Transformative Professional Learning

Transformative Professional LearningTransformative Professional Learning: A System to Enhance Teacher and Student Motivation

by Margery B. Ginsberg


Motivation is foundational to learning

This book’s bold new vision for professional learning emphasizes the importance of intrinsic motivation and respect for cultural diversity. Knowing that culture and motivation are inseparable influences on learning, Margery B. Ginsberg provides practical steps for teaching and learning that are grounded in the reality of students′ lives. The program’s processes include:

  • Shadowing students to help sharpen teachers’ understanding of student motivation.
  • Conducting home visits to better connect with students’ lives and families
  • Collaborating with other teachers to design lessons
  • Analyzing data in collaboration with students, families, and community members


Given the presence of instructional expertise, Ginsberg’s book is a highly user-friendly, practical guide for school professionals. The guidance can help educators successfully engage our most disaffected and disempowered students.

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Kyle Kinoshita, Ed. D. “The WERA Educational Journal

In the book Transformative Professional Learning, Margery Ginsberg and colleagues get at the heart of student and teacher motivation. Rather than defaulting to a simple list of strategies that might more readily capture students’ attention in the short term, they provide a comprehensive, research- and theory-based approach. If taken seriously, this book has the potential of transforming how we teach and why we teach.

Robert J. Marzano, CEO

Margery Ginsberg pragmatically illustrates how teachers can learn from and support students’ rich linguistic and ethnic diversity through inquiry and reflective practice. Educators seeking to enhance student motivation and learning will find this book an invaluable resource.

Rito Martinez, Senior Leadership Coach