All Professional Development eBooks
Provides practical planning advice, case studies of successful programs, and numerous implementation resources. Also covers 1-to-1 leadership, tablet PCs, and the shift toward learner-centric educational environments.
This book provides educators with a proven, practical, and broadly applicable system for implementing new practices methodically and effectively.
This book explains why more schools aren't seeing significant improvement in students' reading ability when they implement Response to Intervention (RTI) or Multitiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in their literacy programs, and what successful schools are doing that sets them apart. Includes 10 success factors for implementing MTSS.
This book is a guide to how to teach the essential, high-frequency words that appear in academic contexts—and reverse the disadvantages of what she calls "word poverty." It provides a selection of engaging strategies to help educators across all content areas and grade levels not only teach students a large quantity of words but also ensure that they know these words well.
This text will help teachers transition from simply planning instruction to designing high-quality student work. The authors share stories of successful practice and practical tools ready for immediate classroom application, and also provide opportunities for reflection and closure designed to help teachers consider (or reconsider) their current beliefs and practices.
This book explains how you can assess and answer your students’ technology needs in terms of access, purpose, and audience--and why you and your school cannot afford to keep students from using technology in their education.
This book offers school and district leaders concise, practical advice on how to set up a hybrid mobile technology program or shift an existing 1:1 or BYOD program to the more flexible, cost-effective, equitable, and learning-focused hybrid approach.
This book explains how to teach young learners to be close readers and how to make close reading a habit of practice in the elementary classroom. It explores text complexity and how to determine if a particular text is right for your learning purposes and your students.
This book explains how to teach middle and high school students to be close readers, how to make close reading a habit of practice across the content areas, and why doing so will build content knowledge. It explores text complexity and how to determine if a particular text is right for your learning purposes and your students.
An in-depth resource for workshops, professional learning communities, teacher training, and self-help. Topics include how to establish good classroom management and effective relationships with students.
Shows teachers how to engage students through hands-on, visual, auditory, and olfactory stimuli and link the activities to relevant academic objectives. Provides classroom examples of how teachers use multisensory learning techniques to help students interact with material more intensely and retain what they learn for longer periods of time.
This practical reference clarifies what general education teachers need to know about special education law and processes and provides a guide to instructional best practices for the inclusive classroom.
This book shows teachers how to weave the cultivation of academic conversation skills and conversations into current teaching approaches. It describes how to use conversations to build academic vocabulary and grammar, critical thinking skills such, literacy skills, complex and abstract essential understandings, and an academic classroom environment brimming with respect for others' ideas, equity of voice, engagement, and mutual support.
This book presents a lesson planning approach for the secondary classroom that generates test success as a byproduct of comprehensive literacy learning.
Provides an overview of the research on internal motivation. Includes strategies for activating internal motivation at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Provides suggestions on how to assess degrees of student motivation and guidelines for integrating the principles of internal motivation with standards-based instruction.
Provides strategic talking points, conversation starters, and ready-made tools needed to explain how formative assessment improves student learning and achievement.
Presents the core processes that are essential for all school improvement efforts--from establishing a mission to differentiating supervision based on measures of success. Includes a nine-step curriculum planning and development process and the 5 phases of a practical cycle for data analysis.
With a compassionate approach, this book clarifies abuse and its circumstances, spells options for help, and suggests what communities can do to help end the violence.
This book addresses the needs of multilingual students who enter a new school and have to learn to adapt to a new country and a new language—and they must be assessed along with their peers. It presents the story of Ana, a newcomer to the United States and its school system and, in a month-by-month format, reveals how assessment affects students, teachers, families, and school leaders. It shows teachers how to collect, analyze, and act upon data about multilingual learners.
This book condenses the complexities of educational testing to six practical and action-oriented understandings about validity, reliability, fairness, score reporting, formative assessment, and affective assessment, in order to improve assessment practices and build a case for stopping ineffective ones.
This book explores the neurological and evolutionary factors that drive teenage behavior and can affect both achievement and engagement. The author proposes a redesign of educational practices and learning environments to deliberately develop teens' cognitive capacity to manage their emotions, prioritize, and focus.
This book identifies the 21 responsibilities associated with student achievement and shows how they relate to three key elements of effective leadership; establishing a clear focus, managing change, and developing a purposeful community.
