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A Guide to Managing and Leading School Operations: The Principal's Field Manual

Author: Jerome Cranston
Abstract: This book fills a gap in the training of educational leaders by orienting them to the vitally important business operations required to run a school including personnel, finances, and risk.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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A World of Indigenous Languages: Politics, Pedagogies and Prospects for Language Reclamation

Editor: Teresa L. McCarty
Editor: Sheilah E. Nicholas
Editor: Gillian Wigglesworth
Abstract: Spanning Indigenous settings in Africa, the Americas, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, Central Asia and the Nordic countries, this book examines the multifaceted language reclamation work underway by Indigenous peoples throughout the world. Exploring political, historical, ideological, and pedagogical issues, the book foregrounds the decolonizing aims of contemporary Indigenous language movements inside and outside of schools. Many authors explore language reclamation in their own communities. Together, the authors call for expanded discourses on language planning and policy that embrace Indigenous ways of knowing and forefront grassroots language reclamation efforts as a force for Indigenous sovereignty, social justice, and self-determination. This volume will be of interest to scholars, educators and students in applied linguistics, Ethnic/Indigenous Studies, education, second language acquisition, and comparative-international education, and to a broader audience of language educators, revitalizers and policymakers.
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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African Traditional Oral Literature and Visual Cultures: as Pedagogical Tools in Diverse Classroom Contexts

Editor: Lewis Asimeng-Boahene
Editor: Michael Baffoe
Abstract: This book, the second in the series, is a distinct exploration of how educational policy makers, curriculum developers, educators, learners and social activists can utilize the hitherto untapped rich resource of African traditional oral literature and visual cultures. These are epistemological reservoirs and invaluable pedagogical tools in the delivery of content in the classrooms of the present global village, most of whom contain diverse student populations from varying backgrounds. The content of the book is thus designed to help expand educators’ repertoire of understanding beyond the hitherto “conventional wisdom”, most of which are either outdated or are colonial impositions on former colonial entities. 
Publisher: Information Age
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An Alternate Pragmatism for Going Public

Author: Jim Webber
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An Alternate Pragmatism for Going Public interrogates composition’s most prominent responses to contemporary K–16 education reform. By “going public,” teachers, scholars, and administrators rightfully reassert their expertise against corporate-political standards and assessments like the Common Core, Complete College America, and the Collegiate Learning Assessment. However, author Jim Webber shows that composition’s professional imperative for self-defense only partly fulfils the broader aims of “going public,” which include fostering public participation that can assess and potentially affirm the public good of professional judgment.

Drawing on the pragmatic/democratic tradition, Webber envisions an alternate rhetoric of professionalism, one that not only reasserts compositionists’ expertise but also expands opportunities for publics to authorize this expertise. While this public inquiry and engagement may not safeguard professional standing against neoliberal reform, it reorients composition toward an equally important goal, enabling publics to gauge the adequacy of the educational standardization so often advocated by contemporary reform.

Publisher: Utah State University Press
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Analyzing Children: Psychological Structure, Trauma, Development, and Therapeutic Action

Author: Edward Kohn
Author: Christie Huddleston
Author: Adele Kaufman
Abstract: This book closely examines the analyses of two little girls. One began analysis having already achieved the transition to a more enduring and reliable psychic structure, a cohesive self. Because she had several experiences that overwhelmed her emotional capacities prior to entering the oedipal phase of development, her oedipal experience was filled with anxiety and overstimulation. At the start of her analysis , the second child contended with anxiety about loss of the object and abandonment, and she struggled with the process of separation/individuation. Her psychic structure, her self, was not cohesive, and she was vulnerable to fragmentation. During her analysis, her stymied development was freed up, and the authors trace the changes within her as psychic structure consolidated and oedipal material took center stage.

