The School Leader's Guide to Learner-Centered Education: From Complexity to Simplicity

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August 2008



In the context of the current accountability and testing era, many school leaders have become fearful and feel disenfranchised. Their knowledge and experience are not being validated, and often they are forced to engage in practices that go contrary to what they know will provide a positive school climate and culture for their staff and students. This book will introduce a model of leadership as part of a transformation process arising from a learner-centered system. Among the issues considered by educational leaders as the most pressing are:the relationship between moral leadership and school change (based on an ethic of responsibility for preparing all learners to function in a global worlddiversity: the role of school leaders to promote success for all marginalized groups of studentspersonalizing learning and authentically engaging students to make school more effective for all learnersincorporating learning standards and high expectations without sacrificing the personal and authentic engagement with studentsThis book addresses each of these concerns from the perspective of learner-centered systems, in which leaders distribute leadership among key constituents in the educational systemùstudents, teachers, other school staff, parents, community membersùand empower them to engage in a lifelong learning process of continuous growth and improvement.áIt also provides a detailed and comprehensive treatment of LCP, as well as helpful exercises and tools that can be applied to practice.


About the Authors
1. Why This Is a Time for Change
Why Read This Book?
Schools as Living Systems
What Does "Learner-Centered" Mean?
How This Book Is Organized
How Do You Like to Learn?
2. What We Know About Learning and Leading
What Kind of Learner and Leader Are You?
What Does Existing Evidence Say About Leadership?
The "Big Picture" View: An Ecology of Learning Model
What It Means to Be Learner-Centered
A Learner-Centered Educational Model
What Are the New Notions of Schooling as Part of Living Systems?
What's Next
3. What the Learner-Centered Model Means for Practice
What It Means to Be a Learner-Centered Leader
What the Research Shows About the Effectiveness of Learner-Centered Models
How the Learner-Centered Principles Translate Into Practice at the School Level
Implications for Leadership and Building Communities of Learners
What's Next
4. The Tools Needed for the Journey
Tools for the Journey Within
Tools for a School-Level Assessment System and Leadership Process
Implications of Implementing Learner-Centered Leadership Tools
Tools for Answering the Truly Important Questions
Self-Assessment and Reflection Tools to Chart the Journey
What's Next
5. What Learner-Centered Assessment Tools Can Accomplish
What Is Expected of Our Educational System?
How School Leaders Can Provide What Is Wanted
The Big Issues Facing Today's School Leaders
The Leader's New Role in Staff Development
Background and Supporting Research for the Assessment of Learner-Centered Practices Surveys
Experiencing the School-Level Assessment of Learner-Centered Practices Survey for Yourself
What's Next
6. How We Can Move Toward New Student and System Outcomes
Understanding What Is and What Could Be
Aligning the New Vision With Existing Realities
Dealing With Current System Inequities in New Systems Designs
The Learning Partnerships and Networks That We Need
The Learning Partnerships You Will Need
What's Next
7. How We Develop Leadership Qualities From Within
New Ideas From Brain Research
Preparing for the Future
Other Characteristics of the Needed Framework
Further Leadership Challenges in Creating Learner-Centered Models
What It Means to Develop Capacity From Within
A Summary: Moving From Complexity to Simplicity
Introduction to Summary Chapter
Introduction to Additional Resources
8. Summary of Major Points in Each Chapter
Chapter 1: Why This Is a Time For Change
Chapter 2: What We Know About Learning and Leading
Chapter 3: What the Learner-Centered Model Means for Practice
Chapter 4: The Tools Needed for the Journey
Chapter 5: What the Learner-Centered Assessment Tools Can Accomplish
Chapter 6: How We Can Move Toward New Student and System Outcomes
Chapter 7: How We Can Develop Leadership Qualities From Within
Glossary of Learner-Centered Terms


Barbara L. McCombs directs the Human Motivation, Learning, and Development Center at the University of Denver. The center focuses on the professional development of educators, personal and organizational change, systemic educational reform, and school violence prevention. McCombs' current research is directed at new leadership models for redesigning outdated views of schooling and learning. This research has led to her international and national recognition in areas that include transformational teacher development approaches, motivating hard-to-reach students, and the use of technology as a primary tool for empowering youth and facilitating relevant learning. The author has begun a series of books published by Corwin Press. Learner-Centered Classroom Practices and Assessments: Maximizing Student Motivation, Learning, and Achievement (2006) was co-authored with Lynda Miller and written for teachers. Her second book in the series, written for school administrators and other school leaders, was also co-authored with Lynda Miller and is titled A School Leader's Guide to Creating Learner-Centered Education: From Complexity to Simplicity (2008).McCombs is the primary author of Learner-Centered Psychological Principles (LCPs): Guidelines for School Redesign and Reform. She has developed research-validated learner-centered models of teaching and learning based on the LCPs. Through collaborations with colleagues at the University of Bristol in England, she developed an online version of her Assessment of Learner-Centered Practices (ALCP) teacher and student surveys. These surveys have been validated with over 35,000 students and their teachers in Grades K-3, 4-8, 9-12, and college level. The ALCP surveys are being used in numerous national and international K-12 schools as well as colleges.


"The time is right and the need is profound for learner-centered practices in schools. McCombs and Miller describe the tools available and how a school can use them to make substantial changes that increase student performance."
EAN: 9781412960168
ISBN: 1412960169
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2008
Seitenanzahl: 271 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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