UC Education Teacher Celebrates Release of New Book
Miriam Raider-Roth's 'Professional Development in Relational Learning Communities: Teachers in Connection' offers an innovative approach to teacher development.
Miriam B. Raider-Roth
, a professor of educational studies and director of the Center for Studies in Jewish Education and Culture at the College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services, University of Cincinnati, is the author of a new book exploring innovative approaches to teacher education.
"Professional Development in Relational Learning Communities"
offers an innovative approach to teacher professional development
that builds on the intellectual strength and practical wisdom of
Focusing on nurturing relationships between and among
participants, facilitators, subject matter, texts, and the school
environment, this book helps educators create a repertoire of teaching
approaches founded on sustained, deep, democratic, local, and active
Raider-Roth demonstrates that, within the context of
trustworthy relationships, teachers can better connect with all that
they know about teaching, learning, and their own identities. This, in
turn, enables them to act on what they know in the best interest of
their students and leads to the kinds of lasting change and commitment
that can move the teaching profession beyond training for a particular
- Examples showing how the work of relational learning communities can improve teachers’ practice.
- A focus on the cultural dimension in professional development for teachers.
- A view of teaching and learning as deeply relational and transformative.
- Strategies to help facilitators and participants create processes to best support a fertile learning environment.