“This is a highly accessible introductory account of why we need curriculum-based professional learning and the changes needed, both structural and normative in educators’ practices, in different roles at all levels of school systems, to transform its promise into day-to-day instruction reliably implemented with quality at scale. Much of what we have learned from learning science and the first-hand work of improving schools over the last 30 years is succinctly summarized in the pages of this book.”
"The elements of curriculum-based professional learning encapsulate what school system leaders have long known: successful curriculum implementation and excellent teaching requires an informed, multi-pronged approach. This book weaves together research and real-world evidence in an actionable manner, equipping stakeholders with valuable tools that will have a profound impact on the K-12 education space."
"The adoption of high-quality instructional materials is one of the most promising developments of recent years. But even the best curricula don't teach themselves; only when educators have the chance to study materials at depth will this latest reform fulfill its potential. In this critically important book, James B. Short and Stephanie Hirsh offer a detailed guide for making it happen in the real world of schools and classrooms."
“Educators need and deserve high-quality instructional materials. But even the strongest, most educative curriculum is not enough on its own to support teachers and students. Transforming Teaching Through Curriculum-Based Professional Learning, through evidence, examples, and reflection clearly document the key components of curriculum-based professional learning and how to build them. This book is essential reading for all educators, administrators, policymakers and stakeholders.”
“This volume moves us past thinking of teachers as implementers of curriculum materials to thinking of teachers as learning engineers – professionals who apply their expertise and judgment to high-quality materials to drive learning gains. To demonstrate how we can make this transition, Jim Short and Stephanie Hirsh weave together engaging examples and research-proven, practical advice. This book is a must-have for anyone whose work touches teacher learning and instructional improvement.”
“This volume is one of the first of its kind to make a clear and compelling case for the connection between high-quality instructional materials and high-quality professional learning centered on those materials. This book can help with transforming the relevance and effectiveness of professional learning communities and reimagining traditional curriculum practices by moving from pacing guides and scripted curriculum to educative curriculum that supports and improves teacher practice.
“At last: A call for professional learning for teachers infused with the deepest respect for the actual work of teaching.
“We are teachers at heart, with 22 classroom years between us. Teachers deserve high quality materials accompanied by high quality professional learning, as Transformative Teaching through Curriculum-Based Professional Learning suggests. Educators bring The Elements to life for students, and we are especially convinced that the Core Design Features - Curriculum, Transformative Learning, and Equity - play a critical role.”