Results Now

Author: Mike Schmoker
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416612580
Format: PDF, Mobi
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According to author Mike Schmoker, there is a yawning gap between the most well-known essential practices and the reality of most classrooms. This gap persists despite the hard, often heroic work done by many teachers and administrators. Schmoker believes that teachers and administrators may know what the best practices are, but they aren't using them or reinforcing them consistently. He asserts that our schools are protected by a buffer--a protective barrier that prevents scrutiny of instruction by outsiders. The buffer exists within the school as well. Teachers often know only what is going on in their classrooms--and they may be completely in the dark about what other teachers in the school are doing. Even principals, says Schmoker, don't have a clear view of the daily practices of teaching and learning in their schools. Schmoker suggests that we need to get beyond this buffer to confront the truth about what is happening in classrooms, and to allow teachers to learn from each other and to be supervised properly. He outlines a plan that focuses on the importance of consistent curriculum, authentic literacy education, and professional learning communities for teachers. What will students get out of this new approach? Learning for life. Schmoker argues passionately that students become learners for life when they have more opportunities to engage in strategic reading, writing with explicit guidance, and argument and discussion. Through strong teamwork, true leadership, and authentic learning, schools and their students can reach new heights. "Results Now" is a rally cry for educators to focus on what counts. If they do, Schmoker promises, the entire school community can count on unprecedented achievements.

Results Now

Author: Mike Schmoker
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416603581
Format: PDF, Mobi
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According to author Mike Schmoker, there is a yawning gap between the most well-known essential practices and the reality of most classrooms. This gap persists despite the hard, often heroic work done by many teachers and administrators. Schmoker believes that teachers and administrators may know what the best practices are, but they aren t using them or reinforcing them consistently. He asserts that our schools are protected by a buffer a protective barrier that prevents scrutiny of instruction by outsiders. The buffer exists within the school as well. Teachers often know only what is going on in their classrooms and they may be completely in the dark about what other teachers in the school are doing. Even principals, says Schmoker, don t have a clear view of the daily practices of teaching and learning in their schools. Schmoker suggests that we need to get beyond this buffer to confront the truth about what is happening in classrooms, and to allow teachers to learn from each other and to be supervised properly. He outlines a plan that focuses on the importance of consistent curriculum, authentic literacy education, and professional learning communities for teachers. What will students get out of this new approach? Learning for life. Schmoker argues passionately that students become learners for life when they have more opportunities to engage in strategic reading, writing with explicit guidance, and argument and discussion. Through strong teamwork, true leadership, and authentic learning, schools and their students can reach new heights. Results Now is a rally cry for educators to focus on what counts. If they do, Schmoker promises, the entire school community can count on unprecedented achievements.

The Results Fieldbook

Author: Michael J. Schmoker
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 0871205211
Format: PDF
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Looks at educational practices that can make an immediate and profound difference in student learning.

Accountability for Learning

Author: Douglas B. Reeves
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 0871208334
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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A guide to building a student-centered accountability program through teaching, leadership, the curriculum, and the involvement of parents and the community.

The Knowledge Deficit

Author: E. D. Hirsch
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547346960
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Knowledge Deficit illuminates the real issue in education today -- without an effective curriculum, American students are losing the global education race. In this persuasive book, the esteemed education critic, activist, and best-selling author E.D. Hirsch, Jr., shows that although schools are teaching the mechanics of reading, they fail to convey the knowledge needed for the more complex and essential skill of reading comprehension. Hirsch corrects popular misconceptions about hot issues in education, such as standardized testing, and takes to task educators' claims that they are powerless to overcome class differences. Ultimately, this essential book gives parents and teachers specific tools for enhancing children's abilities to fully understand what they read.

Leading with Focus

Author: Mike Schmoker
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416621369
Format: PDF, ePub
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In his 2011 ASCD best-seller Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, author Mike Schmoker described a fresh pproach to K-12 teaching built on three core elements: a focused and coherent curriculum; clear, prioritized lessons; and purposeful reading and writing, or authentic literacy. Now, in Leading with Focus, he shows administrators, principals, and other education leaders how to apply his model to the work of running schools and districts. In this companion to his previous book, Schmoker offers * An overview of the case for simple, focused school and district leadership--demonstrating its power for vastly improving the work of teachers and leaders. * Examples of real schools and districts that have embraced focused leadership--and the incredible results for student learning. * A practical, flexible, and easy-to-follow implementation guide for ensuring focused leadership in schools and districts. All students deserve to learn in schools where educators eschew distractions and superfluous activities to concentrate on what’s most important. To that end, this book is an essential resource for leaders ready to streamline their practice and focus their efforts on radically improving student learning.

Data Wise

Author: Kathryn Parker Boudett
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781612505220
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning presents a clear and carefully tested blueprint for school leaders. It shows how examining test scores and other classroom data can become a catalyst for important schoolwide conversations that will enhance schools' abilities to capture teachers' knowledge, foster collaboration, identify obstacles to change, and enhance school culture and climate. This revised and expanded edition captures the learning that has emerged in integrating the Data Wise process into school practice and brings the book up-to-date with recent developments in education and technology including: · The shift to the Common Core State Standards. · New material on the "ACE Habits of Mind": practices that prioritize Action, Collaboration, and Evidence as part of transforming school culture. · A new chapter on "How We Improve," based on experiences implementing Data Wise and to address two common questions: "Where do I start?" and "How long will it take?" Other revisions take into account changes in the roles of school data teams and instructional leadership teams in guiding the inquiry process. The authors have also updated exhibits, examples, and terminology throughout and have added new protocols and resources.

The 200 Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions for Educators

Author: Nathan L. Essex
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1620875209
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This jargon-free and easy-to-understand reference focuses on 200 common legal issues, providing school administrators and teachers with authoritative, legally defensible approaches for addressing school challenges. Through the accessible Q&A format, teachers and school leaders can read sequentially or browse for immediate answers on topics such as religious issues, individuals’ rights, disciplinary practices, morality, teacher dismissal, liabilities, MCLB, and more. Practical and concise, this guide provides a list of relevant court cases pertaining to each question and answer, legal references to guide teachers’ and school leaders’ actions, a glossary of legal terms, a list of selected federal statutes, and summaries and conclusions at the end of each chapter. The 200 Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions for Educators contains invaluable information to assist educators in performing their duties effectively and in accordance with the law.

School Improvement for the Next Generation

Author: Stephen White
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 1936765918
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Discover a fundamentally different way to improve schools. Learn best practices from successful schools that use next-generation school-improvement methods. Focused chapters guide you through the modified planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation cycle at the core of this school-improvement model. Specific strategies empower you to put the knowledge to use.