Provides information on how to improve graduation rates, close achievement gaps, and teach 21st century knowledge and skills. Explains how any high school can improve by providing students the support they need to meet college and career-prep standards, and focusing teachers collectively on research-based instructional practices.
This book answers questions such as: How is taking risks inherent to mathematics? How do mathematicians balance intuition and proof? How can teachers value both productive mistakes and precision? It also provides dozens of practical teaching techniques to try in the classroom right away—strategies to stimulate students to connect ideas; rich tasks that encourage students to wonder, generalize, conjecture, and persevere; and routines to teach students how to collaborate.
Describes a purposeful classroom structure that relies on four phases. Included with the description of each phase are practical strategies that help teachers use this approach, plus tips on how to differentiate instruction, make effective use of class time, and plan backwards from learning objectives.
This book provide a practical blueprint for creating a cooperative and respectful classroom climate in which students and teachers work through behavioral issues together.
The book explores the three interrelated sequences of the field-tested Discourse and Writing Cycle—the Discourse Sequence, the Transition to Writing Sequence, and the Writing Sequence—and includes classroom examples and sample lesson plans from across the content areas of English, social studies, math, and science as a means to focus student thinking, fuel deeper learning, and build complex understanding.
This book provides teachers with a clear sense of the Standards for Mathematical Practice, along with ideas on how best to implement them in K–2 classrooms. Using examples from his own teaching and vignettes from many other teachers, the author invites teachers to break the cycle of teaching math procedurally; demonstrates what it means for children to understand math; and explores what it looks like when young children embrace the behaviors espoused by the practices.
This book introduces the Collaborative Teaching Improvement Model of Excellence (CTIME), a continuous improvement model that embraces personalized professional learning to ensure that teachers meet the core competencies for co-teaching without burning out along the way.
Instructs educators to create positive learning environments that prevent discipline problems from occurring. Explains why classroom management approaches that rely on rewards and punishments actually prolong behavior problems; how to turn misbehavior into teaching opportunities; and why changing curriculum can solve discipline problems.
This book proposes a new approach to pedagogy as the basis for the bold moves teachers and leaders need to make to engage all learners and prepare them for now and into the future. The authors examine every aspect of K-12 education, including teacher roles, curriculum, instruction, and assessment, as well as the physical and virtual learning spaces that engage 21st century teachers and learners.
Explains how educators can build safe and supportive classroom communities for students with learning disabilities; improve the focus of students with attention disorders; and create a rich and inviting learning environment for all students in an inclusive classroom.
Explains why insufficient background knowledge is a chronic cause of low achievement, and describes how a carefully structured combination of two approaches--sustained silent reading and instruction in subject-specific vocabulary--can help rescue low achievers and boost the academic performance of all students.
Introduces a new model to clarify the structural and interpersonal components of an equitable and schooling experience, as well as a survey-based tool to help school and teacher leaders uncover equity-related issues and organize their efforts to better address physical integration, social-emotional engagement, opportunity to learn, instructional excellence, and engaged and inspired learners.
Provides research-based techniques that will motivate students to excel in social studies classes. Explains how to organize learning environments and student groups to reinforce literacy instruction and knowledge of democratic principles.
Focuses on building the capacity of teachers, supporting teachers to help them reach their potential, and making the best use of teachers' individual and collective contributions to school improvement efforts.
This book explores the path by which administrative leaders may improve their math programs, offering an overview of what an effective program looks like and examples of actions to take to achieve that goal. It addresses the three components necessary for a successful math program: how to recognize, support, and evaluate effective teachers; the steps to take to move from grand ideas to concrete results; and how to approach obstacles to achieving your goal.
This book focuses on specific disabilities and inclusive curriculum scenarios for learners in K-12 environments. It offers advice on how to prevent labels from capping student potential and encouragement to help teachers continually improve learner outcomes, and walks teachers through the process of reinforcing, motivating, scaffolding, and planning for instruction that targets learners of all ability levels.
Describes how schools have to keep pace with a world that is being dramatically transformed by globalization, the "death of distance," and digital technology. Topics include expanding the definition of success beyond math and reading test scores and personalize schooling so that every student has an opportunity to learn.
