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Making the Common Core Standards Work

Making the Common Core Standards Work Author Robert J. Manley
ISBN-10 9781452284439
Release 2012-11-26
Pages 288
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Essential reading for school leaders! Providing a blueprint for implementing and exceeding the new Common Core State Standards, this practical guide focuses on realistic strategies for lasting change within schools. The authors build an inspiring case for how individual schools can develop a world-class education system through targeted professional development. Topics include: Empowering teachers and staff as partners in implementing the new standards Adapting existing curriculum to meet grade-level goals for mathematics and language arts Designing assessments that measure mastery of the standards Ensuring that the standards benefit all students, including multicultural learners

A School Leader s Guide to Implementing the Common Core

A School Leader s Guide to Implementing the Common Core Author Gloria D. Campbell-Whatley
ISBN-10 9781317670681
Release 2016-02-05
Pages 172
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This accessible resource addresses the problems, challenges, and issues that general and special education leaders frequently face on a day-to-day basis in implementing the Common Core standards in their schools. Grounded in best practices from current literature, this text provides leaders with practical solutions to working with teachers and differentiating instruction for all students—including students with special needs, ESL, and ELL learners. A School Leader’s Guide to Implementing the Common Core presents a cohesive framework and offers viable options for effective inclusive instruction based on students‘ varied learning needs. Special Features: Vignettes and "Research-Based Practical Tips" offer concrete connections to school contexts and illustrate practical applications. Explores current trends in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and Response to Intervention (RTI), and how they relate to the Common Core Standards. Guides leaders through the development of effective policies for culturally responsive instruction in the classroom.

What Makes a World Class School and How We Can Get There

What Makes a World Class School and How We Can Get There Author James H. Stronge
ISBN-10 9781416623939
Release 2017-06-15
Pages 146
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For years, students in the United States have lagged behind students in many other countries on such measures of achievement as the PISA and TIMSS assessments. In an increasingly globalized world, such a gap is worrisome. Armed with statistics, examples, and cautionary tales from Scandinavia to Japan, James H. Stronge and Xianxuan Xu have written a book that can help educators better prepare students and close that gap. In What Makes a World-Class School and How We Can Get There, you will find * Careful analysis of recent international assessment results—what they mean and what can be done to improve them. * In-depth profiles of high-achieving education systems around the globe—their histories, their lessons learned, and what they can teach educators and policymakers in the United States. * Strategies for aligning successful educational approaches from international systems to U.S. schools—which strategies to use, in which subjects, and with which students. * Transformative ideas for cultivating a truly world-class system of schooling—both simple and complex ways to raise the bar for all students, no matter what their background. Educators in every country must ensure that their students are as prepared as possible to lead a future generation of citizens. This thought-provoking and copiously researched book provides educators with a blueprint for radical improvement based on the hard-learned experiences of their peers around the world.

Building Effective Physical Education Programs

Building Effective Physical Education Programs Author Deborah Tannehill
ISBN-10 9781449646370
Release 2013-10-01
Pages 432
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Building Effective Physical Education Programs is a unique text focused on designing and delivering school physical education programs. The text succeeds in helping pre-service, novice, and more experienced teachers to understand the essential components necessary to create and deliver impactful physical education programs within their school or organization. Through its use of engaging learning experiences found in each chapter, this text is ideal for use across various physical education teacher courses and teacher professional development programs. Written for an international audience, Building Effective Physical Education Programs acknowledges both the similarities and differences of physical education programs from country to country. International case studies are included to further illustrate worldwide practices. This text is appropriate for the student who is interested in the field of physical education as well as the seasoned professional with years of experience. Key Features: Learning Experience boxes help readers apply knowledge gained from the text to real-world practice by utilizing activities and critical-thinking questions to drive comprehension. An international perspective on physical education provides a global viewpoint and gives students a broad context for different program types A focus on current trends and issues makes this text relevant and timely Ancillaries provide instructors with the tools to implement a successful physical education teacher education course. Instructor resources include: Instructor s Manual, Test Bank and PowerPoint presentations Student resources include: Companion website and Student Study Guide"

Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms

Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms Author Jeff Zwiers
ISBN-10 9781571109972
Release 2014
Pages 304
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The Common Core State Standards require students to do more with knowledge and language than ever before. Rather than be mere consumers of knowledge, students must now become creators, critics, and communicators of ideas across disciplines. Yet in order to take on these new and exciting roles, many students need daily teaching with an extra emphasis on accelerating their academic communication skills. Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms describes seven research-based teaching practices for developing complex language and literacy skills across grade levels and disciplines: using complex texts, fortifying complex output, fostering academic interaction, clarifying complex language, modeling, guiding, and designing instruction. Most important, you will find clear descriptions and examples of how these essential practices can--and should--be woven together in real lessons. You will also find the following: Classroom activities based on the practices Dozens of classroom examples from lessons in different grade levels and disciplines Detailed lessons with annotations focused on language and literacy development Strategies and tools for building system-wide capacity for sustained growth in the practices Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms is a concise guide for helping us improve our practices to strengthen two vital pillars that support student learning: academic language and disciplinary literacy.

Writing Behind Every Door

Writing Behind Every Door Author Heather Wolpert-Gawron
ISBN-10 9781317821151
Release 2014-04-24
Pages 188
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For students to become college-ready writers, they must be exposed to writing throughout the school day, not just in English class. This practical book shows teachers in all subject areas how to meet the Common Core State Standards and make writing come alive in the classroom. Award-winning educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron provides effective and exciting ideas for teaching argument writing, informational writing, project-based writing, and writing with technology. Each chapter is filled with strategies, prompts, and rubrics you can use immediately. Special Features: A variety of writing strategies that work in any subject area Tips for developing meaningful prompts Diagrams and templates that you can use with your students Rubrics for assessing writing, as well as ideas for having students create their own rubrics Samples of student work in different formats Ideas for teaching students to break the Google homepage habit and conduct effective research Cross-curricular writing assignments for science, history, ELA, electives, and PE Suggestions for teaching summary writing, an essential academic skill Ideas for staff professional development on Common Core writing

Math Tools Grades 3 12

Math Tools  Grades 3   12 Author Harvey F. Silver
ISBN-10 9781452284408
Release 2012-08-29
Pages 272
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Teach to the Common Core, differentiate instruction, and keep students engaged—all at the same time! With new Common Core–aligned tools and strategies, this second edition of a bestseller is an all-in-one math classroom management resource. Covering everything from lesson design to math-specific learning styles, the book's 60+ tools will enable you to: Work in smarter, more efficient ways with all of your students, no matter the class size or make up Create standards-based lesson plans, tests, and formative assessments Reach every learner regardless of understanding level or learning style Integrate technology into class time for more engaging math lessons

A Brief History of Standards in Teacher Education

A Brief History of Standards in Teacher Education Author Roy A. Edelfelt
ISBN-10 9781461663485
Release 2004-11-10
Pages 31
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With the current emphasis on standards in the schools, one may think that this is a new phenomenon. However, as this pamphlet clearly demonstrates, while standards in American schools have a long history dating back to Reconstruction, the recommendations for what is needed to improve teacher education are remarkably similar—brighter students, more realistic classes, rigorous general education, serious evaluation, and so on. The reports and guidelines share a zeal for the standards they are promulgating, but are thin on research to support their recommendations. The irony is that the 'profession's power is so fragmented, and its prestige so ailing,' that adequate support for teacher education and professional practice remain elusive. The report concludes that only a concerted effort by a coalition of organizations could generate the support needed to achieve a major breakthrough in the quality of schooling and teacher education.

Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at Work Grades 3 5

Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at Work         Grades 3 5 Author Timothy D. Kanold
ISBN-10 9781936764020
Release 2012-04-12
Pages 104
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This teacher guide illustrates how to sustain successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, grades 3–5. Discover what students should learn and how they should learn it at each grade level. Comprehensive research-affirmed analysis tools and strategies will help you and your collaborative team develop and assess student demonstrations of deep conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.

CCSS and ELLs Common Core State Standards and English Language Learners

CCSS and ELLs  Common Core State Standards and English Language Learners Author Estee Lopez
ISBN-10 9781935609698
Release 2012-01-01
Pages 6
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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) pose an exciting challenge for all educators and their students, each of whom is expected to meet these standards. The CCSS in English Language Arts (ELA) articulate rigorous grade-level expectations focused on higher order thinking processes in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing to prepare all students to be college and career ready. To this end, this reference guide is designed to increase educators' ability to make teaching and learning decisions based on research-based best practices for the academic and language achievement of English language learners (ELLs). It can also serve to initiate professional learning conversations and guide educators to resources that accelerate and improve the teaching and learning of ELL students.

Leading Managing Continuing Professional Development

Leading   Managing Continuing Professional Development Author Sara Bubb
ISBN-10 9781849204941
Release 2007-09-25
Pages 208
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Praise for the first edition: 'Peter Earley and Sara Bubb bring together, in a very accessible way, theoretical and practical aspects of CPD and suggest how leadership and management can be applied in this vital area of staff development. This book will help co-ordinators and school leaders to develop their most important resource - the people who work with the children' - Richard Stainton, Education Journal 'The most obvious target user for the book is the (not rare) person suddenly hoist with the staff development responsibility petard: but, thoughtfully used, most staffrooms will include several people who could benefit from thinking about its contents and putting some of the ideas into practice' - British Journal Educational Technology 'This book is a welcome and practical guide to the wealth of publications on Continuing Professional Development... [M]akes an excellent contribution to the current and widening debate on the nature of Continuing Professional Development. For School Leadership Teams it is an essential resource and reference for the managing of professional development and learning. It also serves as an excellent practical guide, and CPD coordinators reading this book will find themselves questioning and as a result developing their own practice. The book is written in accessible language using believable case studies to illustrate the wealth of research that has been carried out. The deeply embedded notion among some teachers that professional development consists of the one day course is challenged, and the reader is left in no doubt as to the range of opportunities that exist and need for them to be harnessed in order to ensure school improvement. The book is will surely act as a catalyst for the review and development of CPD in schools' - Stephen Merrill, Edge Hill College of Higher Education, British Journal In-Service Education 'A practical guide to all aspects of professional development which ought to be in the possession of every professional development coordinator in every primary and secondary school in the land - and their colleagues in leadership teams' - Tim Brighouse, TES Friday Magazine This new edition of a best-selling book provides an up to date overview of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), combined with a guide to best practice. Changes include: - expanded sections on the professional development of support staff and the wider school workforce (particularly important in the light of workforce remodelling) and the evaluation of CPD - more on making sure that professional development has an impact, and provides good value for money - the common core of skills and knowledge for the children's workforce, the new standards for qualified teacher status, induction, threshold, excellent teachers and advanced skills teachers as well as those for higher level teaching assistants. Drawing on the latest research, the contents include: - a clear explanation of CPD and latest developments; - practical tips on how to lead and manage CPD for a range of staff in schools - identifying training needs, designing and implementing programmes and evaluating their impact; - detailed guidance on CPD for staff at different stages of their careers. Written in a clear readable style it covers the latest standards and offers examples of current good practice. It is an essential professional reference for all those responsible for leading and managing professional learning in schools (headteachers, deputies, CPD and staff development coordinators) and Local Authorities (LAs). It will also prove invaluable to training providers and universities.

An Educator s Guide to Using Minecraft in the Classroom

An Educator s Guide to Using Minecraft   in the Classroom Author Colin Gallagher
ISBN-10 9780133858020
Release 2014-10-08
Pages 288
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Learn how educators are using Minecraft® as a powerful instructional tool to engage students and teach subjects as varied as math and humanities. This book offers ten classroom projects from teachers using Minecraft® to teach math, science, languages, and more. Each project includes learning objectives, project organization and tasks, and ideas for reflection and assessments. You’ll also find detailed instructions for setting up and running a Minecraft® server in the classroom, both the regular and the popular MinecraftEdu versions. In this book, you’ll discover What Minecraft® is and why it’s such an engaging tool for the classroom. How to set up and administer servers that students use for their projects. What MinecraftEdu is, how to set up and manage it, and how to use its teacher controls. Techniques for using the game in special-education settings. Step-by-step instructions for printing 3D models of your classroom projects. Ways to use the game in a variety of different subject areas. You’ll find essential advice and captivating projects for using Minecraft® to enhance students’ learning experience from educators using Minecraft® in the Classroom: Shane Asselstine, Dan Bloom, André Chercka, Adam Clarke, Stephen Elford, Colin Gallagher, David Lee, John Miller, Eric Walker, and James York. Minecraft® is a trademark of Mojang Synergies/Notch Development AB. This book is not affiliated with or sponsored by Mojang Synergies/Notch Development AB.

Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning Data

Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning  Data Author Thomas R. Guskey
ISBN-10 9781452291765
Release 2014-06-05
Pages 128
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When teachers use data effectively, students see results. Part of a series on Learning Forward’s seven Standards for Professional Learning, this volume guides teachers and school leaders toward successful data-based decision making—an essential component of effective professional learning and school development. The book’s features include: An original “think piece” by Thomas Guskey on using data in deliberate and thoughtful ways Specific implementation strategies that focus on analyzing student, educator, and system data and assessing progress A detailed case study of one district’s journey to successful use of data and how it led to measurable improvement in student achievement

Newsworthy Cultivating Critical Thinkers Readers and Writers in Language Arts Classrooms

Newsworthy  Cultivating Critical Thinkers  Readers  and Writers in Language Arts Classrooms Author Ed Madison
ISBN-10 9780807774052
Release 2015
Pages 126
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In this book, Ed Madison—journalist, producer/director, and innovative educator—provides specific strategies to help teachers use journalistic learning to achieve positive outcomes that engage students in new ways. Journalistic learning is a teaching approach that borrows techniques from the journalism profession to better instruct students in research, reading, and writing in language arts and the social sciences classes. Drawing from extensive fieldwork in schools across the United States, Madison demonstrates how this approach is uniquely aligned with Common Core State Standards that call for more emphasis on nonfiction texts and digital literacy skills. Centered on research and writing projects that will yield publishable student writing, chapters demonstrate how this approach works across contexts and benefits a broad range of students from diverse backgrounds. The text also explores new and affordable approaches to teacher training. Book Features: Shows ELA teachers how to better engage students in reading and writing by tapping into their interests. Offers effective and affordable strategies that are aligned with the CCSS. Explores digital literacy and diversity, providing tangible strategies for bridging the achievement and technology gap. Includes links to curricular resources, student videos, technology tips, and more. “Authentic, meaningful, and passion-driven, Ed Madison masterfully demonstrates the power of journalism as an engaging learning experience. This book is a thoughtful and practical guide to implementing journalistic learning in schools.” —Yong Zhao, elected fellow, International Academy For Education, author of World Class Learners “Ed Madison explains why the journalistic methods of verifying and clarifying information can motivate students to learn nearly anything. His well-sourced book is full of the practical exercises and technology tips that can set free the power of journalistic learning. A must-read for anyone who cares about education.” —Eric Newton, Innovation Chief, Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University, author, Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes from the Digital Age of Journalism “Dr. Madison’s important book takes us beyond the buzz to the substance and power of engagement through journalistic learning. Grounded in research and practice, he provides insight and guidance to educators struggling to make the world of narrative expression important and relevant to today’s students.” —Jason Ohler, author of many books, articles and web resources devoted to media and digital literacy “Teaching journalism principles has never been more necessary and more integral to the work of all teachers. Ed Madison has spent time with leaders in journalism education and provides a great synthesis of ideas from the front lines. Anyone who loves teaching nonfiction reading and writing across media will love this book.” —William Kist, associate professor, Kent State University “Ed Madison provides teachers with tangible strategies for using journalism to meet new standards, while inspiring students to take ownership of their education.” —Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University, author, The Flat World and Education

The Literacy Coach s Handbook Second Edition

The Literacy Coach s Handbook  Second Edition Author Sharon Walpole
ISBN-10 9781462507733
Release 2012-11-29
Pages 252
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This bestselling book gives preservice and practicing literacy coaches the tools they need to build a successful schoolwide reading program. The authors, well-known experts in the field, describe the literacy coach's crucial, evolving role in today's schools. They offer step-by-step guidelines for implementing curricula and assessments, selecting instructional materials, and planning for differentiation and intervention. Specific ways to support teachers by providing high-quality professional development are discussed. The book is grounded in state-of-the-art research on PreK-5 instruction and the characteristics of effective coaches. New to This Edition *Incorporates the latest research and instructional materials. *Expanded grade range now includes PreK and grades 4-5. *Content on RTI and the Common Core standards is woven throughout. *Strategies for making professional development more responsive to teachers' needs. See also The Literacy Coaching Challenge, which guides more experienced coaches in choosing among different coaching models and addresses typical issues of implementation.

The PLC Book

The PLC Book Author Nancy Fichtman Dana
ISBN-10 9781506338408
Release 2015-10-22
Pages 128
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The secret to your PLC’s success? You. Commitment to improving student outcomes is a natural part of being a teacher—and that’s why this book is for every member of the team, not just the leader. When you bring your experience, skills, and questions to a professional learning community, you help shape its future. You’ll work collaboratively to Give voice to important issues and dilemmas Decide where to focus your work Develop and implement a plan for gaining insight into your area of focus Take action based on individual and collective learning Share results with others outside the PLC

ACCESSing School

ACCESSing School Author Jim Burke
ISBN-10 UVA:X004903515
Release 2005
Pages 205
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Burke examines academic success initiatives around the country, identifying their key components, then detailing how their practices apply to ACCESS, a program for struggling students he began five years ago at Burlingame High School.