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Teaching Matters Most

Teaching Matters Most Author Thomas M. McCann
ISBN-10 9781452205106
Release 2012-06-06
Pages 181
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This book's three-step process outlines how to envision what great teaching looks like, measure current instruction against that standard, and work relentlessly to improve instruction accordingly.

Instructional Supervision

Instructional Supervision Author Sally J. Zepeda
ISBN-10 9781317233312
Release 2016-08-12
Pages 360
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This essential text for prospective school leaders enrolled in instructional supervision and evaluation courses provides the knowledge and practical tools to improve teacher effectiveness. Melding theory and practice, this book is a definitive guide to successful classroom observations, pre- and post-observation conferences, and approaches such as action research, peer coaching, and mentoring. The fourth edition of this text has been thoroughly updated to meet the needs of school leaders in today’s educational climate. Features new to this edition include: Additional and updated tools to support school leaders in conducting effective classroom observations and assessing teachers’ professional learning needs; New case studies, suggested fieldwork, and extended reflections to outline practical applications for the strategies discussed; Suggested readings to supplement the information included in this book; Expanded discussions of professional learning communities and the topic of motivation; New chapters on teacher evaluation and instructional strategies that support personalization and learning technologies. This book offers strategies to work with teachers at all stages in their careers, laying a strong foundation for effective instructional supervision in PreK-12 schools. Many of the templates and tools in this book are also available as free eResource downloads from our website (

Educational Leadership and Administration Concepts Methodologies Tools and Applications

Educational Leadership and Administration  Concepts  Methodologies  Tools  and Applications Author Management Association, Information Resources
ISBN-10 9781522516255
Release 2016-10-12
Pages 2183
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The delivery of quality education to students relies heavily on the actions of an institution’s administrative staff. Effective leadership strategies allow for the continued progress of modern educational initiatives. Educational Leadership and Administration: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications provides comprehensive research perspectives on the multi-faceted issues of leadership and administration considerations within the education sector. Emphasizing theoretical frameworks, emerging strategic initiatives, and future outlooks, this publication is an ideal reference source for educators, professionals, school administrators, researchers, and practitioners in the field of education.

The Instructional Leader s Guide to Informal Classroom Observations

The Instructional Leader s Guide to Informal Classroom Observations Author Sally J. Zepeda
ISBN-10 9781596670914
Release 2009
Pages 182
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Like the best-selling first edition, this book shows elementary, middle, and high school principals and other instructional leaders how to-- Make your classroom walk-throughs more productive and efficient- Ensure the professional development and growth of your teachers- Provide teachers with easy-to-digest feedback- Motivate your teachers and improve student learning

Six Steps to Boost Student Learning

Six Steps to Boost Student Learning Author Karen A. Goeller
ISBN-10 9781315294919
Release 2017-08-21
Pages 204
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This inspirational and reader-friendly guide offers school leaders six quick and achievable steps for transforming teaching and learning into a high-impact action plan. Author Karen Goeller shows how effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment work can help students overcome college, career, and life challenges. With its clear steps and concrete advice, this text will help school leaders in any district ignite passion for continuous school improvement and sustain a culture of ongoing and collaborative learning. Topics include: • crafting a purpose statement that will rally students, teachers, and families around an essential focus; • using data to boost school improvement and student performance; • streamlining curriculum and instruction; • building meaningful relationships among students, teachers, and families; • leveraging instruction strategies to improve student engagement; and • energizing staff and students with networking strategies and transition activities. Each chapter offers research tips, guides to action, numerous examples, reflection questions, immediate take-aways, and downloadable tools. Karen Goeller is Deputy Superintendent for the Vigo County School Corporation in Indiana and Adjunct Instructor of Educational Leadership at Indiana State University.

Finding Your Leadership Focus

Finding Your Leadership Focus Author Douglas B. Reeves
ISBN-10 9780807771280
Release 2015-04-18
Pages 169
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In his new book, author and international keynoter Douglas Reeves addresses a major challenge faced by today’s school leaders: an ever-growing load of programs and initiatives. Reeves contends that program overload not only taxes leadership resources, but actually hurts rather than improves student performance. Drawing on recent research findings, this book shows how leaders can pare down from a proliferation of initiatives to determine what is truly most important based on their local concerns, challenges, populations, and other school factors. Identifying a specific set of leadership practices that are more strongly associated with improvements in student achievement, Reeves provides explicit guidelines for how school leaders can improve their most critical leadership decisions by simultaneously engaging in three essential strategies: monitoring teaching and leadership practices, building high degrees of efficacy among staff members, and focusing on a smaller number of priorities.Finding Your Leadership Focusis essential reading for new and veteran principals, teacher leaders, and PLC book study groups. Book Features: Practical guidance to help school leaders at every level to focus on what is most important and to assess their progress. Analysis correlating three years of student achievement data and specific school leadership practices. Online video conference support by Douglas Reeves for book study groups and graduate classes who use this book. Online downloads. Douglas B. Reevesis the founder of The Leadership and Learning Center, Englewood, Colorado. He was named the Brock International Laureate for his contributions to education and received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals. “Finding Your Leadership Focuscould not have arrived at a more timely moment in the history of reform.... Doug Reeves’ conclusions and agenda for action are exactly what is needed.” —From the Foreword byMichael Fullan, professor emeritus, University of Toronto “If schools and districts model their improvement efforts on Doug Reeves’ sage advice, voluminous strategic plans will be scrapped, trees will be saved, educators will avoid the Law of Initiative Fatigue, and most importantly, students will learn at higher levels.” —Richard DuFour, educational author and consultant “This book is a masterful combination of research and practice, and Doug Reeves is one of the few people in the country who could have written it. He has added much-needed clarity to the process of leading in a way that directly results in enhanced student achievement.” —Robert J. Marzano, CEO, Marzano Research Laboratory

