Developing Expert Learners: A Roadmap for Growing Confident and Competent Students

Developing Expert Learners: A Roadmap for Growing Confident and Competent Students

by Michael McDowell


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781544337159
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/15/2019
Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael McDowell, Ed.D. is the Superintendent of the Ross School District. Most recently, he served as the Associate Superintendent of Instructional and Personnel Services at the Tamalpais Union High School District. During his tenure, the Tamalpais Union High School District was recognized by the Marzano Research Laboratories as one of the top highly reliable organizations in the United States, and schools within the district received recognitions by the US News and World Report, and honored with California Distinguished Schools accolades.

Prior to his role as a central office administrator, Dr. McDowell served as the Principal of North Tahoe High School, a California Distinguished School. Prior to administration, Dr. McDowell was a leadership and instructional coach for the New Tech Network supporting educators in designing, implementing, and enhancing innovative schools across the country. Before engaging in the nonprofit sector, Dr. McDowell created and implemented an environmental science and biology program at Napa New Technology High School, infusing 1:1 technology, innovative teaching and assessment, and leveraging student voice in the classroom. Additionally, Dr. McDowell, taught middle school math and science in Pacifica, CA.

Dr. McDowell is a national presenter, speaking on instruction, learning, leadership and innovation. He has provided professional development services to large school districts, State Departments of Education, and higher education. In addition, he was a former National Faculty member for the Buck Institute of Education and a key thought leader in the inception of their leadership work in scaling innovation in instructional methodologies. His expertise in design and implementation is complimented by his scholarly approach to leadership, learning, and instruction.

He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Redlands and an Ed.D. from the University of La Verne. He received departmental honors for his work in Environmental Science and was awarded the Tom Fine Creative Leadership Award for his doctoral work at the University of La Verne. He has also completed certification programs through Harvard University, the California Association of School Business Officials, the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, and Cognition Education. He holds both a California single subject teaching credential and an administrative credential.

Table of Contents

List of Online Resources
About the Author
A Teacher’s Perspective
Chapter 1. Guiding Actions for Expertise and Efficacy
The 5Cs: Guiding Actions for Developing Student Expertise
Putting Principles of Expertise Into Practice Successfully
Chapter 2. Conditions for Impact: Creating a Culture of Collective Efficacy
Culture of Learning
Recurring Problems
Defining Efficacy
Evidence of Efficacy
Teaching Strategies for Developing Student Efficacy
Chapter 3. Planning for Impact
Focused Design
Unit Planning: Five Design Steps
Planning Process
Chapter 4. Teaching for Impact
Illuminating the Hidden Understandings of Learners
Establishing Routines
Expertise-Based Strategies
Sequencing Developing Expertise Routines
Chapter 5. Collective Efficacy: Developing Efficacy and Expertise as Professionals
Linking Professional and Student Efficacy
Designing Core Tasks for Professionals to Impact Learning
Creating a Process for Collective Learning Through Teaming
Structuring the Methods for Determining, Discussing, Debating, and Designing Next Steps for Improvement
Conditions for Impact Resources
Planning for Impact Resources
Teaching for Impact Resources
Collective Efficacy: Developing Efficacy and Expertise as Professionals

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