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UGA College of Education retired faculty co-author new guide for instructional leaders

Athens, Ga. – Two retired University of Georgia College of Education faculty members, who have been influential in national education reform throughout their careers, have joined two of their colleagues to co-author a new guide for instructional leaders.

Frances Hensley and Carl Glickman recently partnered in writing and editing, “Leading for Powerful Learning: A Guide for Instructional Leaders” (Teachers College Press), a book that describes a unique adult learning framework and addresses a broad spectrum of challenges instructional leaders at the district and school levels may face. The book is written for mentors, instructional coaches, principals, department heads or anyone facing the task of leading adults in their schools.

“Leading for Powerful Learning” provides instructional leaders with both educational theory and practice and includes a variety of tools that leaders can apply to support teacher learning in schools, districts, departments and teams. The authors note specific strategies, formats and tools that an instructional leader can use to support new and veteran principals and teacher leaders.

Glickman is president of the Institute for Schools, Education, and Democracy and professor emeritus of education at UGA. In a career that spanned two decades at UGA, Glickman and his colleagues founded the Georgia League of Professional Schools, a nationally validated network of high functioning public schools dedicated to the principles of democratic education. In 1997, he was awarded the University Professorship for bringing “distinction to the mission of the university,” and students honored him as the faculty member who had the greatest influence on them “both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Hensley is a founding member and director of the School Reform Initiative, where she supports the learning of educators. During 15 years at UGA and 11 years as a public school educator, Hensley has made significant contributions to outreach and service. As one of the original public service faculty members in the UGA College of Education and the first to be promoted to the rank of senior public service associate, Hensley brought service and outreach to the forefront of the college’s mission. In 2002, Hensley was awarded UGA’s Walter Barnard Hill Award for distinguished achievement in public service and outreach.

Glickman and Hensley worked together in the UGA-based League of Professional Schools, a practitioner-driven network of schools where each school implemented a democratic learning community that is student-oriented and focused on improving teaching and learning for all from 1996-2002.

Their co-authors include Angela Breidenstein, an associate professor in the department of education at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and Kevin Fahey, coordinator of programs in Educational Leadership at Salem State University in Salem, Mass.


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