Binghamton University professor wins major staff development book award
A book written by Marilyn Tallerico, professor in the School of Education at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has received the Staff Development Book of the Year award from the National Staff Development Council (NSDC). Titled Supporting and Sustaining Teachers' Professional Development: A Principal's Guide, the book, published in 2005 by Corwin Press, was recently honored during the council’s annual conference.
The award recognizes a book that makes a significant contribution to the field of staff development, and considers criteria such as significance and usefulness to practitioners, quality of design, and relevance of research and recommendations.
Supporting and Sustaining Teachers’ Professional Development specifically targets busy school principals who want practical suggestions on how to balance everyday administrative tasks while encouraging teachers’ professional growth.
“Tallerico empowers principals with the view that leaders expand their influence when they focus their attention on high-quality professional learning,” said Dennis Sparks, executive director of NSDC.
Organized around three key elements of current NSDC national standards, the book shows new, veteran, and aspiring school leaders how to link teachers’ professional development to student learning, retain highly qualified teachers, and ground school practices in sound research.
“Marilyn Tallerico’s book has the potential to make a significant impact on the quality of K–12 education by bringing teachers’ professional learning to the forefront of principals’ responsibilities,” said Robert D. Clouse, publisher and editorial director of Corwin Press.
“I’m honored that this book was judged to be significant and useful for staff developers, teacher leaders, and administrators,” says Tallerico. “I’m also delighted to have my work join such an illustrious roster of former NSDC awardees, including Thomas Guskey, Linda Lambert, Michael Fullan, Linda Darling-Hammond, Roland Barth, Susan Loucks-Horsley, and others who have advanced the field of leadership for school improvement.”
Tallerico is a professor of education at Binghamton University, where she teaches courses in supervision of instruction, professional development, politics and education, and curriculum leadership. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Staff Development as well as numerous other research and practitioner journals. She is widely published in the areas of the superintendency, gender, and educational leadership.
Her two prior books were City Schools: Leading the Way (1993) and Accessing the Superintendency: The Unwritten Rules (2000), the former coedited with Patrick B. Forsyth.