The Handbook of Leadership and Professional Learning Communities

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This book is the first to integrate the topics of professional development, educational leadership, and social justice. Contributors offer ideas, applications, and resources for helping leaders and educators tackle the challenges of building successful professional learning communities. This wide-ranging text will prove indispensable for any democratically accountable leader committed to organizational change through communities of practice. The book contains four sections: organization and the learning ...

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Overview

This book is the first to integrate the topics of professional development, educational leadership, and social justice. Contributors offer ideas, applications, and resources for helping leaders and educators tackle the challenges of building successful professional learning communities. This wide-ranging text will prove indispensable for any democratically accountable leader committed to organizational change through communities of practice. The book contains four sections: organization and the learning community, democracy and the learning community, technology and the learning community, and mentoring and the learning community. Descriptions of conceptual frameworks are supported by strategies for implementation and success.

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"Dr. Mullen has put together a book that reminds us of the synergy and possibilities found in collaborations dedicated to shared transformational learning. Leadership preparation centered within considerations of social justice and equity mandates such a book as this one. The collective voices in this volume are a thoughtful addition to the libraries of program developers, school leaders, and those committed to preparing them." --Autumn Tooms, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Kent State University

The Handbook of Leadership and Professional Learning Communities expands current literature about professional learning communities. Rather than perspectives by a single author or small team of authors, this edited collection features writings by both university scholars and instructors and K–12 practitioners. Because the contributors have different foci, the resources cited in the various chapters provide readers with a broad literature base, making the book suitable for use in educator preparation programs and practitioner studies. This edited volume is an important – and unique – contribution to the field.”--Tricia Browne-Ferrigno, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Kentucky

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230612389
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol A. Mullen, PhD, is a Professor in and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She specializes in mentorship, leadership, and democracy in both K–12 and higher education settings. Dr. Mullen is editor of Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, a refereed international journal. Her authorships include more than 160 articles, book chapters, and special issues, in addition to 13 other books, most recently Write to the Top! How to be a Prolific Academic (with W. B. Johnson, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and Curriculum Leadership Development: A Guide for Aspiring School Leaders (2007).

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Table of Contents

Introducing Collaborative Communities With Edge and Vitality / Carol A. Mullen
• PART I: ORGANIZATION AND THE LEARNING COMMUNITY
• Understanding Schools as Organizations: Implications for Realizing Professional Learning Communities / Bob L. Johnson, Jr.
• Forming School–University Partnerships to Create Professional Learning Communities That Improve Schools / Leonard R. Goduto, Virginia Doolittle, & Donald Leake
• Developing Professional Learning Communities in a University–Public School Partnership / Robert V. Bullough, Jr. & Steven C. Baugh
• Professional Development Schools: Learning Communities for Leaders and Teachers as Change Agents / Maria Sudeck, Virginia Doolittle, & Peter Rattigan
• Teacher Education is Everybody’s Business: Northern Guilford High School—a Professional Development Community / Carl Lashley, Jewell Cooper, Jessica McCall, Joseph Yeager, & Christine Ricci
• The University Connection: Transformational Learning That Enhances Professional Learning Communities / Sandra Harris, Vicky Farrow, & Hollis Lowery-Moore
• A Vision for Linking Pre-K and Higher Education Through Learning Communities / John R. Hoyle & Timothy M. Kutka
• PART II: DEMOCRACY AND THE LEARNING COMMUNITY
• Forming Culturally Responsive Learning Communities in Demographically Changing Schools / Camille Wilson Cooper, Romy Allen, & Silvia Cristina Bettez
• Transforming the Space of Schools Into Learning Communities: Teacher Leadership as Pedagogy of Democratic Place / Patrick M. Jenlink & Karen Embry Jenlink
• Catalysts and Barriers: Practitioner Concepts of Professional Learning Communities as Democracies in Action / Carol A. Mullen & Sandra Harris
• Faculty of Color Constructing Communities at Predominantly White Institutions / Donyell L Roseboro & C.P. Gause
• Support for Women Leaders: The Visible and the Invisible / Jane H. Applegate, Penelope M. Earley, & Jill Mattuck Tarule
• PART III: TECHNOLOGY AND THE LEARNING COMMUNITY
• Professional Learning Communities and the Culture of Digital Technology: A Philosophic Inquiry / Glenn M. Hudak
• Virtual Learning Communities: Encountering Digital Culture, Politics, and Capital / Roymieco A. Carter & Leila E. Villaverde
• Graduate Students’ and Preservice Teachers’ Electronic Communications in a Community of Practice / Janet C. Richards, Susan V. Bennett, & Kim G. Thomas
• PART IV: MENTORING AND THE LEARNING COMMUNITY
• Leadership in K–12 Learning Communities: Activism and Access Through Inter-Generational Understanding / Dannielle Joy Davis, Lisa Green-Derry, and Jovan Wells
• Facilitating Professional Learning Communities Through Mentor Teacher Preparation / Susan D. Myers & Helenrose Fives
• Peer Learning Communities in Action: Coaching to Improve Preservice Teaching / Caroline R. Pryor & Barbara D. O’Donnell
• Conclusion: Community Change Through Activism: Insights and Lessons / Carol A. Mullen

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