career long growth!
Redesign your professional development model to better reflect the relevant issues and realities of today's schools. Designs for Learning will help you guide your staff through the increasing pressures and demands they face daily. By following the steps in this book, your staff will experience enriched learning opportunities that support improved practice.
Using the metaphor of architecture, this landmark book outlines innovative ways to create and implement such a transformation, and highlights the rationale behind why these changes are so crucial. This insightful guide also offers straightforward explanations of the past, present, and future of professional development programs.
Some of the visionary highlights are:
- A discussion of the six design themes and three essential components for effective professional development
- Explanations of the design features that foster successful learning environments
- An in-depth exploration into the five central elements that maximize professional development and shape its new paradigm
- Practical tools and strategies for planning, implementing, and evaluating professional learning in and beyond school
- Designs for aligning professional development, school improvement, and student learning