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Empowered Educators. How High–Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality Around the World

  • ID: 3979003
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Empowered Educators is the first volume in a series by celebrated educator Linda Darling–Hammond and a team of distinguished scholars. Across four continents and five countries, they examine seven jurisdictions that developed comprehensive teaching policy systems: Singapore, Finland, the states of New South Wales and Victoria in Australia, the provinces of Alberta and Ontario in Canada, and the province of Shanghai in China.

This book describes how these countries have carefully developed, planned, and implemented teaching and learning systems, as well as detailing the lessons that may be learned from these diverse systems. These countries have demonstrated considerable success on international indicators of educational quality that emphasize the kinds of higher–order skills needed in contemporary societies.

Empowered Educators describes how this seemingly magical work is done. The authors show how seven international educational systems create a coherent set of policies designed to ensure quality teaching in all communities and how the results of these policies are brought to life in the classroom.

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Foreword v

Acknowledgments xi

About the Sponsoring Organizations xiii

About the Lead Authors xv

Online Documents and Videos xvii

Chapter 1 Teaching Policy Around the World 1

What Kinds of Policies Affect Teaching? 3

Why Study International Teaching Policy? 5

Why Study These Jurisdictions? 8

What We Found 12

Developing Both Teacher Quality and Teaching Quality 17

Organization of This Book 19

Chapter 2 Contexts for Teaching and Learning Systems 21

Australia 22

Canada 26

Finland 32

Shanghai 36

Singapore 43

Summary 47

Chapter 3 Recruiting and Preparing Profession–Ready Teachers 49

Recruiting the Best 50

Financial Compensation 50

Attractiveness of the Profession 53

Selection Practices 55

Preparing Professionals 61

Preparation That Enables Professional Practice 68

Induction 88

Lessons Learned 100

Chapter 4 Developing High–Quality Teaching 105

Incentives and Infrastructure for Learning 107

Time and Opportunity for Collaboration 111

Curriculum Development and Lesson Study 116

Teacher Research 123

Teacher–Led Professional Development 127

Feedback and Appraisal 132

Lessons Learned 146

Chapter 5 The Teaching Career and Leadership for the Profession 149

Career Pathways 150

Opportunities to Lead Professional Learning 163

Recruiting and Developing School Leaders 168

Lessons Learned 182

Chapter 6 Perseverance in the Pursuit of Equity 185

Resourcing Student Learning 186

Recruiting and Supporting Teachers in High–Needs Schools 193

Lessons Learned 208

Chapter 7 Global Learning for Ongoing Improvement 211

Policy Borrowing: Learning From Success 212

New Horizons 224

Conclusion 232

Appendix A Research Methodology 241

Appendix B Qilun Elementary School Lesson Plan 243

Appendix C Qibao Teaching Contest Evaluation Form 249

References 253

Index 271

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Linda Darling–Hammond
Dion Burns
Carol Campbell
A. Lin Goodwin
Karen Hammerness
Ee–Ling Low
Ann McIntyre
Mistilina Sato
Ken Zeichner
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