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The PD Book: 7 Habits that Transform Professional Development Paperback – May 24 2022
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In The PD Book, bestselling author Elena Aguilar and co-author Lori Cohen offer seven habits―and a wealth of practical tools―that help you transform professional development. In this book, you'll learn how to inspire adult learners, the importance of having clear purpose, and how to navigate power dynamics in a group. You'll also learn a new way to plan PD that allows you to attend to details and be a responsive facilitator. The dozens of tips and tricks, anecdotes and research, and tools and resources will enable you to create the optimal conditions for learning.
- Craft effective outcomes for your adult students and design an agenda that aligns with adult learning principles
- Use storytelling as a tool for effective workshops and trainings
- Plan backwards from evaluations and outcomes to create powerful and lasting educational experiences
Ideal for educational leaders and administrators, professional development facilitators, coaches, and positional leaders in both K-12 and higher education, The PD Book is an incisive resource offering concrete strategies for educators at all levels.
From the Publisher
The PD Book is about creating the conditions for learning—for transformative learning. But what are "the conditions" in which learning happens?
Learning happens when:
Learners understand the purpose for the learning they're involved in, and the purpose is clear, relevant, and meaningful. It's easy to see the benefits that will come from learning.
The social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of learners are met. This includes feeling that you can share your thoughts, that the teacher or facilitator has your best interests at heart, that you are being appropriately challenged, and that other learners will support and encourage you as you learn.
The design for the learning experience is carefully, thoughtfully constructed and based on learner needs.
Every last detail of the learning experience is anticipated and planned.
Facilitators skillfully execute the learning plan and adapt, responding to learners when necessary.
Facilitators are reflective, see themselves as learners, have a high degree of emotional intelligence and self-awareness, and can motivate people and inspire them to take risks and to stretch outside their comfort zones.
How to create transformative PD: PARTY!
These are the conditions for learning. We've taken these, and everything we know about designing and facilitating professional development, and categorized them into seven habits. To help you remember them, we've also come up with an acronym: PARTY. This stands for Purpose, Audience, Routines, Technique, and You.
Determine and share purpose and build buy-in to purpose
Attend to learner needs: Engage emotions and build psychological safety, navigate power, and act on principles of adult learning
Plan: Design intentionally and attend to details
Execute the plan: Facilitate adaptively
Know yourself, be clear on who you want to be, and bring your best self
"Elena Aguilar brings to The PD Book a wealth of knowledge and expertise delivering high-quality learning experiences for teachers and leaders. Educators who design and deliver PD will gain unique, interesting, and pertinent insights from Aguilar’s ideas, her research, and the tools she offers for making PD joyful, meaningful and equitable."
―Robert Ryshke, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, Westminster School, Atlanta, GA
"Grounded in research on adult learning and drawing from many years of experience, Elena Aguilar and Lori Cohen take readers on a journey into creating transformative professional development. They share strategies for building community and creating spaces that are antiracist and welcoming for participants of all backgrounds. Chapters show presenters how to engage emotions, effectively counter resistance, and navigate power. This book is a must-have for new as well as seasoned professional developers, invigorating all with the courage to provide bold, motivating, and magical sessions."
―Becki Cohn-Vargas, Ed.D. Author of Identity Safe Classrooms, Places to Belong and Learn
"Ever wonder how to craft the kind of PD that changes hearts, minds, and behaviors? Mystery solved. Elena and Lori provide us with the concrete knowledge, tools, and skills to create inspirational PD that ultimately transforms schools."
―Jenn David-Lang, Editor, THE MAIN IDEA
"In this book, Elena invites educators to level up their ability to humanize learning for adults. These are the key skills we need today if we are serious about reimagining what teaching and learning look like for equity-minded coaches and teacher-leaders who are in charge of professional learning."
―Zaretta Hammond, teacher educator and author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
"Today's students need their teachers to be engaged in professional learning that helps these educators develop new relationships to learning and to each other. Aguilar's latest book shares key guideposts, facilitation moves and reflective questions that will help novice and experienced PD leaders alike to change how educators are thinking and feeling about professional learning so that it truly transforms their teaching."
―Jill Harrison Berg, Ed.D. Author of Uprooting Instructional Inequity: The Power of Inquiry-Based Professional Learning
"Elena and Lori's approach to professional learning is truly transformational. The tools and insights transcend any sector and prepare readers to facilitate professional development that pushes leaders and learners further down path toward justice."
―Sherene Judeh, Chief Program Officer of Ampact
"Aguilar and Cohen have written the quintessential book on adult learning. With a keen eye to equity, The PD Book provides the perfect blend of anecdotes, tools, and practical guidance for anyone wishing to design and deliver transformative professional development in the education space."
―Ben Owens, Co-Founder of Open Way Learning
"Elena has created a refreshing blueprint for every leader who is striving to create a healthy and intentional learning organization. If you are a leader searching to create opportunities for deep connection and learning through PD, this book will take you on a transformative journey and push you to design PD that shifts thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of every human in your care. Elena and her team truly "pull the curtain back" on fostering environments for change- her work and her generosity are a true gift to leaders and PD practitioners."
―Shawna Wells, CEO of Wells Coaching and Consulting and B is for Black Brilliance
From the Back Cover
Develop and Sustain Your School Community with Transformational Professional Development
The PD Book offers seven practical habits―and a wealth of hands-on tools―that will revolutionize your school’s professional development. This book teaches educational leaders, administrators, professional development facilitators, coaches, and positional leaders how to inspire adult learners with a clear purpose and a strategy for navigating group power dynamics.
You’ll discover a new way to plan professional development that allows you to stay focused on important details and respond to your groups’ needs. You’ll also find dozens of actionable tips, tricks, anecdotes, research, tools, and resources to create an ideal learning environment.
“Ever wonder how to craft the kind of PD that changes hearts, minds, and behaviors? Mystery solved. Elena and Lori provide us with the concrete knowledge, tools, and skills to create inspirational PD that ultimately transforms schools.”
―JENN DAVID-LANG, Editor, THE MAIN IDEA
“Elena Aguilar brings to The PD Book a wealth of knowledge and expertise delivering high-quality learning experiences for teachers and leaders. Educators who design and deliver PD will gain unique, interesting, and pertinent insights from Aguilar’s ideas, her research, and the tools she offers for making PD joyful, meaningful and equitable.”
―ROBERT RYSHKE, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, Westminster School, Atlanta, GA
- Publisher : Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (May 24 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1119843359
- ISBN-13 : 978-1119843351
- Item weight : 454 g
- Dimensions : 18.73 x 1.75 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #130,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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