Positive Classroom Management

Positive Classroom Management Author
ISBN-10 9781412937276
Release 2007
Pages 141
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Illustrating applications across all K–12 grade levels, this third edition of a bestseller presents concrete strategies for creating a positive classroom environment for students and teachers alike.

A School Leader s Guide to Excellence

A School Leader s Guide to Excellence Author Carmen Fariña
ISBN-10 0325011389
Release 2008
Pages 190
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Is something - no matter how big or small - holding your school back? If so, turn to Carmen Farina and Laura Kotch. In New York City they've transformed struggling schools into excellent schools and made good ones great. And in A School Leader's Guide to Excellence they'll show you a direct, detailed road to improving schoolwide achievement. Farina and Kotch present their ideas with step-by-step instructions, implementation and evaluation advice, artifacts of their own reform efforts, and all the modifiable forms and documents you'll need.

Mapping Leadership

Mapping Leadership Author Richard Halverson
ISBN-10 9781118711576
Release 2017-06-29
Pages 224
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Drawing on twenty years of research in school effectiveness, this book presents a distributed model of task-based school leadership that leads to continuous school improvement. The book outlines the tasks school leadership teams must focus on to improve teaching and learning, grouped into the following five domains: Focus on Learning Monitoring Teaching and Learning Building Nested Learning Communities Acquiring and Allocating Resources Maintaining a Safe and Effective Learning Environment Recognizing that the principal is a single actor in a complex web of activity influencing student learning, the focus is not only on the principal’s role but on a range of leadership and instructional practices to be shared across the leadership team (including APs, counselors, teachers, and support personnel). These tasks, organized into 21 subdomains, have been demonstrated through extensive research to contribute to improved student learning.

Collaboration and Co Teaching for English Learners

Collaboration and Co Teaching for English Learners Author Andrea Honigsfeld
ISBN-10 9781483346021
Release 2014-11-04
Pages 176
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Your English Language Learners are counting on you to collaborate effectively. The Common Core State Standards have increased the pressure on English Language Learners. And with the EL population increasing every day, schools need proven systems for ensuring that the students of the future are able to thrive. In practice, this is a challenge for educational leaders. The most promising solution is the collaborative approach pioneered by this book’s authors—America’s leading authorities on collaboration and co-teaching for EL achievement. Honigsfeld and Dove’s resources for collaboration and co-teaching include Templates for creating EL profiles that will enable you to address their unique needs Prompts for Professional Learning activities (for teams or individuals) and further reading The latest research findings on best instructional practices that benefit ELs This is your concise, comprehensive guide to creating a powerful collaborative program to benefit your ELs. Start implementing it today and watch the outcomes improve.

Preparing Our Teachers

Preparing Our Teachers Author Peggy McNamara
ISBN-10 0309182859
Release 2002-11-12
Pages 193
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Today’s teachers face huge challenges, especially for teaching reading in the primary grades. They must understand as much as possible about how children develop and learn, what they know, and what they can do. They must be able to apply a variety of teaching techniques to meet the individual needs of students. Equally important, teachers must identify students’ strengths and weaknesses and plan instructional programs that help students make progress. But a recent study reveals that fewer than half of American teachers report feeling “very well prepared†to meet such challenges. Preparing Our Teachers seeks to improve that statistic by extracting practical information from the groundbreaking report issued by the National Research Council in 1998. This new book carefully outlines what classroom teachers need to know and what they need to be able to do to give children in preschool through grade 4 the essential opportunities to become good readers. It discusses what teacher education programs need to do to make their students good teachers of good readers and looks at what schools and school districts need to do to keep their teachers up to date for teaching reading. Students at risk for educational failure represent the fastest growing segment of our school population. Preparing Our Teachers demonstrates to educators, parents, and policy makers alike that the first and most enduring way to meet children’s literacy needs is to support their teachers and teachers-to-be.

