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Professional Book Studies: What They Are and Why They Matter. The Benefits to Educators and Their Students Fall 2008. What are professional book studies?.
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The Benefits to Educators and Their Students
Professional book studies engage educators in critical reading, intentional dialogue,and job-embedded learning with the purpose of enhancing teaching and students’ learning.
Effective professional development…
Professional book studies are…
Effective professional development is connected to the work of practicing educators in schools and challenges participants to link their learning to their teaching.
Professional book studies invite educators to embed their learning into the work they do in schools and classrooms everyday.
Effective professional development is carried out over an extended period of time, allowing participants to adequately reflect on their learning. The duration of such learning increases the effectiveness of the professional development experience.
Professional book studies provide time for participants to read and reflect on their reading before engaging in collaborative dialogue with their colleagues.
Effective professional development is collaborative, providing practicing educators with the time and framework to learn from and with one another
Professional book studies provide the structure for purposeful dialogue that richly connects a text to the participants’ work in schools. Such a collaborative structure promotes needed collegiality and professionalism among colleagues.
Effective professional development helps teachers develop a deeper understanding of what concepts they teach and how they teach the concepts.
Professional book studies require teachers to connect the text to instructional planning, thereby helping teachers make deliberate connections between the what and how of their teaching.
Effective professional development requires teachers to focus their learning on their teaching, keeping student learning and achievement as a focus of their learning.
Professional book studies challenge participants to be results-oriented by having teachers document their learning in the book study to their work with students.
Book study participants engage in the following cycle:
Professional book studies have led to:
“When educators gather regularly to discuss what’s being learned in a book, magic happens.”
Dick Fields, Veteran Educator and PBS Facilitator
“I made so many practical connections to my classroom…and my colleagues and I actually had the time to talk about teaching.”
Dina Anderson, Classroom Teacher
Potentially, any educational book could be used. In most schools, the professional book study is related to school or district initiatives.
In some cases, a number of teachers have an interest in reading, sharing, and implementing the concepts from the book.
There are themed issues of professional journals such as Educational Leadership, The English Journal, or Middle Ground (as examples) that can serve as exceptional frameworks for a professional book study.
Book study participants also have access to extensive electronic resources available through Saint Mary’s University’s library.
Use book publishers similar to ASCD to locate relevant and readable books. ASCD resources, both chapters and full text books, can be accessed at: http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/menuitem.7ecb0460a2b144dd12c7c91061a001ca/
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Stenhouse resources, both chapters and full text books, can be accessed at: http://www.stenhouse.com/html/booksvideo.htm
Yes. If you have your title and the number of books that are needed, the PDI Program Office can order your books for you. PBS facilitators are encouraged to check availability and price from online booksellers, as well.
If SMU purchases the books, participants will need to pay for the book prior to the start of the book study.
Contact the PDI Program Office if you need assistance ordering books.
What are some of the other benefits of collaborating with the PDI program at Saint Mary’s?
Saint Mary’s University provides…
To get a book study started through the Professional Development Initiatives for Educators (PDI) program at Saint Mary’s University, contact the PDI Program Office:
The PDI Program Office offers streamlined processes and procedures to facilitate the delivery of high-quality professional development.