Best Practices for Education Professionals

Author: Heidi Schnackenberg
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1466558709
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Best practices currently advocate that education professionals consult and collaborate with colleagues across disciplines as a means of providing students and their families a comprehensive, developmental approach to students’ academic, career, and social/personal growth. Best Practices for Education Professionals has been developed to inform in-service and pre-service professional educators, including teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, speech language pathologists, administrators, and other school professionals, about useful techniques, ideas, competencies, and skills when addressing the comprehensive development of children in schools and school settings. The book is comprised of both research (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-design) and conceptual pieces about the most effective, current professional practices for professionals who work with P-12 children in schools. It will be highly useful for individuals studying to be practicing teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, speech language pathologists, administrators, as well as other school professionals. The book informs in-service and pre-service individuals about useful techniques, ideas, competencies, and skills when working with children in schools and school settings. The volume is also important to individuals undertaking academic (master and doctoral) level research on best practices for school professionals. The book includes recent, research-based ideas in the field of education. Topics include cultural competencies for school professionals, learning communities, educational technology, literacy, and special education. This book is particularly important in the field of education since becoming informed on the latest techniques and ideologies is an essential component of both professional preparation and continuing professional development of school professionals. Currently, education practitioners struggle with finding time for professional development and ways to inform themselves of the latest research. This book—with many timely findings—is important to offer to the education community, as well as the academic community, in higher education. As students continually change, so must the practices of the professionals who work with them. This volume attempts to highlight some of the most recent practices in the field of education and for educators. This book is unique and valuable in that while other books focus on a particular profession within the education field, this book covers best practices of a variety of professionals who work in the schools.

Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies

Author: Michelle Pacansky-Brock
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317243595
Format: PDF
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As social media and Web 2.0 technologies continue to transform the learning trends and preferences of students, educators need to understand the applicability of these new tools in all types of learning environments. The second edition of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies provides new and experienced instructors with practical examples of how low-cost and free technologies can be used to support student learning as well as best practices for integrating web-based tools into a course management system and managing student privacy in a Web 2.0 environment. "Showcase" spotlights throughout exemplify how the tools described in the book are already being used effectively in educational settings. This thoroughly revised second edition includes: a new chapter that explores how and why faculty are using the public web and open educational resources in place of a learning management system (LMS) and an expensive textbook additional tips and showcases in every chapter that illustrate faculty use of particular technologies the inclusion of new tools to replace technologies that no longer exist a revamped website featuring expanded online resources. This practical, easy-to-use guide will serve the needs of educators seeking to refresh or transform their instruction. Readers will be rewarded with an ample yet manageable collection of proven emerging technologies that can be leveraged for generating content, enhancing communications with and between students, and cultivating participatory, student-centered learning activities.

Best Practices in Professional Learning and Teacher Preparation in Gifted Education Vol 1

Author: Angela Novak
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1618217747
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Teacher preparation programs may not adequately train teachers in how to meet the needs of gifted and talented students in the regular classroom. Several states offer additional teacher preparation programs by providing either an endorsement or certification in the field, but these are often pursued by teachers specifically enrolled in gifted coursework rather than in general education programs. Practitioners and researchers agree that time and energy should be spent on training teachers in how to address the needs of gifted and talented students, both within the regular classroom and in specialized programs. This three-book series acknowledges this need and provides specific strategies for professional development in a variety of settings using various methods. Drawing on both literature in the field and research-based best practices in professional learning, this series provides the reader with a foundation for designing and implementing effective professional development experiences for educators working with gifted learners. An Introduction to Professional Learning Strategies focuses on a variety of techniques and methods in professional development. From reflection practices to using case studies to incorporating technology, authors provide specific tools and resources to consider when delivering effective professional development related to this specific population of learners.

Shared Governance in Higher Education Volume 2

Author: Sharon F. Cramer
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438467435
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Offers valuable insights into the governance process in higher education. Building on the resources offered in the first volume of this series, this second volume offers governance members, leaders, and other academics valuable insights into the governance process in higher education. In a chapter drawn from his keynote address at the March 2015 SUNY Voices conference, Steven Bahls, president of Augustana College, provides a critical study of institutions of higher education. Nine additional chapters offer a thorough analysis of academic processes that are usually hidden from view, including development of a sexual assault policy, faculty review of administrators, and successful use of task forces. Contributors describe subtle considerations and compromises, which effective governance leaders can incorporate into collaborations leading to effective outcomes. Readers of this volume will better understand how to avoid pitfalls of their own, as contributors illustrate hard-earned wisdom and lessons learned. Practical insights and guidelines on leadership development, budget development involving governance leaders, and mentoring are provided. This volume will provide readers—faculty, staff, students, and administrators—with the pragmatic resources they need to recognize and resolve governance challenges on their own campuses.