A Leader s Guide to Science Curriculum Topic Study

A Leader s Guide to Science Curriculum Topic Study Author Susan Mundry
ISBN-10 1412978173
Release 2009-11-24
Pages 297
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The Curriculum Topic Study (CTS) process, funded by the US National Science Foundation, helps teachers improve their practice by linking standards and research to content, curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Key to the core book Science Curriculum Topic Study, this resource helps science professional development leaders and teacher educators understand the CTS approach and how to design, lead, and apply CTS in a variety of settings that support teachers as learners. The authors provide everything needed to facililtate the CTS process, including: a solid foundation in the CTS framework; multiple designs for half-day and full-day workshops, professional learning communities, and one-on-one instructional coaching; facilitation, group processing, and materials management strategies; and a CD-ROM with handouts, PowerPoint slides, and templates. By bringing CTS into schools and other professional development settings, science leaders can enhance their teachers' knowlege of content, improve teaching practices, and have a positive impact on student learning.

Simply Better

Simply Better Author Bryan Goodwin
ISBN-10 9781416614029
Release 2011-08-22
Pages 184
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We already know what works in schools; we just need to focus on getting it right. This is the premise of Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, which offers a practical, research-based framework for improving student achievement. According to author Bryan Goodwin, decades of research have shown time and again that focusing on the following five essential practices can vastly increase students' chances of doing well in school: * Guaranteeing that instruction is challenging, engaging, and intentional * Ensuring curricular pathways to success * Providing whole-child student supports * Creating high-performance school cultures * Developing data-driven, high-reliability district systems Whether at the district-, school-, or classroom-level, educators don't need to reinvent the wheel or pursue the latest trends to ensure that students succeed. This powerful book reveals what research clearly shows works best in schools, and provides a valuable blueprint for turning that knowledge into visible results.


CLARITY Author Lyn Sharratt
ISBN-10 1506358721
Release 2018-10-02
Pages 416
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Shared knowledge between educators breeds shared success in all systems and schools Comprehensive in scope, this book demands that educators and school leaders come together to bolster student achievement in the 21st century. Through emphasizing a collaborative process, Lyn Sharratt’s design demonstrates how shared knowledge and expertise can make every classroom more impactful and every teacher more effective. 14 essential parameters guide educators and school leaders toward building effective collaborative learning environments Case studies, vignettes and firsthand accounts from gifted teachers bring these important theories to life Date-driven activities and exercises challenge educators to tackle improvements in all facets of education

Supervision for Learning

Supervision for Learning Author James M. Aseltine
ISBN-10 9781416603276
Release 2006
Pages 243
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Traditional methods of supervision and evaluation focus on teachers' inputs: their lesson plans, instruction, and classroom management practices. But what matters most is the outcome they achieve: learning. This book introduces Performance-Based Supervision and Evaluation (PBSE), a data-driven and teacher-directed approach proven to build educators' analytical and instructional capacity to address the learning needs of their students. It's a move away from disconnected annual goals and outside-in improvement initiatives, and toward the full integration of teacher evaluation, strategic professional development, and school improvement planning. Supervision for Learning is an important resource for school leaders looking to * Honor the judgment of teachers while targeting student performance in areas of essential knowledge and skills articulated in standards; * Empower all teachers to use performance data as the basis for instructional decisions and monitor the effectiveness of these decisions through action research; * Develop meaningful collaborative relationships with and among teachers; and * Acquire authentic evidence of teacher and student growth. Authors James M. Aseltine, Judith O. Faryniarz, and Anthony J. Rigazio-DiGilio explain the best-practice foundations of their approach and provide guidelines for its implementation. Sample artifacts and illustrative vignettes bring the PBSE process to life, clarifying the supervisor's role, the teachers' responsibilities, and the students' gains. You'll also find a planning and monitoring tool that maps milestones within the development and evaluation cycle, along with strategies for reconciling this approach with district reporting requirements and budget realities.

Content Matters

Content Matters Author Stephanie M. McConachie
ISBN-10 0470549823
Release 2009-10-30
Pages 272
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An authoritative guide for improving teaching, learning, and literacy in content area classrooms This book introduces teachers to the Disciplinary Literacy instructional framework developed by the Institute for Learning, University of Pittsburgh. Grounded in the Principles of Learning developed by acclaimed educator Lauren Resnick, the framework is designed to prepare students, grades 6 and up, to master the rigorous academic content learning required for college success. Unlike 'generic' teaching models, the framework is specifically tailored for each of the content disciplines. Highly practical, the book shows teachers how to integrate literacy development and thinking practices into their routine content instruction, with separate chapters devoted to math, science, history, and English/language arts. The book also shows how school instructional leaders can support teachers in learning and using this instructional approach. Offers an innovative approach for improving literacy, thinking, and content learning in secondary students Includes detailed instructional guidance plus numerous classroom examples of lessons, dialogs, and teaching routines Features chapters on each of the content areas-math, science, language arts, and social sciences Provides leadership guidance in implementing the method Foreword written by internationally acclaimed educator and cognitive scientist Lauren Resnick

What Great Teachers Do Differently

What Great Teachers Do Differently Author Todd Whitaker
ISBN-10 9781317925903
Release 2013-08-06
Pages 144
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In the second edition of this renowned book, you will find pearls of wisdom, heartfelt advice, and inspiration from one of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness. With wit and understanding, Todd Whitaker describes the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions of great teachers and explains what they do differently. New features include: Meaning what you say Focusing on students first Putting yourself in their position