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The PD Curator: How to Design Peer-to-Peer Professional Learning That Elevates Teachers and Teaching

The PD Curator: How to Design Peer-to-Peer Professional Learning That Elevates Teachers and Teaching

by Lauren Porosoff


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One of the best ways to learn how to be a better teacher is by watching, listening to, and experimenting with the practices of great teachers, including those in your own school. The PD Curator is about how professional learning experiences can become more inclusive, participator, cohesive, and effective-and about the role teachers and leaders can play in creating those experiences. That role isn't so much administrative as it is curatorial. Just as art curators can legitimize artists by including their work in a gallery or an exhibit, PD curators have the power to legitimize the work of an array of teachers. They help create immersive intellectual, emotional, and social experiences-all while caring for the professionals and the profession. In this book, Lauren Porosoff explains how PD curators Structure teachers' schedules to make time for in-house professional learning. Select content and create a process for how people interact with it. Fit the often disparate pieces together into a meaningful whole. Discover whether the event has been successful. The practical tools and protocols in each chapter will help you plan professional learning that taps into the expertise and interests of a diverse staff. Canned sessions that don't connect with teachers' actual needs will be a thing of the past. Instead, you'll discover ways to support teachers in sharing ideas and trying out new practices that advance student learning. In doing so, you'll empower teachers and students alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416629900
Publisher: ASCD
Publication date: 03/25/2021
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Lauren Porosoff presents and consults on how to create inclusive and empowering learning communities. An educator with 18 years of classroom experience, Lauren has developed applications of contextual behavioral science to various education practices, including instructional design, social-emotional learning, and professional development. She is the lead author of EMPOWER Your Students: Tools to Inspire a Meaningful School Experience (Solution Tree, 2018), Two-for-One Teaching: Connecting Instruction to Student Values (Solution Tree, 2020), and Teach Meaningful: Tools to Design the Curriculum at Your Core (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: A Case for Peer-to-Peer PD xi

Chapter 1 Building Foundations for Professional Learning 1

Chapter 2 Make It Inclusive: Preparing for Professional Learning 12

Chapter 3 Make It Participatory: Structuring Professional Learning 39

Chapter 4 Make It Cohesive: Organizing Professional Learning 71

Chapter 5 Make It Effective: Assessing Professional Learning 89

Chapter 6 The Self-Reflective Curator 108

Conclusion: Stepping into the Curator Role 120

References 122

Index 125

About the Author 128

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