Focuses on challenging every student, offering a rigorous curriculum, meeting 21st century learning challenges, using formative assessments, and preparing students for college and the world of work.
This book presents a detailed model for developing a more reliable, standards-based grading system, along with a 30-step guide for moving through the process. It also shows how to think in a new way about why grades are given and the purpose of a report card grade, and how to build a team of stakeholders - including teachers, principals, and guidance counselors - to lead the change process.
Provides a framework for effective teaching that can be applied in any subject area and grade level and practical tips on how to use rubrics, checklists, and point systems to convey your expectations.
This book offers a continuum of options, with four "destinations" on the road to improved grading and assessment.
Explores formative assessment techniques that work in any subject area and grade level. Includes types of oral language (speaking and listening) strategies; ways to use writing to check for understanding; student response techniques that increase participation and engagement; projects and performances that are easily integrated into daily classroom practice; and test items that help plan further instruction.
This book shows how teachers accomplish this using their most powerful teaching tool: language. It examines the relationship between language and learning to show how this works moment to moment in the classroom.
Provides educators with guidelines and steps for designing a comprehensive assessment program that ensures assessments and grades lead to timely, accurate feedback on specific, standards-based learning goals.
Provides instructional strategies that can be applied to ELL students in every grade level. Includes specific steps and guidance for educators that will boost the achievement levels of ELL students.
Identifies nine categories of instructional strategies that maximize student learning and explains the details of each including: studies in effect size and percentile gain units; guiding principles for using the strategies; and classroom examples of model instructional practice.
This book provides time-saving routines for general and special education teachers that will increase the active roles of co-teacher partners and intensify instruction for students. Co-planning strategies for meeting IEP goals, and tips for eliminating the frustrations and barriers often associated with co-planning, are also presented.
This work presents strategies, activities, and assessments that target students’ ability to comprehend complex text, both traditional written text or multimedia formats. It covers the essential elements of unit design and models for lesson planning; instruction for teaching vocabulary; questioning techniques; strategies and activities designed for teaching complex text; and how to measure text complexity and select appropriate texts that are aligned with curricular goals.
Presents an instructional approach that helps students in every grade level understand math concepts so they can apply them on assessments, across the curriculum, and outside of school. Provides teaching practices and lesson ideas that give students a stronger foundation for reasoning and problem solving.
Focuses on the importance of talk in classrooms. Presents core ideas from linguistics that call attention to roles and what lies behind these roles in terms of representation. Provides ways to help learners gain a curiosity and fascination with language.
This book examines how PTSD affects individuals and families and empowers youth to cope with the PTSD of a parent. It explores root causes and provides tools for mitigating the sometimes-considerable stress of having a parent with PTSD, including personal and family therapy.
This book explores the alienation and rejection many youth experience from cyberbullying, a form of abuse that takes many forms and is often accompanied by social exclusion, physical abuse, and other perils.
This book draws on lessons learned from educators across grade levels, content areas, and district demographics to present a guide to developing a culture of reflective practice in your school. It explores ideas to help gain a clear understanding of role and responsibilities—and those of the teachers—within each stage of the continuum of self-reflection, and uses real-life examples to determine how teacher-leadership activities and strategic coaching can move them forward.
This book describes how teachers can create a structured, student-centered environment that allows for openness and surprise, and where inquiry guides authentic learning. Strategies for fostering student curiosity through exploration, novelty, and play; questioning and critical thinking; and experimenting and problem solving are also provided.
This book explores the changing landscape of leadership and offers practical ways to reframe the role of school leader using Design Thinking.
Offers an experience-based and research-supported argument that detracking can raise achievement across the board and narrow the achievement gap. Provides educational leaders with strategies for launching, sustaining, and monitoring a successful detracking reform.
Provides a variety of practical instructional strategies to accommodate a broad range of learning styles, abilities, and curriculum content. Explores how to use technology to differentiate by student interest, readiness, ability, learning profile, content, process, and product.
Provides an overview of research on the uniqueness of middle school students and illustrates the importance of using technology to create differentiated lessons, especially with this age group.
This book explore how to use differentiated instruction to help students be more successful learners—regardless of background, native language, learning style, motivation, or school savvy.
