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Learning by Heart (Jossey-Bass Education)by Roland S. Barth
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Down-to-earth, inspired, and full of wisdom, Roland Barth knows what it takes to create wonderful schools for youngsters and adults alike. Learning by Heart is the long-awaited sequel to Improving Schools from Within. A decade after publication of his best-selling book, Barth returns to the schoolhouse. Drawing from a career committed to building schools rich in community, learning, and leadership, he shows how to accomplish the most difficult task of school reform-transforming a school's culture so that it will be hospitable to human learning. In an engaging conversational style, he suggests how school people can become the architects, engineers, and designers of their own schools-and of their own destinies."The way we do things around here" is incredibly resistant to change. Yet shaping a school's culture so that it encourages risk-taking and invention is the critical precondition for building a community of learners and leaders. Barth invites the reader to accompany him on a journey to examine the things that really make a difference in schools-building community, developing leadership, encouraging risk-taking, inspiring a lifelong love of learning, reflecting on practice, celebrating craft knowledge-and poses for teachers and principals the tough questions that will guide each of them on their own journey to discover their vital work and give their heart to it.The Author Roland S. Barth is one of the country's most renowned educators and the author of the best-selling Jossey-Bass book Improving Schools from Within (over 100,000 copies sold). He has been a public school teacher and principal, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and member of the faculty of Harvard University where he founded the Harvard Principals' Center and the International Network of Principals' Centers.
Book News Annotation:
In this monograph, Barth identifies those conditions in a school's culture that support its renewal. Contending that the current "top down" approach to education is killing the soul of the profession, he argues that the key to school improvement will be found in the hearts of teachers and administrators. A former classroom teacher and principal, Barth is also the author of Improving Schools from Within.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A practical guide to becoming an instructional leader
Updated to reflect changes and advances in the supervision of teachers, this highly respected text provides a comprehensive overview of the field of instructional supervision, including instructional development, curriculum development, and staff development. Throughout, the authors emphasize practice, particularly the supervisor’s responsibilities as instructional leader.
Discover Your Work and Give Your Heart To It
"This engagingly written, wise monograph examines the meaning of true educational reform and offers concrete strategies for achieving fundamental, systemic school transformation. In keeping with his earlier work (Improving Schools from Within), Barth argues that school improvement requires significant changes in the culture of schools, a task best accomplished by school professionals. . . . a jargon-free, thoughtful perspective on how to make schools better places for those who reside within them."
"In a very large chorus of proponents of school reform, Roland Barth’s voice stands out. . . . he restores the zest and sacredness of learning–the heart of education."
"A critical read for all educators who care about making good schools for students and their teachers."
"Plain-spoken and persuasive convictions about schoolkeeping by a wise and humane educator."
"There is learning here for anyone who cares about education and how to create dynamic schools. Roland Barth brings both flaming passion and cool thoughts to this powerful book."
About the Author
Roland S. Barth is one of the country’s most renowned educators and the author of the best-selling Jossey-Bass book Improving Schools from Within (over 100,000 copies sold). He has been a public school teacher and principal, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and member of the faculty of Harvard University, where he founded the Harvard Principals' Center and the International Network of Principals' Centers.
Table of Contents
The Author xvii
1. Thinking Otherwise 1
2. Culture in Question 7
3. A Community of Learners 21
4. Information Rich and Experience Poor 31
5. Exploration 41
6. Craft Knowledge 53
7. Reflection 65
8. Teacher Leadership 75
9. Impediments and Opportunities 87
10. Teachers and Principals 105
11. On Becoming a Principal 119
12. Conditions for Learning 143
13. Some Questions 167
14. Risk 183
15. Coming to a Vision 193
Appendix A: A Letter to Parents 215
Appendix B: Some Thoughts on "Conditions for Learning" 221
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