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Updated Edition of Bestseller

Reflective Practice for Renewing Schools

An Action Guide for Educators

By: Jennifer York-Barr, William Arthur Sommers, Gail S. Ghere, Jo Montie

The updated bestseller reenergizes your teaching life with research-based strategies, examples of reflective practice in action, a new chapter on leadership, and a companion website.
Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506350516
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 368
  • Publication date: June 13, 2016

Price: $43.95

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Renew your teaching and your passion with this updated bestseller!

The teaching life can be hectic, complex, and even lonely. That’s why so many educators turn to reflective practice to reenergize their commitment to students—and to themselves. Reflective practice counteracts the effects of professional isolation and instills a personal and communal sense of meaning, renewal, and empowerment.

This best-selling book offers research-based and practical ideas and strategies for using reflective practice individually, with colleagues, schoolwide, and even district-wide. Features of the newest edition include:

  • Updated strategies for engaging adults and students and using reflective practices to create equitable outcomes
  • New examples of reflective practice in action
  • A new chapter on the core leadership practices for growing reflective practice
  • A new companion website with resources and reflection protocols

When you make reflective practice part of your journey as an educator, your insights benefit everyone—and ensure enhanced learning and development for students.

“This book is one of the best in the field. It lends itself to practical solutions if the reader remembers that the gifts of time and relationships are at the center of this work. The book takes a lot of theory and melts it down to hands-on pieces doable in a school or district setting.”
—Michele R. Dean, Coordinator, Ventura County Indian Education Consortium
Ventura Unified School District, CA

“The book has broken down reflection into its component parts, cycles, characteristics, and capacities. I applaud the insights and experiences of the authors.”
—Pat Roy, Senior Consultant
Learning Forward

Key features

1) Thoroughly updated edition of a bestselling title focuses on using reflective practice to further individual teacher growth, effectiveness of teacher teams and whole school/systemwide improvement.
2) Filled with detailed case examples of reflective practice in action as enacted in a variety of settings.
3) All new chapter on leadership


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Jennifer York-Barr

Jennifer York-Barr received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her development, research and teaching has been grounded in partnerships with schools and school districts. Her early worked focused most specifically on creating classroom communities in which students with various exceptionalities were included. That work grew into a broader focus on growing school communities grounded in conversations that support ongoing reflective practice and learning. She has been honored with several college and university level teaching awards and has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications most of which are focused on instructional collaboration, inclusive schooling, teacher leadership and professional learning.

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William Arthur Sommers

William A. Sommers, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas, continues to be a learner, teacher, principal, author, leadership coach, and consultant. Bill has come out of retirement five times to put theory into practice. He was on the Board of Trustees for five years and President for the National Staff Development Council now called Learning Forward.

Dr. Sommers is the former Executive Director for Secondary Curriculum and Professional Learning for Minneapolis Public Schools, and a school administrator for over 30 years. In addition to being an adjunct faculty member at several universities, he has been a program director for an adolescent chemical dependency treatment center and on the board of a halfway house for 20 years.

Bill has co-authored eight books, and co-authored chapters in several other books. In January 2016 Bill and his colleague Skip Olsen launched a website which includes educational blogs, new rules, and book reviews. Bill is a practitioner who integrates theory into leading and facilitating schools. Dr. Sommers has continued to be a leadership coach for over 25 years to school administrators.

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Gail S. Ghere

Gail Ghere

Gail received her PhD from University of Minnesota in educational policy and program evaluation. She has a Masters degree in Special Education with practice experience as a related service provider. Over her career, she worked in Pre K-12 education in rural, suburban, and urban school districts. She also has served as a program evaluator for K-12 education, higher education, and private foundations. She is the co-author of several publications on collaboration, program evaluation, and paraprofessional development. Her belief in equitable outcomes and inclusive learning opportunities for students has guided her work throughout her career whether she was working directly with students, supporting adult learning or developing programs that met the needs of diverse learners.

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Jo Montie

Jo Montie

Jo received her MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota (1996) and a BS in Behavioral Disabilities from the University of WI-Madison (1984) when she started her work in schools as a special education teacher. She has been teaching at the University of St. Thomas since 2003 where she also contributes leadership in the areas of teacher education program development and online teaching and learning. Jo’s over 25 years of teaching and work in schools continues to stress the need for more collaboration, reflective practice and greater access and equity for all learners.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Practice Examples

Foreword by Arthur L. Costa



About the Authors

Chapter 1. Reflective Practice for Renewing Schools

     The Potential of Reflective Practice to Renew Schools

     Core Components of the Reflective Practice Cycle

     Who Is a Reflective Educator?


Chapter 2. Fundamentals for Reflective Practice

     What Are Some Ways Brain Research and Adult Learning Principles Inform Reflective Practice?

     A Framework for Growing Reflective Practice Communities


Chapter 3. Leading Reflective Practice

     Guidelines for Leading Reflective Practice Communities


Chapter 4. Individual Reflective Practice

     Special Considerations for Individual Reflective Practice

     Individual Reflective Practice: Practice Examples

     Individual Reflective Practice: More Ideas to Consider

     Getting Started With Individual Reflective Practice

Chapter 5. Reflective Practice With Partners

     Special Considerations for Reflective Practice With Partners

     Reflective Practice With Partners: Practice Examples

     Reflective Practice With Partners: More Ideas to Consider

     Getting Started With Reflective Practice Partners

     Finally, What Do You Do When Nothing Seems to Work?

Chapter 6. Reflective Practice in Small Groups and Teams

     Special Considerations for Reflective Practice in Small Groups and Teams

     Reflective Practice in Small Groups and Teams: Practice Examples

     Reflective Practice in Small Groups and Teams: More Ideas to Consider

     Getting Started With Reflective Practice in Small Groups and Teams

Chapter 7. Schoolwide Reflective Practice

     Special Considerations for Schoolwide Reflective Practices

     Practice Examples of Schoolwide Reflective Practice

     Getting Started With Schoolwide Reflective Practice


Chapter 8. Moving Forward With Reflective Practice . . . in Hope and Possibility

     Revisiting the Reflective Practice Cycle

     Lessons Learned About Reflective Practice

     Fostering Hope and Renewal