Schools derived of learning community cultures consistently provide students better learning outcomes than traditional schools. The book argues that the current approach to preparing teachers as independent agents via on campus classes is not only ineffective, but deprives teachers of extensive development opportunities. The proper location of teacher induction and development is in local schools that are derived of a learning community culture where teachers have a full career of professional development.
Rich Waters is a career high school teacher and Ph.D. whose interests in school reform and teacher education led him to assist in the creation and co-coordination of a professional development school and later to become a founding member of the National Association of Professional Development Schools. His decades of work and recent research in a high school helped him to see the need to situate teacher induction, preparation and development in local schools, not on the campuses of higher education.
Part I Confronting the Failure of Higher Education in Teacher Preparation
Part II The Promise of Professional Development Schools
Part III Tina Betrayed: Higher Education’s Refusal to Change