Comparison of these two young girls and their analyses enables the authors to illustrate and describe important mental phenomena and psychoanalytic concepts.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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Assessing Deeper Learning: Developing, Implementing, and Scoring Performance Tasks

Author: Douglas G. Wren
Author: Christopher R. Gareis
Abstract: The book details a journey that a large school district undertook to create a system of performance tasks designed to assess students’ proficiency in critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication. Chapters devoted to the development and implementation of the district’s high-quality performance tasks and rubrics highlight successes and lessons learned during the journey. Additional chapters focus on such topics as types of performance assessments, instructional methods that promote student engagement and deeper learning, policy, and how teacher leaders can drive this innovation to serve the teaching, learning, assessment, and accountability needs of schools.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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Assessing Students' Social and Emotional Learning: A Guide to Meaningful Measurement

Author: Clark McKown
Abstract: An essential guide to using social and emotional assessment in support of teaching and learning.  Assessing children’s social and emotional learning skills is a critical and underappreciated element of all SEL programming. This book provides educators with practical information that they can use to clarify their assessment goals, identify viable assessment options that meet their needs, and understand and use assessment data to inform their practice and improve student outcomes.
Publisher: W.W. Norton
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Beyond Education: Radical Studying for Another World

Author: Eli Meyerhoff
Abstract: Meyerhoff argues that the predominant mode of study, education, is only one among many alternatives and that it must be deromanticized in order to recognize it as a colonial-capitalist institution. He traces how key elements of education—the vertical trajectory of individualized development, its role in preparing people to participate in governance through a pedagogical mode of accounting, and dichotomous figures of educational waste (the “dropout”) and value (the “graduate”)—emerged from histories of struggles in opposition to alternative modes of study bound up with different modes of world-making.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
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Black Immigrants in North America: Essays on Race, Immigration, Identity, Language, Hip-Hop, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Becoming Black

Author: Awad Ibrahim
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The first wave of Black immigrants arrived in North America during the 1960s and 1970s, coming originally from the Caribbean. An opportunity was missed, however, in documenting their everyday experience from a social science perspective: what did it mean for a Barbadian or a Jamaican to live in Toronto or New York? Were they Jamaicans or did they go with the descriptor ‘Black’? What relationship did they have with African Canadians or African Americans? Black Immigrants in North America answers these and other questions while documenting the second wave of Black immigration to North America, which started in the early 1990s. Theoretically and empirically grounded, the book is a documentation of the process of becoming Black – a radical identity transformation where a continental African is marked by Blackness. This, in turn, leads to a deeper understanding of what it means to encounter that social imaginary of, ‘Oh, they all look like Blacks to me!’ This encounter impacts what one learns and how one learns it, where learning English as a Second Language (ESL) is sidestepped in favor of Black English as a Second Language (BESL). Learning becomes a political and a pedagogical project of cultural, linguistic and identity investment and desire.

 

Publisher: Myers Education Press
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Boys Don't Try? Rethinking Masculinity in Schools

Author: Matt Pinkett
Author: Mark Roberts
Abstract: There is a significant problem in our schools: too many boys are struggling. The list of things to concern teachers is long. Disappointing academic results, a lack of interest in studying, higher exclusion rates, increasing mental health issues, sexist attitudes, an inability to express emotions.... Traditional ideas about masculinity are having a negative impact, not only on males, but females too. In this ground-breaking book, Matt Pinkett and Mark Roberts argue that schools must rethink their efforts to get boys back on track.
Publisher: Routledge
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California Foundations of Education: Educational Development within a Diverse Social History

Author: Jana Noel
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As Jana Noel taught courses in Educational Foundations, she was constantly struck by the lack of attention to the development of education in California within the currently available Educational Foundations textbooks. As she and other teachers worked their way through traditional texts, they began asking their students questions such as the following. How has the unique, diverse social history of California impacted the development of its public schools? Did California have legalized school segregation? Is there anything about the political structure of California that may have an impact on education? How many times has California law changed to either allow or ban bilingual education? By simply raising questions such as these, Noel noticed a large increase in interest in what had often been considered dry subjects such as history, educational politics, and educational funding. California Foundations of Education addresses the lack of attention to California’s education within Educational Foundations textbooks. The ultimate goal of the book is to scrutinize how education in California has developed in relation to the unique, diverse social history of California.

