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Transformative Professional Learning

Transformative Professional Learning
A System to Enhance Teacher and Student Motivation

July 2011 | 184 pages | Corwin

Motivation is foundational to learning

This book's bold new vision for professional learning emphasizes the importance of intrinsic motivation and respect for cultural diversity to create a transformative approach to school improvement. Knowing that culture and motivation are inseparable influences on learning, Margery B. Ginsberg provides practical steps that focus on teaching and learning grounded in the reality of children's lives. Because motivated teachers tend to have motivated students, Ginsberg's professional development program creates the same motivational conditions for adult learning that work well for students. The book's processes include

  • Shadowing students to help sharpen teachers' understanding of student motivation.
  • Conducting home visits to better connect with students' lives and families
  • Collaborating with other teachers to design lessons
  • Analyzing data in collaboration with students, families, and community members

Included are an abundance of field-tested tools, templates, and protocols. Teachers and administrators will find an experienced voice of reason to guide them through today's maze of increasing demands as they work toward the ultimate goal of engaging all students.

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About the Authors
1. Transformative Professional Development in Culturally Diverse Classrooms
2. The Motivational Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching
3. Shadowing Students to Stimulate and Enrich Teacher Knowledge
4. Creating Transformative and Culturally Responsive Learning Through Home Visits
5. Creating Transformative Learning Through Collaborative Lesson Design and Reflective Group Work
6. Using Data to Improve Student Learning

"In the book Transformative Professional Learning, Margery Ginsberg and colleagues get at the heart of student and teacher motivation. Rather than defaulting to a simple list of strategies that might more readily capture students' attention in the short term, they provide a comprehensive, research- and theory-based approach. If taken seriously, this book has the potential of transforming how we teach and why we teach."

Robert J. Marzano, CEO
Marzano Research Laboratory, Bloomington, IN

"Margery Ginsberg pragmatically illustrates how teachers can learn from and support students' rich linguistic and ethnic diversity through inquiry and reflective practice. Educators seeking to enhance student motivation and learning will find this book an invaluable resource."

Rito Martinez, Senior Leadership Coach
The University of Chicago, IL

"This book offers engaging designs for collaborative learning through authentic experiences and supports communities of educators as they stretch their understanding of students and instruction."

Joellen Killion, Deputy Executive Director
Learning Forward

"Given the presence of instructional expertise, Gnisberg's book is a highly user-friendly, practical guide for school professionals. The guidance can help educators successfully engage our most disaffected and disempowered students."

Kyle Kinoshita, Ed. D.
Marysville School District
The WERA Educational Journal

Below is the riveting review from Robert J. Dickey:

Robert J. Dickey, Columnist
ELT News

"Ginsberg’s Transformative Professional Learning is a highly user-friendly, practical guide for school professionals. Thoughtfully used, the strategies can be a powerful factor in 'unlearning' destructive beliefs and practices which for so long have led to unconscionable outcomes. Most importantly, the guidance can help educators successfully engage our most disaffected and disempowered students. In this manner, we can make a difference with those who have been the most impacted by historical racism and injustice, and help them take their rightful place in our 21st century society."

The WERA Education Journal
Vol. 4, No. 2, June 2012
Key features

(1) A bold, new vision for professional learning that emphasizes the importance of intrinsic motivation and ultimately serves as a driver for school improvement.

(2) Focuses on four "micro cycles" that collectively work to support sustainable school change: classroom profiles that teachers can construct to better understand their students; home visits that are conducted and reflected upon to interrupt deficit thinking about families; collaborative lesson design and implementation that occur in content areas and include student voice; and collaborative data analysis with students and community members as partners.

(3) Includes an abundance of tools, templates, and protocols that have been developed and field tested in schools around the country.

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