From the Back Cover
Linda Darling-Hammond, Brigid Barron, P. David Pearson, Alan H. Schoenfeld, Elizabeth K. Stage, Timothy D. Zimmerman, Gina N. Cervetti, Jennifer L. Tilson
Powerful Learning is a comprehensive and engaging record of the most effective K12 teaching practicesincluding project-based learning, cooperative learning, performance-based assessment, as well as instructional strategies in literacy, mathematics, and science. The authors explore the ways in which these models generate meaningful student understanding through rich classroom stories and correlating online videos of innovative teaching (located at www.edutopia.org). This book offers insights into how educators can enable students to think critically, transfer skills and knowledge, and be flexible problem solvers?both inside and outside the classroom walls.
Praise for Powerful Learning
"Powerful Learning is a great compendium of approaches to teaching that can generate real learning. It reviews the relevant research base, offers practical examples of the research in use, and focuses on long-term goalsand how various teaching and learning activities support these goals."
Catherine Snow, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
"This outstanding book is a 'must read' the authors make so many crystal clear and helpful arguments for the need to teach for understanding."
John Bransford, James W. Mifflin University Professor of Education and Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle
"We are extraordinarily lucky to have this highly readable book that helps us make 'powerful learning' not just a slogan, but a reality. "
Deborah Meier, senior scholar and adjunct professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education
About the Author
Brigid Barron is Associate Professor of the Learning Sciences in Stanford University's School of Education and directs the YouthLAB research group.
P. David Pearson is coauthor of the Heinemann titles Comprehension Going Forward and What Every Teacher Should Need Know About Reading Comprehension Instruction. He has served President of the National Reading Conference (NRC), Director of the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, and on the boards of directors for the International Reading Association, NRC, and Association of American Colleges of Teacher Education. He is the author of dozens of influential books and peer-reviewed articles, the founding editor of the Handbook of Reading Research, as well as a former editor of Reading Research Quarterly and the Review of Research in Education. His many awards include the 1989 Oscar Causey Award (NRC) for contributions to reading research, the 1990 William S. Gray Citation of Merit (IRA) for contributions to reading research and practice, the 2005 Albert J. Harris Award (IRA) for the year's best reading-disability publication, and the 2003 Alan Purves Award (NCTE) for a publication impacting practice. In 2006 the University of Minnesota honored him with the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, and in 2010 AERA gave him Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award.