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Book Talk: Helping Educators Grow: Strategies and Practices for Leadership Development, with Eleanor Drago-Severson

Writes Eleanor Drago-Severson, Associate Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, "How can we help aspiring and practicing leaders develop the internal capacities they need to teach, learn, and lead in the increasingly complex environment that constitutes the field of education today?" In Helping Educators Grow: Strategies and Practices for Leadership Development (Harvard Education Press, 2012), Drago-Severson presents a new learning-oriented model of leadership development that draws on twenty-five years of teaching and research with educators from around the world. Favoring the creation of professional learning environments that fully support adult growth, she presents and elaborates on a valuable conceptual framework based on the core elements of care, respect, trust, collaboration, and intentionality.

Praise reviewers:

"Understanding and growing internal capacities-cognitive, emotional, self-to-self, and self-to-others-is central to the growth and development of education leaders, wherever they are in their careers. Drago-Severson deftly interweaves theory and practice to help individuals develop these capacities and become more effective and engaging leaders. By investing in our leaders and their development, we improve the learning experiences for all who enter our schools." 
--Ed Dieterle, Senior Program Officer for Research, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

"Drago-Severson maintains that for schools to be places of academic excellence for students, they must first be places of academic excellence for educators. This book is a blueprint for improving the talents and capacities of our teachers and school leaders-the key to improving outcomes for children."
--Deanna Burney, Executive Director, Leading by Learning, LLC 

"This book speaks so thoughtfully to the myriad ways in which school leaders may become active makers of their school communities. It takes very seriously the art and craft of adult development by offering practical strategies and approaches to building educational communities filled with possibility, deep learning, and hope."
--Richard Ackerman, Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Maine, College of Education and Human Development

Ellie Drago Severson is widely respected for her groundbreaking work in adult development, leadership, and capacity building in learning communities. In addition to numerous journal articles, she is the author of several books, among them, Leading Adult Learning: Supporting Adult Development in Our Schools (Corwin, 2009); Becoming Adult Learners: Principles and Practices for Effective Development (Teachers College Press, 2004); and Helping Teachers Learn: Principal Leadership for Adult Growth and Development (Corwin, 2004). She served as lead researcher on the Adult Development Team of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) at Harvard University and consults with school leaders on principals' and teachers' professional development and leadership for adult learning. Drago-Severson has served as a teacher, program designer, program director, consultant, and staff developer in K-12 schools, higher education, and businesses in the U.S. and abroad. She conducts research, teaches courses, and delivers workshops on leadership for adult development, mentoring, building teams, and enhancing school capacity domestically and internationally. Drago-Severson's work has been supported with awards from the Spencer Foundation, the Klingenstein Foundation, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she served as lecturer on education for eight years. While at Harvard, she was awarded the 2005 Morningstar Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ellie earned her B.A. from Long Island University; Ed.M. and Ed.D (in Human Development and Psychology), from Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Postdoctoral Fellowship, also from Harvard University.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Vice President's Office for Diversity and Community Affairs and Gottesman Libraries.

Persons interested in attending may rsvp by Monday, December 10th.

Where: 306 Russell

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