This book discusses how elementary school educators can use differentiated instruction to help students be more successful learners—regardless of background, native language, learning preference, or motivation.
Explains the relevance and importance of digital citizenship and explores its elements. Provides a useful audit and professional development activities to help educators determine how to go about integrating digital citizenship concepts into the classroom.
This book is a guide to help teachers sort through, capture, and make sense of the messiness associated with assessment. By shining a spotlight on three types of student portfolios—performance, process, and progress—and how they can be used to assess student work, it assists educators in navigating the maze of digital tools and implement the results to drive instruction.
Provides detailed directions for preparation, production, and presentation of digital stories and the tools needed to create them. Teaches students to work collaboratively and to use new technologies required in the workforce of the future.
Offers practical solutions that focus on relationship building, curriculum relevance, and academic success. Emphasizes the prevention of problems by helping students to understand each other, work well together, and develop responsibility for their own actions. Also includes intervention strategies for handling common and severe problems in dignified ways.
This book provides in-depth guidance for implementing a proven approach to classroom management that can help students make better choices and teachers be more effective.
This book encourages educators to act against the debilitating effects of poverty on their students, while also discussing the five classroom practices that permeate the culture of successful high-poverty schools: caring relationships and advocacy, high expectations and support, commitment to equity, professional accountability for learning, and the courage and will to act.
This book shows teachers how they can free themselves from rigid and ineffective busywork by replacing lesson plans with learning journeys that are guided by the students’ abilities, interests, and skill levels rather than by pre-selected checklists of day-to-day benchmarks.
This book presents a snapshot of underachievement in gifted students and explores the reasons why it happens and how it can be addressed successfully.
This book offers a wide variety of ideas to teach writing using some of the richest and most beautiful children’s books available. It provides an annotated list of more than 120 books with do-it-today lesson ideas for teaching the traits of writing; eleven original essays by renowned children’s authors of some of the featured books; and a handy reference chart that helps teachers locate books quickly by trait, genre, language, and author/publisher information.
Provides educators with information on how to teach students from economically, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse groups. Includes dozens of subject-specific strategies for math, science, reading, writing, and social studies. Also includes strategies for increasing the achievement of immigrant and refugee children.
This book shows educators how to get the most out of educational coaching by exploring models of coaching that enhance teachers' thinking, help them overcome obstacles to success, and lead to lasting change.
This book provides teachers with the information and strategies they need to spot, advocate for, engage, and challenge exceptional learners in their classrooms. It enables them to learn how to recognize the challenges of each child, identify the five unexpected traits of exceptional learners, and adjust teaching to meet the needs of all learners.
A collection of articles that explore these questions. Do students really want to learn? Can schools and classrooms become joyful? Are there natural links between standard curriculum and what motivates students to learn?.
Provides a framework for successful teaching practice. Includes applications for state standards, formative assessments, and school specialists.
This guide offers advice and real-life examples from elementary and secondary units of study across a variety of content areas and standards, as well as field-tested rubrics, protocols, and other tools. It also provides criteria for evaluating each component of a curriculum and end-of-chapter checklists to help ensure that criteria are met.
In this guide, the author presents an approach informed by the teachers who helped him and honed through years of connecting with kids who needed someone to show them a path to a more positive future. He shares the little things you can do to prepare yourself for the hard work of making a difference and offers advice for bridging cultural divides, earning students' trust, and equipping them to take responsibility for their own success.
This book shows how to use problem-based learning as a daily approach to help students learn authentic and relevant content and skills and explains how to engage students in each of the seven steps in the problem-based learning model.
This book describes the universal topic of dealing with emotions for an adolescent audience. It equips modern teenagers with an understanding of the mechanics behind stress and depression and gives them advice for dealing with these issues.
This book provides 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.
Provides educators with information on how to provide motivational and challenging math instruction for middle and high school students. Includes advice on setting up the classroom, planning learning experiences, and assessing results.
This book provides educators with strategies for facilitating interactions among colleagues in PLCs and building trust and buy-in, and offers field-tested, user-friendly protocols to focus and deepen team discussions around texts, data, teacher and student work, teacher dilemmas, and collaborative planning time, as well as tips for anticipating and addressing interpersonal conflicts and obstacles that commonly arise during the use of protocols.
