Professional learning initiatives in schools come and go, and the constant cycling through programs can resemble fad diets--hype and hope followed by crash and burnout.
In this timely book, professional learning providers Kasia M. Derbiszewska and T. Nicole Tucker-Smith share concrete strategies that will help you design professional development sessions that are compelling, convincing, and sustainable using the framework of Universal Design for Learning.
Learn to recognize and reduce common barriers to effective PD. In each chapter, the authors clearly address the Purpose, Preparation, Implementation, and Benefits to Learning for each aspect of professional learning, as well as UDL Tidbits that help ensure the health and longevity of the initiative.
If you are ready to take the leap toward creating healthy and sustainable professional learning, jump into the chapter that is most relevant to your needs. Get ready to consider the whole adult learner and apply practical strategies for cultivating and maintaining healthy, vibrant professional development that has a track record of success.
Kasia Derbiszewska (pronounced Kah-shah Der-bih-sheh-ska) is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Learning Key, LLC. She specializes in the field of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and has a passion for designing inclusive and supportive environments that help all learners excel. Kasia designs and delivers keynote speeches, workshops, and offers one-on-one consulting support to school districts, universities and other organizations both nationally and internationally. A former high school English teacher and project manager at Harvard University's Causal Cognition in a Complex World Laboratory, Kasia earned her Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University. She also has a B.A. in Secondary English Education and Slavic Languages and Literature from Indiana University.
Chapter 1: Eliminate Toxins: Removing Resistance to Change 1
Chapter 2: Balance Your Diet: Digesting Professional Learning Content 13
Chapter 3: Choose Superfoods: Selecting High-Impact Strategies
Chapter 4: Remember to Stretch: Reflection Expands Possibilities 49
Chapter 5: Use It or Lose It: Building Habits to Sustain Professional Growth
Chapter 6: Be Mindful: Paying Attention to Design with Intention
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