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Education Book Spotlight: Learning Transformed by Eric Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray

September 5, 2017

You may have caught my Facebook Live update a few weeks ago where I shared a few of the books I’ve spent time with this summer. One of the favorites from my summer reading list is Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools Today (ASCD, 2017). Co-authored by Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray, two powerhouses in the field, this book is a must read for anyone working in schools.

Learning Transformed combines actionable, ready-for-tomorrow tips for school leaders with a collection of powerful research to apply to your practice. It provides advice for school leaders directly connected to school stories and will definitely make you think about your personal and professional goals. The book is organized into chapters connected to “eight keys” for rethinking the ways school work, including how to leverage technology and best practices for collaborating and engaging with your community.

Learning Transformed

As a reader, I found myself reflecting on the seemingly small, everyday decisions I make – like the vocabulary I use to describe the passive and active use of technology in schools – as well as big ideas related to learning experiences and leadership. This year I’ve spent time thinking about collaborative learning and how technology can be used to energize these experiences. The authors discuss the importance of designing learning spaces for collaborative learning, “If we are truly going to ensure that students become college and career ready — or more importantly — life ready, then we must help develop students who can work together, engage in respectful discourse, problem solve, and collaborate in both physical and virtual spaces” (p. 111).

In addition to highlighting the research on what type of professional learning is most effective, the authors provide an overview of PD opportunities definitely worth exploring. From EdCamps to Ignite Talks, there are so many ways to dive into a new topic with colleagues and learn about something new. Not only will readers find a variety of ideas to update the way you might think about PD, you’ll learn about ways to shift your school culture to embrace the big changes needed for school to be ready for the needs of not just today but tomorrow too.

I definitely recommend picking up a copy of Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools Today – it’s available now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle!

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Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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