This book presents classroom strategies that reduce teachers’ workloads while increasing student participation, including how to refine classroom questioning techniques to continually check students' progress and provide instant feedback, and speeding up the correction process via student self-proofing and representative sampling.
This book offers guidance to help educators select, implement, and assess effective school- or districtwide initiatives. It is filled with resources like action checklists, principles to guide educators, and in-depth questions and protocols, for engaging in collaborative professional development activities that strengthen teaching and learning practices and improve student achievement.
This book extends and updates the case that schools could be on the cusp of swift, unparalleled improvements by focusing on the most essential, widely acknowledged, evidence-based practices that could have more impact than all other initiatives combined. These are: simple, coherent curricula; straightforward, traditional literacy practices; and lessons built around just a few effective elements of good teaching.
This book presents detailed examples of how formative walkthroughs work across grade levels and subject areas, and provide useful templates that administrators and coaches can use to get started.
This book explores an urgent and growing issue—childhood trauma—and its profound effect on learning and teaching. It can help educators cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment for students across all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings.
This text provides a raft of strategies for ensuring that students experience small, constructive failures as a means to greater achievement, and offers practical suggestions for ensuring that constructive failure doesn't detrimentally affect students' summative assessments.
Covers the cultural shift happening in schools with technology and provides a road map for how to navigate this change with buy-in from key stakeholders.
This book presents a growth planning process that integrates seamlessly with existing IEP and Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) structures and is also suitable for any student who has individualized or personalized goals, regardless of whether that student qualifies for special education services.
Instructs educators on how to be future-focused leaders. Includes trends that will affect education; ways to scan the environment and the world at large; a plan for setting priorities based on probabilities; a 4-step issue management process; steps to developing plausible scenarios for guiding strategic planning; and activities that make up a future-focused communications system.
This book provide a quick synopsis of the best ideas found to make the most of blended instruction by learning to navigate the technical details of Internet access and learning management systems.
Explains the mental processes students need to gather, organize, and understand information, and describes how educators can infuse their lessons with new routines and teaching approaches that influence students to become better, more independent learners.
Provides an introduction to global networks such as iEarn, Global Schoolhouse, and ePals and contains an overview of Web 2.0 tools that support global learning, such as wikis, blogs, and podcasts.
This book helps you plan instruction focused on literacy standards, organize your classroom for maximum benefit, and lead your students to independence through whole-group lessons, small-group focus, and partner learning at literacy stations.
Through first-hand accounts, learn how the habits of mind help students at all grade levels successfully deal with the challenges they face in school and beyond.
In this book, readers learn how to spot the warning signs of an abusive relationship, how to be supportive of a friend who needs help, and what kind of resources are available to both the helper and the victim.
This book introduces young readers to the basic principles of coding, including variables, binary code, loops, programming languages, and more.
This book introduces young readers to the basic principles of chemistry, including atoms, the elements, compounds, reactions, and more.
This book covers the fundamentals of differentiating instruction for students in an academically diverse classroom and provides additional guidelines and new strategies for how to go about it. It explores what differentiation is and why it is essential, how to set up the flexible and supportive learning environment that promotes success, how to manage a differentiated classroom, and how to plan lessons differentiated by readiness, interest, and learning profile.
Provides educators with ideas on matching instructional approaches to the readiness, interests, and talents of all students: learning centers, hands-on activities, contracts, and investigative projects. Describes ways of structuring lessons to provide "scaffolds" for the lesson content, the procedures used in learning, and the products of learning.
Intended to help teachers provide effective feedback to students. Focuses on feedback that comes from a teacher to a student and is based on student work.
This book offers enhanced guidance for considering the effectiveness of properly crafted and individually tailored feedback on student work. It provides information on every aspect of feedback, including strategies to uplift and encourage students to persevere in their work; how to formulate and deliver feedback that both assesses learning and extends instruction; and when and how to use oral, written, and visual as well as individual, group, or whole-class feedback.
Learn how to maximize "tough times" and "money issues" to help your school thrive with inexpensive, and time-efficient programs and initiatives. Topics include identifying stages of team development that lead to more productive and time-efficient meetings.
This book aids teachers and administrators in understanding the critical elements and nuances of assessment data and how that information can best be used to inform improvement efforts in the school or district.
