Breaking Down Learning Barriers to Transform Professional Practice
- Steven Katz - Director, Aporia Consulting Ltd. and Faculty Member, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
- Lisa Ain Dack - Senior Associate, Aporia Consulting Ltd. and Instructor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
Continuing Professional Development | Leadership | Professional Learning Communities
"Excuse this important interruption! Before your learning team goes much further, it needs to stop, read, and collectively reflect on Katz’s insights. This book will identify those sticky challenges and how you can optimize your joint work."
"In the work to implement professional learning communities (PLC’s), the practice for many schools and districts has been diluted, misinterpreted, or poorly implemented. [The author(s)] incisively show how effectively to address the professional learning part of PLC’s."
"Few books challenge your thinking of a field to this degree. The authors reveal the secret key to unlocking true professional learning and thus impact for students."
"Intentional Interruption is essential reading for every educator involved in planning or facilitating professional development and professional learning communities. The authors explain why professional development often fails to achieve its purpose, and offer practical suggestions to empower teacher learning. Grounded in research about how humans think, and supported by the authors’ work in schools, this book challenges the status quo of professional learning, and guides educational leaders toward wise choices for addressing the needs of teachers in their community.
"Educators have spent the last several years becoming proficient at discussing student work and student learning. It’s now time to shift our work and thinking to how we, as educators, learn. Intentional Interruption defines true professional learning, identifies the barriers to that kind of learning and offers suggestions for making educator learning the focus of our learning communities. This book will change the way you think of ‘professional development.’"
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: From Activity to Learning