- xxvi, 204 pages ; 24 cm.
- Contents: Part I: Connecting the old and the new in teacher learning : 1. Not higher education, a new school model -- 2. The emergence of teacher as learner-collaborator-leader -- 3. Toward an intentionally developmental school -- 4. School culture, human development, and teacher development -- 5. The primacy of culture and the promise of professional learning communities -- Part II: The promise of professional development schools : 6. Professional development schools interrupted -- 7. Professional development schools foreshadow a new school model -- 8. The path to a model school: Tina's story -- Part III: Working together authentically : 9. Community and authenticity as drivers of learning -- 10. Authenticating student and teacher development by examining learning engagement.Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-202).Summary: The purpose of Teachers at Their Best: The Case for a New School Model and a New Teaching Concept is to change the conversation about teacher induction, preparation, and development , and how we create effective teachers. Rich Waters posits that our national discussion needs to move away from how higher education can do a better job preparing our teachers and, instead, move toward how our local schools can do a better job inducting, preparing, and developing our teachers over a full career. This book clarifies that teachers are at their best when they are working together in collaborative cultures where teacher-thinking and decision-making lead schools in continuous improvement and change. Elaborating on the importance of these best conditions for optimal teacher development, this book will insist that it is the entirety of a school culture that produces effective teachers, and schools with authentic learning communities produce the cultures that produce effective teachers--back cover.