Publisher: Myers Education Press
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Career Pathways in Action: Case Studies from the Field

Editor: Robert B. Schwartz
Editor: Amy Loyd
Abstract: Career Pathways in Action, a companion to Learning for Careers by Nancy Hoffman and Robert B. Schwartz, offers a detailed, on-the-ground exploration of the Pathways to Prosperity Network’s efforts at state, regional, and local levels. This new book describes a strikingly wide range of systems and efforts that the Pathways Network has helped establish in recent years, and provides a clear and detailed sense of promising ways forward.
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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Case Studies and Case-Based Learning: Inquiry and Authentic Learning That Encourages 21st-Century Skills

Author: Todd Stanley
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Case Studies and Case-Based Learning brings authentic, real-world learning to the classroom and:

  • Transforms students' thinking and fosters 21st-century skills.
  • Provides strategies, examples, and resources for implementing case-based learning across the disciplines.
  • Features a step-by-step process for creating case-based lessons.
  • Includes connections to inquiry-based, problem-based, and project-based learning.
  • Builds off of a prominent educational strategy used in medicine and law.
Publisher: Prufrock
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Celebrity, Aspiration and Contemporary Youth: Education and Inequality in an Era of Austerity

Author: Heather Mendick
Author: Kim Allen
Author: Laura Harvey
Author: Aisha Ahmad
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Celebrity, Aspiration and Contemporary Youth uses the lens of celebrity to explore how young people think about their futures under austerity. Based on an interdisciplinary study, the book offers fresh insights into contemporary youth aspirations and inequalities. It helps us to understand young people's transitions into adulthood at a time of socio-economic 'crisis'. Using young people's 'celebrity talk' to explore their aspirations, the authors challenge stereotypes of young people as a fame-hungry, get-rich-quick generation. Instead, they show how young people engage critically with celebrity and its discourses. Key chapters focus on how young people talk about youth, work, authenticity, success, happiness, money and fame in relation to their own lives and those of celebrities. Each of these chapters contains a case study of an international celebrity, including, Beyoncé, Will Smith, Bill Gates, Prince Harry and Kim Kardashian. The authors conclude with possibilities for social change. They show that celebrity offers an important way of working with young people to critically explore what futures are possible and for whom.

Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life

Author: Michael B. Horn
Author: Bob Moesta
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Choosing College strips away the noise to help you understand why you’re going to school. What's driving you? What are you trying to accomplish? Once you know why, the book will help you make better choices.

The research in this book illustrates that choosing a school is complicated. By constructing more than 200 mini-documentaries of how students chose different postsecondary educational experiences, the authors explore the motivations for how and why people make the decisions that they do at a much deeper, causal level. By the end, you’ll know why you’re going and what you’re really chasing.

Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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Collaborative Learning in a Global World

Editor: Miri Schonfeld
Abstract: Collaborative learning is not a trivial challenge nor is it intuitive for all teachers and learners. One must acquire and practice the essential skills in order to successfully work in a team. Consequently it is essential to train teachers in collaborative teamwork, as they must serve as role models for students. In addition, new tools and practices become available at a rate that outpaces the abilities of many higher education institutions to adopt and implement. This book surveys the current state of the field and provides theoretical guidance and practical examples to help meet the gaps in research, development and practice.
Publisher: Information Age
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College Made Whole: Integrative Learning for a Divided World

Author: Chris W. Gallagher
Abstract: In College Made Whole, Chris W. Gallagher lays bare the dangers of the dis-integration of the college experience and shows how we can put higher education back together again. The successful colleges and universities of the future, Gallagher argues, will be integrated: coherently and cohesively designed to help students achieve a lifelong learning experience that is more than the sum of its parts.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
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Competency-Based Education: A New Architecture for K-12 Schooling

Author: Rose L. Colby
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Competency-Based Education introduces educators to a new model for anytime, anywhere schooling and provides tools and curriculum resources for redesigning the traditional structures of K–12 schools. Based on pioneering work across multiple states, the book shows how educators can design central elements of competency-based education—including performance tasks, personal learning plans, and grading systems—to meet the needs and interests of all students. The book incorporates case studies and voices from the field, and examines the variety of competency models that schools have adopted, highlighting the benefits for students.