This book presents a thoughtful and practical approach to achieving breakthrough success with linguistically and culturally diverse students who struggle in school. Strategies for setting high expectations, providing access to the core curriculum, using assessment to inform instruction, attending to language development—both English and academic, and creating a supportive classroom climate are also discussed.
This book has been updated to include recent research and developments in the fields of memory and teaching, and offers seven concrete, actionable steps to help students use what they've learned when they need it. These include training students to recode new concepts in their own words to clarify understanding, and how to use feedback to ensure that relevant information is binding to necessary neural pathways.
This book guides educators at all levels in figuring out how to produce grades for single assignments and report cards that accurately communicate student achievement of learning goals. It explores topics that are fundamental to effective grading and learning practices, including acknowledging that all students can learn, supporting and motivating student effort and learning, designing and grading appropriate assessments, and implementing learning-focused grading policies.
This book educates teens about suicide risk factors, suicidal thoughts, and how to cope with them.
This book is written for busy school leaders who want to foster learning and growth not only for students but also for teachers. Effective leadership is vital in creating a culture of collaboration, modeling continuous improvement, and developing enhanced engagement throughout the building.
Focuses on the real crux of teacher supervision: how learners are learning. Topics include how to make the right adjustments in the areas that have the most impact on student achievement: curriculum, instruction, assessment, and feedback practices.
Explains the four critical areas of teaching and describes how educators can use an approach that increases student success. Offers step-by-step instructions for developing a curriculum document, planning your instructional activities, choosing a set of classroom assessment tasks, and recording meaningful feedback on student performance.
Provides practical options for handling the teachers' many tasks: from beginning a class to maintaining engagement, from motivating slackers to managing disrupters, from building efficient routines to cushioning student anxiety, and numerous other workable strategies.
A guide for teachers to help their students come out as winners in a test-pressured environment and explains how to do that with a practical framework for teaching in the accountability age.
This book provides insight and demonstrates how educator-centered instructional coaching can make a difference in teacher learning, instructional practice, and student outcomes.
Explains how the combination of the Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design frameworks can ensure all students are learning at maximum levels. Describes how a curriculum built on the goal of student understanding, integrated with instructional approaches that emphasize reaching every learner, can provide teachers with more specific teaching targets and more flexible ways to reach them.
This book introduces the powerful FIT Teaching Tool, which harnesses the FIT Teaching approach and presents a detailed continuum of growth and leadership.
This book takes a playful approach to finding joy in our daily lives and features the many ways children can experience happiness. From finding joy in stories to finding joy in quiet time, readers will recognize the moments and actions that put a smile on their face each day.
This book offers lessons that educators at all levels can apply to teaching, assessing, counseling, and designing interventions for learners from all walks of life. It also offers real-life examples of challenging classroom situations, each with a detailed breakdown of how they were peacefully and non-punitively resolved and strategies for designing learning environments suited to the individual needs of students and reflective of their cultural backgrounds.
This book examines theories and statistics on school safety, dispels common misunderstandings, and provides school leaders with the specific information they need to prepare for and effectively respond to natural disasters, accidents, or violent events.
This book shows how to infuse leadership, collaboration, communication, and capacity building with an understanding of individuals' experiences and capacities—and how they influence our day-to-day work.
Explains how teachers and administrators can make sure change efforts lead to better results. Topics include effective planning models for change that include highly focused goals and action plans.
This book is a guide for ensuring that your school provides the federally guaranteed "least restrictive environment" for students no matter the severity of the challenges they face.
This book provides an overview of the reflective thinking and action-oriented steps necessary to launch a system of continuous professional learning, culture building, and program assessment that will allow differentiation to flourish in every classroom.
This book encourages educators and administrators to examine their own thinking about what constitutes high-quality teaching so they can work toward a shared vision, identify teachers' many strengths as potential assets for achieving the shared vision, recognize ways in which most teachers are already leading, support leadership collaboration through efficient, effective communication, and develop the trust required to learn to lead together.
This book shows school administrators, principals, and other education leaders how to apply the author's model to the work of running schools and districts. It offers an overview of the case for simple, focused school and district leadership; examples of real schools and districts that have embraced focused leadership; and a practical implementation guide for ensuring focused leadership in schools and districts.
