Author: Thomas C. Murray and Jeffrey J. Zoul
Pub Date: January 13, 2015

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Reviews for Leading Professional Learning

"Leading Professional Learning: Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers masterfully connects how and why professional learning for teachers can be transformed. It's an accessible, practical resource that every educator should have in their toolkit."
Cindy Johanson, Executive Director
Edutopia, George Lucas Educational Foundation

"This is a brief, but powerful, book about making professional learning for teachers more meaningful and personal. Murray and Zoul have identified several important ways to improve how we support our teachers' learning so that they are better equipped to support their students. The book offers practical tips that schools and districts can take and use immediately."
Todd Whitaker, Professor of Department of Educational Leadership
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana

"There is nothing more important than the professional learning of teachers. Murray and Zoul outline easy to implement strategies while providing an array of tools to assist any educator, regardless of experience, take control of his or her learning."
Eric Sheninger, Author of Digital Leadership

"Too many school leaders dread staff meetings and professional development days because they aren't prepared to make these events meaningful learning opportunities for their staff members. This book will help school leaders feel excited about the next staff learning event by giving them the knowledge and tools to make a positive impact on those they lead."
Curt Rees, Principal
Northern Hills School, Onalaska, Wisconsin

“Murray and Zoul outline what it takes to be a Future Ready School District as it relates to professional learning. It is imperative that school districts move from the one-size-fits-all, sit and get model of professional learning to a system where teachers are empowered, human capacity is built, staff take ownership of their own learning, and leaders serve as a models in their own learning. This book offers practical advice that can be implemented by any educator and is a needed tool for their tool chest!"  
Governor Bob Wise, President
Alliance for Excellent Education

“Murray and Zoul present a refreshingly practical guide for bringing professional learning into the 21st century. In addition to sharing a compelling vision for how technology can supercharge collaboration among educators, they also provide specific approaches and tools so anyone can make the transformation in their own school.”
Richard Culatta, Education Innovator

"As a teacher, it's refreshing to read a book that describes how districts can transform old-fashioned, one-size-fits-all professional development into differentiated, professional learning experiences that are beneficial for all involved! I sincerely hope that some day soon, all educators are afforded the opportunity to move from 'renting' to 'owning' their professional learning. Empower us to make the right decisions with regard to our professional growth and we will be more invested in learning, taking risks, and expecting the same from our students!"
Paul A. Solarz, 5th Grade Teacher
Westgate Elementary School, Arlington Heights, IL

"In this book, Murray & Zoul have crafted a must-have educator guide supporting movement away from conventional one-size professional development and toward 21st Century lifelong personalized learning. Along the reading route, authors point out meaningful professional resources, share compelling anecdotes, and introduce easily accessed and collaborative technologies. Concise, practical, and current! Even a well-connected educator might learn a thing a two!"
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry, Ed.D.
Educational Consultant & Professional Growth Facilitator

"In this digital age, teachers and education leadership need to learn the most meaningful ways to help students learn with digital tools. Murray and Zoul have created the book to help educators develop professionally with technology so that they truly understand how to help their learners. Every school should get this book in the hands of their teachers.”
Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Education Consultant
Author, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers