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Building an Intentional School Culture

Building an Intentional School Culture Author Charles F. Elbot
ISBN-10 9781452294346
Release 2007-10-25
Pages 160
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This resource provides tools, case studies, strategies, and implementation plans to help educators create an "intentional school culture" that fosters excellence, builds character, and improves academic achievement.



The Rise of Singapore

The Rise of Singapore Author Mark T S Hong
ISBN-10 9789814704953
Release 2015-11-26
Pages 400
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' In the 50th anniversary year of Singapore''s independence, it is timely to trace our developmental journey in order that young Singaporeans students, visiting tourists and foreigners working in Singapore may be informed about why and how Singapore succeeded, despite tremendous odds. The two volumes relate the developmental stories and secrets of Singapore, so that other developing countries can be inspired to achieve their own successes. It is a story worth telling, so that the great achievements by our Pioneer Generation will be recorded, and which may serve as an inspiration to the younger generations to guide them for the next 50 years. Contents:Volume 1:Foreword by Ambassador Tommy KohIntroductionHow Singapore Manage Political DissentThe Idea of SingaporeSingapore''s Success in Creating a National IdentitySingapore as a Developmental ModelWhy Are Some Countries Exceptional?If China Can Learn from Singapore, Why Not Vice Versa?Graduation Address at James Cook University ConvocationHow to Build CharacterThe Practical Application of KnowledgeHuman Resource Development (HRD) in SingaporeKnowledge Economy: The Intellectual Development of SingaporeVolume 2:Foreword by Ambassador Simon D''CruzIntroduction: The Three DreamsA Tale of Three Cities: Shanghai, Hong Kong and SingaporeTwelve Points on Singapore''s Foreign PolicySingapore–Japan RelationsWhy Singapore Needs the United NationsLessons from Our HistoryWhat Singapore May Offer to RussiaSingapore-India RelationsThe Soft Power of SingaporeAfterword: The Struggle for Singapore Readership: Students, economists, political scientists and the general public interested in the following areas: the achievements of Singapore; economic development, political governance and leadership issues in Singapore; and ASEAN affairs. Key Features:It is written simply so that students and young adults can understand the story of modern SingaporeIt is written as essays which deal with key aspects of the Singapore story, so it goes beyond a simple historyIt deals with recent events and trends, so it is timely and relevantSingapore is one of the Four Asian Tiger economies, whose economic achievements serve to guide and inspire the next wave of rising Asian economies, such as the rest of ASEAN countries, China, India and elsewhere in the world. This book is useful for many readers who may be curious to learn in further detail how Singapore overcame tremendous obstacles to achieve a respected position in the worldKeywords:Singapore;Systems;Development;History;Features;Politics;National Identity;Nation-Building;Human Resource Development;Knowledge Economy;Foreign Policy;Singapore–Japan Relations;Singapore–China–Hong Kong Relations;Singapore–Russia Relations;Singapore-India Relations;Soft Power'



Rise of Singapore the in 2 Volumes

Rise of Singapore  the  in 2 Volumes Author Mark Hong
ISBN-10 9789814704946
Release 2015-11-26
Pages 400
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"In the 50th anniversary year of Singapore's independence, it is timely to trace our developmental journey in order that young Singaporeans students, visiting tourists and foreigners working in Singapore may be informed about why and how Singapore succeeded, despite tremendous odds. The two volumes relate the developmental stories and secrets of Singapore, so that other developing countries can be inspired to achieve their own successes"--



Handbook of Data Based Decision Making in Education

Handbook of Data Based Decision Making in Education Author Theodore Kowalski
ISBN-10 9781135890841
Release 2010-04-15
Pages 512
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Education has fought long and hard to gain acceptance as a profession and, since professionals by definition use data to shape the decisions they make, education has little choice but to continue moving in this direction. This 3-part handbook represents a major contribution to the literature of education. It is a unique compendium of the most original work currently available on how, when and why evidence should be used to ground practice. It is a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary, research-based, and practice-based resource that all educators can turn to as a guide to data-based decision making. The Handbook of Data-Based Decision Making in Education is a must read for researchers who are just beginning to explore the scientifically based nature of educational practice. It is also appropriate for policy makers and practitioners who are confronted with young people who need to be in classrooms where "best practices" are the norm and not the exception.



EarthEd State of the World

EarthEd  State of the World Author The Worldwatch Institute
ISBN-10 9781610918435
Release 2017-04-20
Pages 392
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Earth education is traditionally confined to specific topics: ecoliteracy, outdoor education, environmental science. But in the coming century, on track to be the warmest in human history, every aspect of human life will be affected by our changing planet. Emerging diseases, food shortages, drought, and waterlogged cities are just some of the unprecedented challenges that today's students will face. How do we prepare 9.5 billion people for life in the Anthropocene, to thrive in this uncharted and more chaotic future? Answers are being developed in universities, preschools, professional schools, and even prisons around the world. In the latest volume of State of the World, a diverse group of education experts share innovative approaches to teaching and learning in a new era. Topics include systems thinking for kids; the importance of play in early education; social emotional learning; comprehensive sexuality education; indigenous knowledge; sustainable business; medical training to treat the whole person; teaching law in the Anthropocene; and more. EarthEd addresses schooling at all levels of development, from preschool to professional. Its lessons can inform teachers, policy makers, school administrators, community leaders, parents, and students alike. And its vision will inspire anyone who wants to prepare students not only for the storms ahead but to become the next generation of sustainability leaders.



An Ethic of Excellence

An Ethic of Excellence Author Ron Berger
ISBN-10 0325005966
Release 2003
Pages 156
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The author gives us a vision of educational reform that transcends standards, curriculum, and instructional strategies. He argues for a paradigm shift-a schoolwide embrace of an "ethic of excellence" and with a passion for quality describes what's possible when teachers, students, and parents commit to nothing less than the best. The author tells exactly how this can be done, from the blackboard to the blacktop to the school boardroom.



Building Strong School Cultures

Building Strong School Cultures Author Sharon D. Kruse
ISBN-10 9781452294780
Release 2008-09-03
Pages 200
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Develop an integrated school culture that engages educators with their colleagues and communities! This resource calls on principals to create a viable, sustainable school culture using the professional community, organizational learning, and trust to affect teaching and learning. Part of the Leadership for Learning series, this volume presents a leadership approach that integrates teachers, parents, and community members into a coherent team. The authors examine schools that have achieved lasting cultural change and present practical strategies for: Diagnosing and shaping a school culture Revising leadership functions to broaden decision-making processes Rethinking organizational structures Supporting continuous improvement while ensuring stability



Character Compass

Character Compass Author Scott Seider
ISBN-10 1612504876
Release 2012
Pages 286
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Summary: The author "offers portraits of three high-performing urban schools that have made character development central to their mission. [The book] highlights each school's unique approach to character development and shows how qualities like empathy, integrity, perseverance, and daring can nurture student success."--p. 4 of cover.



Culture Re Boot

Culture Re Boot Author Leslie S. Kaplan
ISBN-10 9781452217321
Release 2013-01-31
Pages 272
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Packed with hands-on activities, this practical handbook shows you how to be the transformational leader your school needs to enact a culture change and improve student outcomes.



How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom

How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom Author Douglas Fisher
ISBN-10 9781416614579
Release 2012-04-27
Pages 223
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What does it feel like to walk into your school? Is it a welcoming place, where everyone feels valued? Most school improvement efforts focus on academic goals, instructional models, curriculum, and assessments. But sometimes what can make or break your learning community are the intangibles--the relationships, identity, and connections that make up its culture. Authors Fisher, Frey, and Pumpian believe that no school improvement effort will be effective unless school culture is addressed. They identify five pillars that are critical to building a culture of achievement: 1. Welcome: Imagine if all staff members in your school considered it their job to make every student, parent, and visitor feel noticed, welcomed, and valued. 2. Do no harm: Your school rules should be tools for teaching students to become the moral and ethical citizens you expect them to be. 3. Choice words: When the language students hear helps them tell a story about themselves that is one of possibility and potential, students perform in ways that are consistent with that belief. 4. It's never too late to learn: Can you push students to go beyond the minimum needed to get by, to discover what they are capable of achieving? 5. Best school in the universe: Is your school the best place to teach and learn? The best place to work? Drawing on their years of experience in the classroom, the authors explain how these pillars support good teaching and learning. In addition, they provide 19 action research tools that will help you create a culture of achievement, so that your school or classroom is the best it can be. After reading this book, you'll see why culture makes the difference between a school that enables success for all students and a school that merely houses those students during the school day.



Educating for Character

Educating for Character Author Thomas Lickona
ISBN-10 9780307569486
Release 2009-09-02
Pages 496
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Calls for renewed moral education in America's schools, offering dozens of programs schools can adopt to teach students respect, responsibility, hard work, and other values that should not be left to parents to teach.



Excellence Through Equity

Excellence Through Equity Author Alan M. Blankstein
ISBN-10 9781416622574
Release 2016-02-26
Pages 304
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Excellence Through Equity is an inspiring look at how real-world educators are creating schools where all students are able to thrive. In these schools, educators understand that equity is not about treating all children the same. They are deeply committed to ensuring that each student receives what he or she individually needs to develop their full potential—and succeed. To help educators with what can at times be a difficult and challenging journey, Blankstein and Noguera frame the book with five guiding principles of Courageous Leadership: - Getting to your core - Making organizational meaning - Ensuring constancy and consistency of purpose - Facing the facts and your fears - Building sustainable relationships They further emphasize that the practices are grounded in three important areas of research that are too often disregarded: (1) child development, (2) neuroscience, and (3) environmental influences on child development and learning. You’ll hear from Carol Corbett Burris, Michael Fullan, Marcus J. Newsome, Paul Reville, Susan Szachowicz, and other bold practitioners and visionary thinkers who share compelling and actionable ideas, strategies, and experiences for closing the achievement gap in your classrooms and school. Ensuring that all students receive an education that cultivates their talents and potential is in all our common interest. As Andy Hargreaves writes in the coda: “The opportunity for all Americans is to articulate and believe in an inspiring vision of educational change that is about what the next genera¬tion of America and Americans should become, not about a target or ranking that the nation should attain.”



Character Matters

Character Matters Author Thomas Lickona
ISBN-10 9780743266994
Release 2004-03-10
Pages 336
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Award-winning psychologist and educator Thomas Lickona offers more than one hundred practical strategies that parents and schools have used to help kids build strong personal character as the foundation for a purposeful, productive, and fulfilling life. Succeeding in life takes character, and Lickona shows how irresponsible and destructive behavior can invariably be traced to the absence of good character and its ten essential qualities: wisdom, justice, fortitude, self-control, love, a positive attitude, hard work, integrity, gratitude, and humility. The culmination of a lifetime’s work in character education from one the preeminent psychologists of our time, this landmark book gives us the tools we need to raise respectful and responsible children, create safe and effective schools, and build the caring and decent society in which we all want to live.



The School Climate Solution

The School Climate Solution Author Jonathan C. Erwin
ISBN-10 9781631981067
Release 2017-02-10
Pages 200
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Research shows that a socially-emotionally supportive setting is the solution to increasing student achievement. The School Climate Solution helps kids and adults master critical social-emotional skills, encourages student leadership, provides effective and compassionate behavior management strategies, and raises academic performance. With dozens of fun and easy-to-do activities and community meeting agendas, this book provides everything you need to create a positive learning environment in any classroom, school, or school community. Based on William Glasser’s Choice Theory and steeped in social-emotional learning, the book shows educators how to engage the whole school community in identifying and celebrating its positive values. For use by principals, teachers, counselors, coaches, or any other school leaders looking to improve classroom climate, the strategies in this book have been tested in schools, and they work. Digital content includes customizable forms from the book.



Grit in the Classroom

Grit in the Classroom Author Laila Sanguras
ISBN-10 9781618216335
Release 2017-08-01
Pages 175
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The combination of sustained hard work and resiliency, grit is the difference between those who give up and those who don't. Grit in the Classroom: Building Perseverance for Excellence in Today's Students assists educators in creating a learning environment that fosters grit development for all students, regardless of ability. Each chapter includes stories to illustrate the research and ideas presented and ends with discussion questions that can be used to continue the conversation. In an era of talent development and the pursuit of excellence, learners must be equipped with the perseverance that is essential to reaching high levels of success. This book provides a rationale for teaching grit in the classroom with the goal of propelling this topic into discussions of building passion and talent in today's students.



How People Learn

How People Learn Author National Research Council
ISBN-10 9780309131971
Release 2000-08-11
Pages 384
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First released in the Spring of 1999, How People Learn has been expanded to show how the theories and insights from the original book can translate into actions and practice, now making a real connection between classroom activities and learning behavior. This edition includes far-reaching suggestions for research that could increase the impact that classroom teaching has on actual learning. Like the original edition, this book offers exciting new research about the mind and the brain that provides answers to a number of compelling questions. When do infants begin to learn? How do experts learn and how is this different from non-experts? What can teachers and schools do-with curricula, classroom settings, and teaching methods--to help children learn most effectively? New evidence from many branches of science has significantly added to our understanding of what it means to know, from the neural processes that occur during learning to the influence of culture on what people see and absorb. How People Learn examines these findings and their implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess what our children learn. The book uses exemplary teaching to illustrate how approaches based on what we now know result in in-depth learning. This new knowledge calls into question concepts and practices firmly entrenched in our current education system. Topics include: How learning actually changes the physical structure of the brain. How existing knowledge affects what people notice and how they learn. What the thought processes of experts tell us about how to teach. The amazing learning potential of infants. The relationship of classroom learning and everyday settings of community and workplace. Learning needs and opportunities for teachers. A realistic look at the role of technology in education.



Virtuous Minds

Virtuous Minds Author Philip E. Dow
ISBN-10 9780830884339
Release 2013-04-06
Pages 208
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Templeton Foundation Character Project's Character Essay and Book Prize Competition award winner! What does it mean to love God with all of our minds? Our culture today is in a state of crisis where intellectual virtue is concerned. Dishonesty, cheating, arrogance, laziness, cowardice--such vices are rampant in society, even among the world s most prominent leaders. We find ourselves in an ethical vacuum, as the daily headlines of our newspapers confirm again and again. Central to the problem is the state of education. We live in a technological world that has ever greater access to new information and yet no idea what to do with it all. In this wise and winsome book, Philip Dow presents a case for the recovery of intellectual character. He explores seven key virtues--courage, carefulness, tenacity, fair-mindedness, curiosity, honesty and humility--and discusses their many benefits. The recovery of virtue, Dow argues, is not about doing the right things, but about becoming the right kind of person. The formation of intellectual character produces a way of life that demonstrates love for both God and neighbor. Dow has written an eminently practical guide to a life of intellectual virtue designed especially for parents and educators. The book concludes with seven principles for a true education, a discussion guide for university and church groups, and nine appendices that provide examples from Dow s experience as a teacher and administrator. Virtuous Minds is a timely and thoughtful work for parents and pastors, teachers and students--anyone who thinks education is more about the quality of character than about the quantity of facts.