Publication Date: September 5, 2011
Series: series on school reform
New teachers need support from their peers and mentors to locate resources, information, new ideas, emotional support, and inspiration. This timely book explains the research and theory behind social networks (face-to-face and online), describes what effective social networking for educators looks like, reveals common obstacles that new teachers face in establishing support networks, and offers valuable practical advice. The author follows the stories of four first-year teachers, illustrating the significant impact that social support networks can have on teachers’ lives and challenging common misconceptions of professional support. This book offers action guides to help teachers become “intentional networkers,” as well as a companion website with tools for networking and collaboration. This is a must-have resource for pre- and in-service teachers.
Kira J. Baker-Doyle is an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University–Berks.
“It is destined to improve the professional life of any teacher that reads it.”
—Marc Lamont Hill, Teachers College, Columbia University
“A wonderful addition to reform literature and to our education of novice teachers.”
—From the Foreword by Ann Lieberman, Stanford University
“Dr. Baker-Doyle's book adds an interesting and timely facet—the role of social networks—to the always important discussions about how new teachers can excel in their work. Her research will be of value to those who do professional development with educators and practitioners alike.”
—Susan Fuhrman, president of Teachers College and the National Academy of Education
“What I found most valuable were the action steps and advice Baker-Doyle offers to help you find your network. This book should be required reading for anyone beginning work at a school!”
—Brendan J. Schneider, director of admission and financial Aid, Sewickley Academy, Sewickley, Pennsylvania, www.schneiderb.com and contributor at edSocialMedia.com