Leading adult learning: Supporting adult development in our schools

| February 8, 2011

Title: Leading adult learning : Supporting adult development in our schools

Author: Eleanor Drago-Severson

Publisher: Corwin Press

Call Number: LB1731 .D7 2009

From the Publisher:

Support the growth and development of all adults—teachers, principals, and superintendents—in your school community!

Educators at every level go through different stages of development over the course of their lives and need different kinds of supports and challenges to grow. Leading Adult Learning introduces a model of adult development that helps school and district leaders consciously cultivate teacher, principal, and superintendent capacities in the educational workplace.

Eleanor Drago-Severson’s developmental model of learning-oriented school leadership draws from multiple knowledge domains, including adult learning, developmental theory, leadership practice, and organizational collaboration. The book shows school leaders how to foster growth and learning for individuals with different needs and developmental orientations. With a focus on research and application, this volume:

  • Details four Pillar Practices for growth—teaming, providing leadership roles, collegial inquiry, and mentoring—which can support all adults
  • Presents extensive research and practical application from principals, teachers, superintendents, and other school leaders from across the nation
  • Includes application exercises, reflective questions, and lessons from the field to assist you in applying this learning-oriented model to your school and school system

Drago-Severson makes a compelling case for deliberately supporting adult development within and across school systems to enhance adults’ capacities, school improvement, and student achievement.

About the Author:

Eleanor Drago-Severson is an associate professor of education in the department of organization and leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to her research into adult learning and leadership, she was a teacher, administrator, and staff developer in K-12 schools in New York, Florida, and Massachusetts. Drago-Severson teaches, conducts research, and consults with teachers, principals, and other educational leaders. Her work is inspired by the idea that schools must be places where adults as well as children can grow.

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