This book outlines eight keys--each a piece of a puzzle for transforming the K-12 education system of teaching and learning--to intentionally design tomorrow's schools so that today's learners are prepared for success . . . and stand ready to create new industries, find new cures, and solve world problems.
Encompasses immediate and practical considerations that promote using the Habits of Mind in classrooms and schools every day. Also, addresses the concern for creating a learning culture that considers the Habits of Mind as central to building a thoughtful community and world.
Provides educators with information on how to plan creative museum projects that target content standards and develop students' understanding of required subject matter.
This teacher-friendly guide offers everything needed to help students who are bored, frustrated, or under performing come alive to learning through the fundamental power of choice. It provides examples of choice in action, ideas to try with different students, and a step-by-step process to help plan and incorporate choice into your classroom.
Explores the research on learning and describes how teachers can work backwards from learning goals to ensure all students reach their maximum potential. Also describes how to extend this learning-driven approach beyond the classroom to ensure that teacher supervision and professional development programs emphasize learner outcomes.
Featuring classroom examples, lesson imaging templates, and tips on how to start the process, this book helps teachers anticipate students' ideas and questions and stimulate deeper learning in science, math, engineering, and technology.
This book shines a spotlight on gamification, an instructional approach that’s revolutionizing K–12 education. Students build knowledge through experimentation and then apply what they’ve learned to fuel further exploration at higher levels of understanding.
This book explains why ensuring high-quality reading instruction is one of school leaders’ most important jobs and introduce their Literacy Classroom Visit (LCV) Model. Meticulously researched and refined through years of application in the field, the LCV Model enables administrators to evaluate and improve literacy instruction in their school or district.
This book will help teachers solve the dilemma: What does the rest of my class do while I'm working with a small reading group? It offers practical suggestions for over a dozen literacy work stations that link to instruction. Learn how to set up work stations, how to manage them, and how to keep them going throughout the year.
This resource addresses the practical changes that result when a family member falls ill and guides readers through the emotional process of dealing with the illness of a loved one.
This book explores how to turn students into flexible mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. It focuses on the following areas: making sense of math by fostering habits of mind that help students analyze, understand, and adapt to problems; addressing the mathematical building blocks necessary to include in effective math instruction; and turning teaching "upside down" by shifting how we teach, focusing on discussion and analysis as much as we focus on correct answers.
Provides educators with information that will ensure that state standards lead to higher student achievement. Describes how to sequence content and set up grading scales that help facilitate formative assessment and effective instruction. Provides steps for converting standards into guidelines that are more useful to classroom teachers.
This book provides a compelling vision for teacher growth that encourages and supports instructional expertise, along with nearly three dozen step-by-step protocols for working with teachers. These protocols present a powerful rationale for re-conceptualizing teacher evaluation by creating a balanced system of three equally important components: Reliable and valid evaluation, empowering and focused supervision, and meaningful and purposeful reflection.
Structured around the five essential reading elements -- comprehension, fluency, phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary -- the book provides practical tips, sample lessons, lesson plans and templates, suggestions for related literacy work stations, and connections to whole-group instruction.
This book identifies eight root causes of "time management difficulties" and provides treatment in the form of advice, support, and coping techniques.
Discusses some of the most powerful cultural differences that can lead to classroom conflict for many students and how educators can capitalize on these differences to make their classroom a harmonious, productive environment.
Provides an approach to classroom management that deals with accepting teenage students as they are and recognizing what they need: a connection with the curriculum; a sense of order; and most essentially, a sense that someone cares.
This book explores classroom-tested formative assessment moves—priming, posing, pausing, probing, bouncing, tagging, and binning--including foundational research, explaining how and when to best use them and describing what they look like in practice. Highlights include case studies, try-now tasks, and tips and advice from beginning and seasoned teachers who use these formative assessment moves in their classrooms.
In this book, you'll find ideas to help children develop conceptual understanding and skills, use math vocabulary as they talk about their mathematical thinking, and connect big ideas to independent exploration and practice. It details how to set up, manage, and keep math stations going throughout the year.
