Presenters: Debbie Abilock, Kristin Fontichiaro, and Violet Harada with Connie Williams, Susan Smith, Anne Stokes, and Chris Harris
Preconference description: In this era of unprecedented school reform, librarians can thrive as embedded professional development (PD) leaders. Adult learners bring a wealth of background skills, interests, and experiences (Early and Bubb 2004). Unlike the one-shot, one-size-fits-all workshops of the past, today's PD considers time, setting, circumstances, pedagogical choices, and level of formality for customized PD. We discussed several PD models, exploring together how we could improve our schools from the inside out.
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Teacher Librarian, October 2012 review (PDF): "...one of the most important books to appear in the literature this year. It begs the professionals of teacher librarianship to realize the power they have under their fingertips. Instead of just using the bully pulpit, it provides real people doing real projects that make a difference. Read it; think about it; and, then reach out to others in the school to form a strong team bent on school improvement. Essential."
UPADATE: Teacher Librarian has selected Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers one of the best professional books of 2013.