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Minding the Future
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Minding the Future
Revitalizing Learning Cultures Through Teacher Leadership

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September 2018 | 168 pages | Corwin

Harness the power of teacher collaboration and engagement to see real results for students! 

Welcome to Transform Academy, where committed teachers become teacher leaders, empowered to revitalize learning cultures while keeping the future in mind. This boundary-breaking professional-learning process—centered on teacher voice and grounded in foundations of collaboration and data-informed planning—challenges schools to move beyond accountability standards and toward innovative learning that ignites student engagement. 

As you follow the story of Transform Academy, you’ll find accompanying action steps to help you implement the process, along with strategies to inspire personalized instruction and redesign learning environments. Other supports include: 

  • Detailed and inspiring vignettes
  • Relevant research connections
  • Questions for discussion
  • Activities and prompts for individuals and teams
  • Links to professional-learning standards 

Follow Transform Academy’s journey of discovery, and see the results for yourself.

Minding the Future outlines a very clear framework for how a school might reimagine professional learning in support of results for students. What’s especially helpful are the tools and resources that will help educators through every step of the process. Thank you for bringing this great resource to the field!  
Frederick Brown, Deputy Executive Director, 
Learning Forward 


If you’ve been searching for proven strategies on creating a vision, planning, and establishing a learning culture ready for transformation, this is it. Written with knowledge only gained from experience, Minding the Future presents readers with clear plans, brought to life with anecdotes and stories, to lead their own professional learning transformations. This book is for educators wishing to embrace the future head-on and hand in hand!
Linda Macias, Associate Superintendent, 
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Houston, TX
   

 
 
PREFACE
Professional Learning to Inspire Vision and Voice

 
Audience

 
Transform Academy Design

 
Who We Are

 
Organization of This Book

 
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
 
Introduction to the Transform Academy
Scope, Purpose, and Goals

 
Transform Academy Design: Informing Our Driving Vision

 
Participant Selection

 
Transform Academy at a Glance

 
Becoming Comfortable With the Unknown

 
 
CHAPTER 1. Is Your Learning Culture Ready to Transform? Academy Pre-Session
Ask the Teachers

 
Establishing Your Vision for the Future

 
Essential Aspects of a Learning Culture Ready to Transform

 
Framework for Transforming a Learning Culture

 
Planning and Chronicling Your Transform Academy

 
Differentiated Approaches for Professional Learning

 
Key Ideas

 
Discussion Questions

 
Transform Academy Pre-Session Activities

 
Suggested Action Items

 
 
CHAPTER 2. Developing Collaborative Innovators: Session 1
Culture of Innovation: How Do You Define It?

 
Becoming a Collaborative Innovator

 
Professional Learning for Transform Academy Session 1

 
Key Ideas

 
Discussion Questions

 
Transform Academy Session 1 Activities

 
Suggested Action Items

 
 
CHAPTER 3. Teacher Voice: Session 2
Celebrating Teacher Innovation

 
Three Components of an Emerging Vision

 
Inspiring Teacher Voice

 
Teacher Leadership

 
Collaborative Innovator Mindset

 
How Mindsets Influence Teacher Voice

 
Professional Learning for Transform Academy Session 2

 
Developing Teacher Voice

 
Tapping Student Potential: It’s Time!

 
Key Ideas

 
Discussion Questions

 
Transform Academy Session 2 Activities

 
Suggested Action Items

 
 
CHAPTER 4. Open Permission to Dream: Sessions 3–6
If Only We Could . . .

 
Opening the Doors to Dreaming

 
Research and Risk Taking

 
Field Trips, Conferences, and Experts

 
Implementing New Learning Standards

 
Professional Learning for Transform Academy Sessions 3–6

 
Key Ideas

 
Discussion Questions

 
Transform Academy Sessions 3–6 Activities

 
Suggested Action Items

 
 
CHAPTER 5. Flexible Learning Environments: Session 7
Now Ask the Students

 
Promoting Differentiated Innovative Ideas

 
Encouraging Student Voice and Choice

 
Student Learning Communities and Personalized Learning

 
Classrooms Growing Toward Flexible Learning Environments

 
Professional Learning for Transform Academy Session 7

 
Key Ideas

 
Discussion Questions

 
Transform Academy Session 7 Activities

 
Suggested Action Items

 
 
CHAPTER 6. Student-Led Learning: Session 8
Teachers Learn to Code

 
Fostering Student-Led Learning

 
Essentials for Implementing Student-Led Learning

 
Professional Learning for Transform Academy Session 8

 
Key Ideas

 
Discussion Questions

 
Transform Academy Session 8 Activities

 
Suggested Action Items

 
 
CHAPTER 7. Sustaining the Momentum: Session 9
Welcome to the Learning Fair

 
Multi-Year Planning Cycle

 
The Significance of the Learning Fair

 
Key Ideas

 
Discussion Questions

 
Transform Academy Session 9 Activities

 
Suggested Action Items

 
 
CHAPTER 8. Parting Thoughts
Open Doors and Minds

 
Building Your Transform Academy

 
 
REFERENCES
 
INDEX

Supplements

WOW! – Where was this book when I became a principal?!? Within these pages is a delightful blend of background narrative and concrete processes that will assist you in bringing meaningfully and intentionally engaging instruction to every student. A compelling read, this book offers the instructional leader something that will help you change the game!

Rich Hall, Director of Elementary Education, Henrico County Public Schools; Henrico, VA
Henrico County Public Schools; Henrico, VA

This insightful step-by-step guide provides a roadmap for how one district was able to make this change, and how it can be duplicated in other districts or schools that are willing to accept this challenge.

Laura Von Staden, ESE Lead Teacher; Franklin Middle Magnet Boys Preparatory Academy; Tampa, FL
Franklin Middle Magnet Boys Preparatory Academy; Tampa, FL
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