Gail Bush is associate professor and director of the School Library Media Program, Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. For ten years, she was curriculum librarian in suburban Chicago at Maine West High School Library Resource center, honored with the AASL National School Library Media Program of the Year Award in 1996. Bush was named North Suburban Library System School Librarian of the Year in 1998-99 for her leadership in collaboration between her school program and the local public library. Her administrative experience includes work in corporate and academic libraries. She holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago and an M.S. in library science and a B.A. in anthropology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A frequent speaker, Bush publishes articles on numerous topics including modeling for lifelong reading, poetry, information literacy, youth activism, and creativity.
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The School Buddy System shows you how to dive in headfirst and come out with a truly collaborative learning environment where the goal is student success.
Building on existing educational standards, such as the International Reading Association?s Standards for Reading Professionals and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards, this innovative book is packed with proven tools, including:
- A ready-to-use framework for setting up a collaborative relationship
- 40 discussion prompts that will help initiate discussion and lively debate
- Common characteristics for establishing a collaborative mind-set
- Thought-provoking quotes from education scholars and practitioners that help you step into the shoes of other team players
If you're involved in K–12 education, whether as librarian, school media specialist, teacher, administrator, or policymaker, The School Buddy System will give you a framework of outcomes-driven "open the classroom door."
Part I: Ready
Chapter 1: Educator Collaboration Today
Definitions of Collaboration
Chapter 2: Collaboration in Context
Two Decades of Reform
A Balanced View of Collaboration
Leadership in Collaborative Models
Chapter 3: The Teaching Profession
The Culture of Teaching
Societal Influences on Education
Chapter 4: Teaching and Learning
Chapter 5: The Professional Community
The "How-To" of Teacher Research
Communities of Scholar-Teachers
From PDS to BRT
Part II: Set
Chapter 6: A Collaborative Mind-Set
Habits of Mind
Chapter 7: Educator Collaboration: A Framework and Reflections
Why Are We Discussing Collaboration in the Schools?
Framework of Educator Collaboration
Part III: Dive
Chapter 8: The School Buddy System
What, Then, Is at Issue?
Lesson Study (Jugyou Kenkyuu)
Just One Piece of the Puzzle
The Collaboration Conversation Continues
The School Buddy System
Chapter 9: Conversation Prompts
"Bush extensively discusses both research studies about collaboration and the philosophy behind collaboration."
—Library Media Connection
"Dr. Bush is a gifted storyteller with a passionate devotion to improving teaching, learning and the essential collaborations at their core. This is an engaging book for reflective grow-ups who share responsibility for children's learning."—Hank Rubin, Joint Dean of Education and Professor of Educational Leadership, University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University
"By accentuating the time-honored skill of collaboration, Gail Bush revitalizes our human desire to learn from other people. This book is a treasure for anyone wanting to bring a fresh dialogue on how to improve education."—Dan Fouts, Co-founder, Mind University, Inc.