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Geoffrey Caine and Renate N. Caine
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How can educators create a collective method of professional development that results in the genuine, sustained teacher learning essential to improving student achievement? That question is at the heart of this comprehensive and practical guide to process learning circles, a unique and powerful way to develop, strengthen, and enrich professional learning communities.
Authors Geoffrey and Renate N. Caine have dedicated more than 20 years to researching how people learn naturally. From this foundation, they describe in detail how process learning circles work, and they provide readers with a clear understanding of how powerful and successful this approach to professional learning can be. Along the way, they explore
Examples from schools that have implemented process learning circles provide evidence of the method’s success, and the authors also include an explanation of 12 underlying brain/mind learning principles, guidelines for using online tools, and broader suggestions for how to move from teaching for memorization to teaching for understanding. Written with both teachers and administrators in mind, Strengthening and Enriching Your Professional Learning Community: The Art of Learning Together is an essential guide to professional learning and development that works.
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"What Strengthening and Enriching Your Professional Learning Community: The Art of Learning Together will do is put the means for relevant, practical, thoughtful professional development back in your hands as the teacher."
—Becky Osterfeld, 8th grade language arts teacher, Beavercreek, Ohio
This review first appeared on Middleweb.
GEOFFREY CAINE is a learning consultant, process coach, and writer. He is Codirector of the Caine Learning Center and Executive Director of the Natural Learning Research Institute. Geoffrey has an extensive background in adult education, having been a tenured member of a faculty of law in Australia, Education Services Manager of a national software company, and National Director of the Mind/Brain Network of the American Society of Training and Development.
RENATE N. CAINE is an education consultant, researcher, and writer. She is Codirector of the Caine Learning Center, Director of Research and Professional Development at the Natural Learning Institute, and Professor Emeritus of Education at California State University in San Bernardino (CSUSB). Renate has taught or worked with teachers at every level from kindergarten to university, and her work with schools has been featured on Teacher TV; on the Discovery Channel; on "Wizards of Wisdom," shown on PBS; and elsewhere.
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