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Evolving Learner

Evolving Learner
Shifting From Professional Development to Professional Learning From Kids, Peers, and the World

Foreword by Thomas C. Murray, A Joint Publication with Learning Forward

August 2020 | 192 pages | Corwin

Learn from Kids, Peers, and the World to Transform Professional Learning

What can kids teach us about educational practices? It turns out, plenty. PD is evolving into professional learning (PL), where personalized experiences focus on goals and outcomes, rather than seat time. In Evolving Learner, successful PL is framed through three critical sources: learning from kids, from peers, and from the world. Woven throughout the book are tangible connections to cycles of inquiry where a harmonious balance is the ultimate goal when students are engaged in inquiry for deeper learning and teachers are engaged in a parallel process to improve their practice.

  • The authors’ unique framework shifts away from factory model “PD” and transforms it into experiences tailored to kids’ and adult learners’ specific needs. Clear strategies for accomplishing PL are presented through 
  • A framework where both students and teachers are active agents of learning  
  • Cycles of inquiry to empower students to become the owners of learning  
  • Techniques to make thinking visible for teachers and students 
  • Cutting edge coverage of applying technology to professional learning including the use of social media, gamification, and digital badges 

The time is right to reclaim ownership of your professional learning: Evolving Learner is an essential guide for embarking on this journey.


Foreword by Thomas C. Murray
About the Authors
Honor the Learner: Kids

Leveraging the Most Abundant Resource in Our Schools

What Are They Thinking? Making Thinking Transparent to Tailor Instruction and Promote Teacher Inquiry

Ownership of Learning for All: Shifting From Students Who Consume Content to Learners Who Create Content

Looking Ahead


Honor the Learner: Peers

Workshops That Work: Renovating the One-Size-Fits-All Model

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Coaching Principles and Practices

Practices in Action: Feeling Connected, Seen, and Heard

Social-Emotional Learning

Parents/Families as Peers

Tips: Listen, Be Flexible, Care


Honor the Learner: World

Becoming an Edu-Explorer

Developing Your Tribe

Social Media

Tips: Filter, Edit, Focus, Balance

Lurk No More


In Closing
References and Further Reading

"Evolving Learner meets the needs of three important groups, teachers, coaches, teacher leaders and down in the trenches classroom teachers. This book is timely and encompasses all facets of sharing, developing and letting teachers know there is not one single answer to questions about professional development."

Cheryl Steele Oakes Med
Wells Ogunquit CSD

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