 

Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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Conducting Personal Network Research: A Practical Guide

Author: Christopher McCarty
Author: Miranda J Lubbers
Author: Raffaele Vacca
Author: Jose Luis Molina
Abstract: Written at an introductory level, and featuring engaging case examples, this book reviews the theory and practice of personal and egocentric network research. This approach offers powerful tools for capturing the impact of overlapping, changing social relationships and contexts on individuals' attitudes and behavior. The authors provide solid guidance on the formulation of research questions; research design; data collection, including decisions about survey modes and sampling frames; the measurement of network composition and structure, including the use of name generators; and statistical modeling, from basic regression techniques to more advanced multilevel and dynamic models. Ethical issues in personal network research are addressed. User-friendly features include boxes on major published studies, end-of-chapter suggestions for further reading, and an appendix describing the main software programs used in the field.
Publisher: The Guilford Press
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Contemporary Perspectives on Research in Motivation in Early Childhood Education

Editor: Olivia N. Saracho
Abstract: Researchers from different disciplines (e.g., physiological, psychological, philosophical) have investigated motivation using multiple approaches. For example, in physiology (the scientific study of the normal function in living systems such as biology), researchers may use “electrical and chemical stimulation of the brain, the recording of electrical brain-wave activity with the electroencephalograph, and lesion techniques, where a portion of the brain (usually of a laboratory animal) is destroyed and subsequent changes in motivation are noted” (Petri & Cofer, 2017). Physiological studies mainly conducted with animals, other than humans, have revealed the significance of particular brain structures in the control of fundamental motives such as hunger, thirst, sex, aggression, and fear. In psychology, researchers may study the individuals’ behaviors to understand their actions. In sociology, researchers may examine how individuals’ interactions influence their behavior.
Publisher: Information Age
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Crafting a Global Field: Six Decades of the Comparative International Education Society

Editor: Erwin H Epstein
Abstract: The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) is the oldest and largest body of its kind, and is a leader among the 44 members of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES). This book celebrates the CIES' 60th anniversary.
The Society grew out of a series of conferences in the mid-1950s. Those conferences were attended by a small group of scholars in the USA who were keen to elucidate and expand their field. Now the Society has over 2,500 individual and about 900 institutional members (mainly libraries) around the world.
The book explains how the Society was constructed and internationalized. It analyzes its development trajectory, its major structural components, and the programs and curricula that it has inspired and nourished. The significance of the book is not restricted to the CIES. It will certainly interest counterparts in other WCCES constituent societies and scholars from all fields who are concerned with institutional structures and their evolution.
Publisher: Springer
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Crossing the Bridge of the Digital Divide: A Walk with Global Leaders

Editor: Anthony H. Normore
Editor: Antonia Issa Lahera
Abstract: The contributing authors- representing Unites States, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, and the UK - posit that education institutions can serve as the bridge to close the digital divide for students who do not have access to information technology in their homes. At a time when more computers are made available in schools than ever before, the digital divide continues to widen and fewer people in the lowest SES groups are given the opportunity to join the world of computer technology and the internet. As a result, the influence of leadership activity on institutional racism, gender discrimination, inequality of opportunity, inequity of educational processes, digital exclusion, and justice have gained currency and attention.
Publisher: Information Age
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Cultural Impact on Conflict Management in Higher Education

Editor: Nancy T. Wilson
Editor: Lei Xie
Editor: Matthew J. Etchells
Abstract:  In this book, we introduced many conflict resolution methods from different regions in the world. You can borrow some successful strategies and examine the differences and similarities between contexts. The book shares a conflict resolution model which may direct the reader to start thinking about addressing and managing conflicts from different levels of organizations. This book is a collective work of authors coming from all over the world. We chose higher education as the context because it is a place where diverse thoughts, perspectives, and people come together. 
Publisher: Information Age
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Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education: Designing Networks That Transform Schools

Editor: Martin Scanlan
Editor: Cristina Hunter
Editor: Elizabeth R. Howard
Abstract: The book describes an innovative network of twenty preK–8 schools located across the United States striving to address the barriers to inclusive education. Based on an ongoing initiative begun in 2012 by a team at Boston College, the book shows how these schools transformed to better serve their diverse, multilingual communities by adopting a two-way immersion model with the help of local faculty and other experts in bilingual education serving as mentors. 
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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Democratic Discord in Schools: Cases and Commentaries in Educational Ethics

Editor: Meira Levinson
Editor: Jacob Fay
Abstract: Teaching in a democracy is challenging and filled with dilemmas that have no easy answers. For example, how do educators meet their responsibilities of teaching civic norms and dispositions while remaining nonpartisan? Democratic Discord in Schools features eight normative cases of complex dilemmas drawn from real events designed to help educators practice the type of collaborative problem solving and civil discourse needed to meet these challenges of democratic education. Each of the cases also features a set of six commentaries written by a diverse array of scholars, educators, policy makers, students, and activists with a range of political views to spark reflection and conversation.
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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Design Thinking in Schools: A Leader’s Guide to Collaborating for Improvement

