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Leading Professional Learning

Leading Professional Learning
Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers

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January 2015 | 80 pages | Corwin

Expert strategies for personalized, 21st Century professional learning!

Empower teachers to take ownership of their own professional learning. Recognized EdTech leaders Murray and Zoul guide you step-by-step through the process. Confidently learn to build a values-driven school culture, personalized professional roadmaps, and a collaboration-minded staff. You’ll find concrete examples, leadership profiles, and a wealth of resources to help administrators and teachers:

  • Take ownership of their professional growth
  • Design meaningful learning opportunities
  • Collaborate and learn using technology, blogs, and social media
  • Model and support professional learning for others

Transform teacher learning and see your student achievement soar!

The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website.

Check out the Connected Educator Series matrix to find out which book is right for you.   

"Leading Professional Learning: Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers masterfully connects how and why professional learning for teachers can be transformed. It's an accessible, practical resource that every educator should have in their toolkit."
—Cindy Johanson, Executive Director
Edutopia, George Lucas Educational Foundation

"This is a brief, but powerful, book about making professional learning for teachers more meaningful and personal. Murray and Zoul have identified several important ways to improve how we support our teachers' learning so that they are better equipped to support their students. The book offers practical tips that schools and districts can take and use immediately."
—Todd Whitaker, Professor of Department of Educational Leadership
Indiana State University

Preface by Peter DeWitt
1. A New Vision for Professional Learning
Who Owns the Learning?

Teachers as Learners and Leaders

Tool Spotlight: Google Forms for Soliciting Teacher Feedback

Leadership Profile: Michelle Nebel

2. Lead Learners Model the Way
The Leadership Gap

Time: Stop Spending; Start Investing

Tool Spotlight: Today's Meet

Blogging to Lead, Blogging to Learn

Tool Spotlight: Edublogs, Blogger, Wordpress

Leadership Profile: Jimmy Casas

3. Personalizing Learning Plans in Action
Empower Staff to Design Their Own Learning

Designing the Personalized Roadmap

Expanding Boundaries

Tool Spotlight: Tweetdeck

Tool Spotlight: The Official Chat List

Leadership Profile: Laura Fleming

4. Developing the 21st Century Professional Learning Mindset
Professional Learning is Collaborative

Job-Embedded Professional Learning and the Role of Coaching

Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning is Engaging

Professional Learning is Relevant and On Demand

Tool Spotlight: Voxer

Leadership Profile: Tom Whitford

5. Shifting the Focus Forward
Common Core Shifts Require Shifts in Professional Learning

From Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side to Meddler in the Middle

A Call to Action


"In this digital age, teachers and education leadership need to learn the most meaningful ways to help students learn with digital tools. Murray and Zoul have created the book to help educators develop professionally with technology so that they truly understand how to help their learners. Every school should get this book in the hands of their teachers."


Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Education Consultant
Author, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers

"Murray and Zoul remind us that all educators are, at their core, still learners. Leading Professional Learning is a call for all teachers and administrators to be models for their students: curious about new ideas, and armed with the skills to discover answers. This book prepares them well for all of this."

Angela Maiers, Education Consultant
Author, Classroom Habitudes

As teachers, we are always modeling being a life-long learner for our students. We push ourselves to take risks and learn new strategies so that we can better serve the students we care for each day. However, sometimes it's not always feasible to take time off for a workshop or connect in person. That is why I appreciate books like this so much. Murray and Zoul have collected a variety of practical resources each teacher can adopt to expand his or her professional practice.

Erin Klein, Teacher and Blogger

"As of now there are about 20 books in the Corwin Connected Educator Series, a seemingly ever-growing set of titles masterminded by Peter DeWitt and Corwin Press. Each book is short enough to be read in one sitting, which makes the collection ideal for book studies and professional development, both during the summer and throughout the school year. Also, each paperback is authored by one or two educators who speak (and blog, tweet, etc.) with a credible voice in the world of connected education. Some of the topics include:
  • Flipped leadership
  • Tools for connecting educators, parents, and communities
  • Blogging for educators
  • Best practices for establishing a makerspace
  • Tools to connect and empower teachers

Finally, all of the authors are active on social media, and they regularly present at local conferences, which helps in bringing to life the contents of these books."

Ross Cooper, Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12
Salisbury Township School District, Edutopia
Key features
  • This book will help school leaders personalize PD for their teachers
  • Teachers will be empowered to take more leadership in their PD and therefore be able to design more meaningful learning experiences for themselves
  • The authors give leaders and teachers a plethora of PD resources
  • They will also feature stories from other educators who have personalized PD

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