Dr. Yong Zhao:
Education Reforms and Technology

Dr. Yong Zhao has some intriguing messages about how we must transform our schools. It isn't enough to have an impressive computer to student ratio, or to have SMART boards. As Zhao states, often this does not change anything. It's about having access to a diverse set of tools to solve authentic problems. This is most definitely a huge leap from how most American schools look at keeping up in the 21st century. Interestingly enough, based on blog posts by Zhao, he does not appear to be a supporter of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond
Teacher Education Reform and Policy

Unlike Zhao, Dr. Darling-Hammond supports the CCSS and serves on the board of one of the two funded testing consortium for assessment of these standards. She is also a well established leader in the field of teacher education in the areas of policy reform.
Darling-Hammond has written a number of books, including:

  • The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future (2010)
  • Powerful Learning: What We Know About Teaching for Understanding." (coauthored with Brigid Barron, P. David Pearson, Alan H. Schoenfeld, Elizabeth K., Stage, Timothy D. Zimmerman, et al.; forthcoming).
  • Powerful teacher education: lessons from exemplary programs (2006)
  • Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What Teachers Should Learn and Be Able to Do (coauthored with John Bransford, 2006)
  • Instructional Leadership for Systemic Change: The Story of San Diego's Reform (Leading Systemic School Improvement) (2005)
  • A good teacher in every classroom: preparing the highly qualified teachers our children deserve (coauthored with Joan Baratz-Snowden, 2005)
  • Professional development schools: schools for developing a profession (coauthored with Judith Lanier, 2005)

Dr. Tom Guskey
Teacher Professional Development

Dr. Guskey’s writing focuses on professional development and teacher change in addition to assessment and measurements in education.
Books I plan to read:

Guskey, T. R. (in progress).  Planning Professional Development.

Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press.

Guskey, T. R. (2000).  Evaluating Professional Development.

Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press.

* Winner of Book of the Year Award, National Staff Development Council, 2000.

Guskey, T. R., & Huberman, M. (Eds.) (1995).  Professional Development in Education:

New Paradigms and Practices.  New York, NY:  Teachers College Press.

* Winner of Book of the Year Award, National Staff Development Council, 1996.

Dr. Punya Mishra and Dr. Matthew Koehler

“The TPACK framework highlights complex relationships that exist between content, pedagogy and technology knowledge areas and may be a useful organizational structure for defining what it is that teachers need to know to integrate technology effectively” (Archambault & Crippen, 2009) as cited on http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Technological_Pedagogical_Content_Knowledge&pe=1&
As I investigate teacher professional development in the context of 21st century learning, I expect TPACK to influence the pedagogical approaches involved, thus the link from their work to my research interests.  

I am familiar with many “names” in my area of interest such as: Alan November, Will Richardson, Douglas Reeves... I just don’t know what qualifies them as “experts”.  Just because they have a lot to say does not make them an expert.

I am still looking for relevant experts in 21st century teaching and learning.