Author: John B. Nash
Abstract: The book is a step-by-step guide that offers critical guidance and field‐tested tools for choosing design teams, developing prototypes, and selecting promising ideas to take to scale. It includes rich examples of educators at the elementary, middle, and high school level who have used design thinking to find creative solutions for improving student engagement, school climate, and parent-teacher conferences, among many other challenges. Nash illustrates how school leaders can use the design thinking process to access a range of student voices for a diversity of opinions and feedback on topics that better inform school change.
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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Designing Gifted Education Programs and Services: From Purpose to Implementation

Author: Scott J. Peters
Abstract: This book is intended to support educators in the design and implementation of comprehensive gifted education plans. From planning to actual implementation, this book takes the reader from goals and purpose to assessing student needs and program design. The authors begin with a broad overview of best practices in programming and services, highlighting connections to student needs, programming standards, and state laws. Their recommendations include philosophical, cultural, and practical considerations and data-based decision making. In this book, Peters and Brulles guide the reader through the process of determining the most optimal programming methods for schools to take based on their individual needs and circumstances. With this book, schools will be able to design and develop programs and/or services that lay the foundation necessary to ensure all students are appropriately challenged.
Publisher: Prufrock Press
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Digital Personalization in Early Childhood: Impact on Childhood

Author: Natalia Kucirkova
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Digital personalization is an emerging interdisciplinary research field, with application to a variety of areas including design, education and publication industry. This book focuses on children's education and literacy resources, which have undergone important changes with the 'personalization revolution' in the early 21st century.

The author develops original insights from educational research and her own studies concerned with digital and non-digital personalization, to discuss in a clear and critical way the thinking, research issues and practical implications of this new field. She scrutinises the character of technology-based personalized education to substantiate the claim that the current models of personalized education tend to be technology- and business-driven, with little pedagogical understanding of the social value of personalization. Research involving touchscreens, personalized books and 2-8-year olds is interrogated for its impact on children's development of language, creativity, identity, as well as family dynamics and classroom dialogue. The literature available on digital and non-digital personalization is discussed in relation to five key themes of personalized education, the so-called 5As: autonomy, authorship, aesthetics, attachment and authenticity. It is argued that the 5As need to be anchored in humanist principles for a sustainable pedagogy and practice. Based on the insights from research with typically and atypically developing children, Kucirkova proposes personalised pluralisation, as a pedagogical framework of personalized education for the future. The book aims to help scholars and professionals understand the connections between personalization and literacy, personalization and education, and personalization and wider socio-moral issues.

Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Digital Technologies in Early Childhood Art: Enabling Playful Experiences

Author: Mona Sakr
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Through art children make sense of their experiences and the world around them. Drawing, painting, collage and modelling are open-ended and playful processes through which children engage in physical exploration, aesthetic decision-making, identity construction and social understanding. As digital technologies become increasingly prevalent in the lives of young children, there is a pressing need to understand how digital technologies shape important experiences in early childhood, including early childhood art. Mona Sakr shows the need to consider how particular dimensions of the art-making process are changed by the use of digital technologies and what can be done by parents, practitioners and designers to enable children to adopt playful and creative practices in their interactions with digital technologies. Incorporating different theoretical perspectives, including social semiotics and posthumanism, and drawing on various research studies, this book highlights how children engage with different facets of art-making with digital technologies including: remix and mash-up; distributed ownership; imagined audiences and changed sensory and social interactions.

Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Doing PDS: Stories and Strategies from Successful Clinically Rich Practice

Editor: Keli Garas-York
Editor: Pixita del Prado Hill
Editor: Leslie K. Day
Editor: Kim Truesdell
Editor: Susan Kellers-Mathers
Abstract: SUNY Buffalo State is a unique urban comprehensive liberal arts public institution serving a large number of first generation college students. One flagship program at the college is the Professional Development Schools (PDS) consortium. Beginning in 1991 with one partner school, the SUNY Buffalo State PDS consortium now partners with approximately 45 schools locally, in Western New York, New York City, and across five continents. This book seeks to share the skills, knowledge, and examples of evidence-based practice of this innovative program to offer readers ideas for how teacher education and professional development might be re-conceptualized and re-energized.
Publisher: Information Age
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