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From Staff Room to Classroom

From Staff Room to Classroom
A Guide for Planning and Coaching Professional Development

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September 2006 | 176 pages | Corwin

"The definitive book about planning and presenting professional development that energizes and empowers adult learners. Captures the heart and soul of the process."
—Kay Burke, International Consultant
Author, From Standards to Rubrics in 6 Steps

Make your staff development stick with tips from top pros!

With new initiatives and requirements for classroom teaching and assessment, the challenges for staff developers are growing. Internationally recognized authors and consultants Robin Fogarty and Brian Pete help readers meet those challenges head-on. This book shares their deep expertise with tools to successfully guide staff to the highest levels of effectiveness, ultimately leading to greater student achievement.

From Staff Room to Classroom is built around four critical roles of the staff developer: designing, presenting, facilitating, and coaching. Rich with theoretical underpinnings, this book drills down to the essentials for each aspect and role. Offering concrete help for working with teachers using myriad real-life mentoring and coaching scenarios for reference and inspiration, this practical guide presents techniques for:

  • Customizing professional development to fit the unique needs of adult learners
  • Organizing a successful workshop
  • Incorporating five essential elements for sound training
  • Building relationships and community
  • Putting ideas into immediate practice using extensive reproducibles, templates, and practical tips

Focus on strategies that address your specific needs or simply follow the guide from beginning to end. This amazing tool kit of wisdom, know-how, and how-to is built on the expertise of tried-and-true best practices that work!

Acknowledgments From the Publisher
A Look at the Book

A Peek at the Chapter Highlights

An Invitation

About the Authors
1. A Guide to the Change Process
The Change Process

Tools to Use

2. A Guide to the Adult Learner
The Adult Learner

Tools to Use

3. A Guide to Site-Based Professional Development
Evolution of Professional Development

Tools to Use

4. A Guide to the Role of Designing Professional Learning
Desiging Role

Three Essential Elements

Tools to Use

5. A Guide to the Role of Presenting Professional Learning Experiences
The Presenting Role

Tools to Use

6. A Guide to the Role of Facilitating Professional Learning
The Facilitating Role

Tools to Use

7. A Guide to the Role of Coaching Professional Learning
The Coaching Role

Tools to Use

8. A Guide to the Anatomy of a Workshop
The Training Model That Works

A Classic Example

Tools to Use

9. A Guide to Sustained Professional Learning
Professional Learning Communities

Tools to Use


"The definitive book about planning and presenting professional development that energizes and empowers adult learners.  Captures the heart and soul of the process."

Kay Burke, International Consultant
Author, From Standards to Rubrics in 6 Steps, and other titles

"Fogarty has held true to her beliefs about professional development: 'accentuate the practical' and 'honor the teacher.' The authors bring the best of their many years of experience by putting these principles at the center of their sage and practical advice for professional developers."

Jim Bellanca, President
International Renewal Institute

"Provides templates and models that could be adapted for more insights into adult learning. In addition, rubrics and practical strategies are included to support curriculum design for adults. The book also provides a basic overview for those who want to gain a clearer understanding of the adult learner."

PsycCRITIQUES, October 2007, Vol. 52(41)
Key features
  • Identifies key roles and stages for  professional development
  • Provides clear guidance for success in each role
  • Brings a wealth of knowledge and tools for staff developers
  • Aligns with the needs of adult learners
  • Key resource for site-based staff development

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