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The School Leader's Guide to Learner-Centered Education
From Complexity to Simplicity

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August 2008 | 288 pages | Corwin

"The time is right and the need is profound for learner-centered practices in schools. McCombs and Miller describe the tools available and how a school can use them to make substantial changes that increase student performance."
—Jean W. Pierce, Professor of Educational Psychology
Northern Illinois University

A new leadership paradigm for increasing collaboration and boosting achievement!

In today's educational environment, school leaders must find new ways to create a positive school climate for staff and students while helping them meet rigorous testing and accountability requirements.

The School Leader's Guide to Learner-Centered Education introduces a transformative leadership model for creating and sustaining a learner-centered school environment. Using core principles of educational psychology, the authors examine how educators can support student growth, development, and achievement by focusing on key factors such as cognition, metacognition, motivation, affect, and individual differences. Numerous reflective exercises, assessment tools, and real-life success stories help readers:

  • Provide moral leadership for creating school change
  • Incorporate learning standards without sacrificing student engagement
  • Form learner-centered support groups that utilize networking and technology
  • Prepare students for the challenges of global citizenship
  • Promote success for diverse populations and marginalized groups

Designed to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving world, this new leadership paradigm provides school principals, superintendents, and district leaders with the means to engage all members of the educational community in a lifelong process of growth, improvement, and empowerment.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Why This Is a Time for Change
Why Read This Book?  
Schools as Living Systems  
What Does "Learner-Centered" Mean?  
How This Book Is Organized  
How Do You Like to Learn?  
 
2. What We Know About Learning and Leading
What Kind of Learner and Leader Are You?  
What Does Existing Evidence Say About Leadership?  
The "Big Picture" View: An Ecology of Learning Model  
What It Means to Be Learner-Centered  
A Learner-Centered Educational Model  
What Are the New Notions of Schooling as Part of Living Systems?  
Self-Reflections  
What's Next  
 
3. What the Learner-Centered Model Means for Practice
What It Means to Be a Learner-Centered Leader  
What the Research Shows About the Effectiveness of Learner-Centered Models  
How the Learner-Centered Principles Translate Into Practice at the School Level  
Implications for Leadership and Building Communities of Learners  
Self-Reflections  
What's Next  
 
4. The Tools Needed for the Journey
Tools for the Journey Within  
Tools for a School-Level Assessment System and Leadership Process  
Implications of Implementing Learner-Centered Leadership Tools  
Tools for Answering the Truly Important Questions  
Self-Assessment and Reflection Tools to Chart the Journey  
Self-Reflections  
What's Next  
 
5. What Learner-Centered Assessment Tools Can Accomplish
What Is Expected of Our Educational System?  
How School Leaders Can Provide What Is Wanted  
The Big Issues Facing Today's School Leaders  
The Leader's New Role in Staff Development  
Background and Supporting Research for the Assessment of Learner-Centered Practices Surveys  
Experiencing the School-Level Assessment of Learner-Centered Practices Survey for Yourself  
Self-Reflections  
What's Next  
 
6. How We Can Move Toward New Student and System Outcomes
Understanding What Is and What Could Be  
Aligning the New Vision With Existing Realities  
Dealing With Current System Inequities in New Systems Designs  
The Learning Partnerships and Networks That We Need  
The Learning Partnerships You Will Need  
Self-Reflections  
What's Next  
 
7. How We Develop Leadership Qualities From Within
New Ideas From Brain Research  
Preparing for the Future  
Other Characteristics of the Needed Framework  
Further Leadership Challenges in Creating Learner-Centered Models  
What It Means to Develop Capacity From Within  
A Summary: Moving From Complexity to Simplicity  
Summary  
Conclusion  
Self-Reflections  
Introduction to Summary Chapter  
Introduction to Additional Resources  
 
8. Summary of Major Points in Each Chapter
Chapter 1: Why This Is a Time For Change  
Chapter 2: What We Know About Learning and Leading  
Chapter 3: What the Learner-Centered Model Means for Practice  
Chapter 4: The Tools Needed for the Journey  
Chapter 5: What the Learner-Centered Assessment Tools Can Accomplish  
Chapter 6: How We Can Move Toward New Student and System Outcomes  
Chapter 7: How We Can Develop Leadership Qualities From Within  
 
Appendix
 
Resources
 
Glossary of Learner-Centered Terms
 
References
 
Index

"This book is for any school that promotes book studies for professional development or that is looking for ways to reach the student in a personal manner."

Jean L. Krsak, Faculty, CalStateTEACH
California State University, Fullerton

“The time is right and the need is profound for learner-centered practices in schools. McCombs and Miller describe the tools available and how a school can use them to make substantial changes that increase student performance.”

Jean W. Pierce, Professor of Educational Psychology
Northern Illinois University

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