Teaching and Learning

Author: Dennis M. McInerney
Publisher: IAP
ISBN: 160752970X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Our highly interconnected global education environment provides unprecedented opportunities for teaching professionals and educational researchers to share best practice in teaching and learning across international borders and sociocultural frontiers. This volume presents a diverse range of innovative educational best practices from around the world – particularly those practices that directly strengthen and enhance student motivation and achievement in a broad range of sociocultural contexts. These practices include: enhancing teaching and learning environments, particularly in relation to provision of high quality infrastructure for 21st Century (digital) learning; designing and managing afterschool homework support; recruiting, developing and retaining highquality teaching staff; promoting international and multicultural awareness through deliberate exposure to varied cultural experiences and perspectives; optimizing the benefit of project work for student academic and social outcomes; designing educational interventions based on selfconcept research; and developing an international service learning course for tertiary students. The editors of the present volume have gathered over thirty renowned educators and researchers from Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States, to share their experiences in developing best practices in teaching and learning in socioculturally and educationally diverse contexts. These practices, guided and underpinned by cutting edge educational/psychological theories and research, are believed to be adaptable to many diverse educational and sociocultural contexts. The editors invite researchers, professionals, educators, teachers, lecturers, policymakers, and curriculum developers to think, reflect, and take action on how to utilize the underlying principles of the best practices in the present Volume to their own settings.

A New Teacher s Guide to Best Practices

Author: Yvonne S. Gentzler
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1510701044
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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New teachers begin their careers with great enthusiasm and purpose, but often face many challenges in their first years of teaching. A New Teacher's Guide to Best Practices supports new teachers with guidelines for applying best teaching practices to improve their professional effectiveness. Organized around the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards, this reflective workbook is full of best-practice tools and strategies. Each chapter focuses on a different teaching challenge-"practical problems" that teachers face daily-and offers research-based solutions, along with teacher tips and student perspectives from across the country. An invaluable resource for new teachers to use at their own pace, or for staff developers presenting teacher induction workshops, this richly detailed text invites new teachers to: Record their present beliefs Outline their aspirations Define their goals and objectives Set a course of action to reach those goals and objectives Enter into dialogue with colleagues and mentors for continued professional growth Through planning, self-reflection, and dialogue, new teachers can enrich their teaching experience, expand their personal and professional goals for success, and shape the way they view their practice and profession.

Better Than Best Practice

Author: Adam Lefstein
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134653824
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Better than Best Practice offers a new way of thinking about classroom practice, professional development, and improving teaching and learning. This companion book and website together offer a selection of rich and realistic video-based case studies, context and narrative, step-by-step guidance through key issues, and commentary and debate from a range of expert contributors. Carefully chosen video clips from primary school literacy lessons show real teachers in a variety of often knotty situations: classroom conversations that take unexpected turns; grappling with assessment; managing disagreements, to name a few. The book explores the educational potential of classroom talk and, in particular, the promise and problems of dialogic pedagogy. With an emphasis on the complexity and ‘messiness’ of teaching, Better than Best Practice considers how to learn from observing and discussing practice in order to develop professional judgment. It offers practical advice on how to organise and facilitate video-based professional development in which teachers share their practice with colleagues in order to learn from one another’s challenges, problems, dilemmas and breakthroughs. This exciting new resource argues that critical discussions of practice, which highlight dilemmas instead of prescribing solutions, help to develop and support thoughtful, flexible, and insightful practitioners: an approach that is better than best practice.

Challenges Facing Female Department Chairs in Contemporary Higher Education Emerging Research and Opportunities

Author: Schnackenberg, Heidi L.
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1522518924
Format: PDF, ePub
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Gender and diversity is a crucial area that requires more attention in multiple academic settings. As more women progress into leadership positions in academia, it becomes necessary to develop solutions geared specifically toward success for females in such environments. Challenges Facing Female Department Chairs in Contemporary Higher Education: Emerging Research and Opportunities is a key source on the latest challenges and opportunities for women heading academic departments in university settings, exploring the support available to female department chairs, and first-hand experiences and lessons learned in field. Featuring extensive coverage across a range of relevant perspectives and topics, such as gender challenges, management techniques, and professional development, this book is a critical source for academics, practitioners, and researchers.