Synopses & Reviews
This is a rare educational book that captures both the scholarship and the soul of teaching. It asks leaders to guide conversations based on their own deep understanding of the art and science of teaching, and it makes explicit and accessible what that means.-Carol Ann Tomlinson, Parish Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and PolicyUniversity of Virginia
The continuous enhancement of instruction is the most critical role for any school administrator. This valuable book helps educational leaders better understand and become more skillful in conducting conversations about the craft of teaching and the science of learning.-Arthur L. Costa, Professor EmeritusCalifornia State University, Sacramento
Danielson's work is right on target. She addresses how to make certain that teachers are coaching one another, sharing practices, and assuming the role of leadership in schools across the country. This book is a wonderful companion to her work on teacher evaluation.-Bena Kallick, Educational Consultant
Instructional leadership is totally dependent on the fine art of successful communication. Danielson has provided a tool through which principals and teachers can participate in purposeful exchanges to support valued learning. Through her guidance, these conversations can support reflections, relationships, and a brand new culture.-Daniel C. Page, Manager of Professional Development and Secondary EducationNorth Penn School District, Lansdale, PA
Includes many insights and techniques for helping teachers learn about their profession and their practices. This seminal text serves as an introduction to conversations that will prompt teachers to betterunderstand what they are doing in the classroom.-James Raths, Professor of EducationUniversity of Delaware
Help teachers improve their practice by holding rewarding professional conversations
Ongoing informal dialogue between school leaders and educators is the foundation for improved classroom instruction, increased learner achievement, and more formal discussions about education. This breakthrough work from renowned educator Charlotte Danielson helps school leaders understand the value of reflective professional conversations in promoting a positive environment of inquiry, support, and teacher professional development. Organized around the big ideas of successful teaching, this guidebook: Explains the critical function of informal professional conversations in ongoing teacher learningExplores the interaction of power and leadership in schoolsOutlines the conversation skills that school leaders need to initiate and engage in successful conversationsIncludes mental maps, sample topics, and conversation activities
Talk About Teaching is an invaluable resource for educational leaders looking to utilize one of the most powerful approaches to successful teacher learning and growth.
This breakthrough work helps school leaders understand the value and power of informal conversations with instructors to promote teacher learning, improve classroom teaching, and increase learner achievement. Administrators will find "mental maps" and practical tools to promote meaningful professional conversations about instructional practice. After the Classroom Walkthrough: Explains the critical function of informal professional conversations in supporting ongoing teacher learningExplores the interaction of power and leadership in schoolsOutlines the conversation skills needed by school leaders to conduct these pivotal conversationsProvides guidance for initiating and leading professional conversations
Written by a renowned educator, this breakthrough work helps leaders understand the value of professional conversations in promoting reflection, inquiry, support, and ongoing teacher development.