This book details the crucial role program evaluation serves in school success and how to implement meaningful evaluations that make a difference. It provides a road map of how to conduct comprehensive, system-wide evaluations of programs and processes; the tools needed to obtain usable, pertinent information; and how to use these data to expand teachers' and administrators' data-informed decision-making focus.
Describes how educators can collaborate with others to reverse poor motivation, reward student success, and realize higher achievement in even the most challenged school districts.
Offers advice on what to do about the chronic achievement gap between black males and other student populations. Understand why lack of proficiency in reading, writing, and math among black males is a symptom of deeper problems that are generally ignored.
Provides updates on multiple intelligences theory and its many applications to schools and classrooms. Topics include how to address common criticisms of the MI model and the success of international applications of MI theory.
This title provides updates on multiple intelligences theory and its many applications to schools and classrooms. Topics include how to address common criticisms of the MI model and the success of international applications of MI theory. This updated edition examines how emerging neurodiversity research, trends toward greater instructional personalization, and rapidly evolving virtual learning tools have affected the use of MI theory to enhance student achievement.
Defines the responsibilities of district and school leaders in the effective use of technology in education.
Addresses the need for basic technology competence, and also incorporates the skills and knowledge that students require to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital society.
Covers technology standards for teachers and provides profiles for each stage of teacher education from general preparation through first-year teaching. Includes the new standards for students with its emphasis on skills and expertise supported by technology.
A guide that helps teachers develop a more fluid and automatic way to respond to students and deliver great teaching experiences.
This book identifies seven mastery principles and explains how to use them to guide planning, instruction, assessment, and classroom management. It provides all-new, empowering advice on navigating external evaluation, and includes a self-assessment to help teachers identify current levels of mastery and take control of their own practice.
This book explores how one of the most fundamental instructional strategies—questioning—can provide the proper scaffolding to deepen student thinking, understanding, and application of knowledge.
This collection of articles includes tips and strategies, reflections on the profession as a whole, and descriptions of practices that can make the teaching experience more effective and more rewarding.
This collection of articles covers what research says about the teaching of both reading and reading comprehension—from teaching phonics to improving fluency to tackling complex texts. It offers strategies for teaching informational texts as well as fiction. Most important, it also addresses how to inspire the love of reading.
This collection of articles pulls together some of the best pieces on formative assessment and feedback that will help educators understand how to best use the data they have at their fingertips.
This collection of articles brings together fifteen insightful and passionate pieces that will help you better understand how poverty affects learning and what educators can do to make a positive difference for each learner every day.
This book shows how the words teachers choose affect the worlds students inhabit in the classroom, and ultimately their futures. It explains how to engage children with more productive talk and to create classrooms that support not only students' intellectual development, but their development as human beings.
This book presents a strategy for how educators can build effective partnerships with parents—especially those who typically have not been actively involved in their children’s schooling. It includes case studies spanning the K–12 spectrum, and it explores ways to assist struggling students, collaborate on IEPs, use school-based events to engage parents in problem solving, and tap into community resources to work effectively with families of English language learners.
This book celebrates the mindfulness that guides young readers through the day and features many ways children can experience peace. From finding peace in nature to finding peace in each other, readers will recognize the moments, things, and people that help them find their center.
This book explains how to develop a collaborative, learning-focused culture and build trust among colleagues; offers strategies for participating in difficult conversations that yield useful feedback; clarifies how to develop, sustain, and evaluate peer coaching efforts; and showcases exemplary peer coaching practices used in real schools.
This book explores the role peer feedback plays in learning and teaching. It will help teachers gain an understanding of what meaningful feedback looks like; establish a student-led learning environment that supports risk taking and honest sharing; teach students to be adept peer strategists; develop cooperative student expert groups; and use technology to enhance collaboration, streamline the learning and revision process, and strengthen students' digital citizenship skills.
Discusses the six most pervasive problem areas in high school education today, and what schools are doing to connect with students, personalize learning, differentiate instruction, and make high school curriculum more relevant.
Positively Purple explores the power of empathy and friendship in building a child's self-esteem, with a clear message that change in your appearance does not change how your friends feel about you.
Provides school principals with information on how to keep on top of the human relationships and dynamics at work in their schools.
Explains how to create the right circumstances for group learning so that students build on one another's understanding and end up knowing more than they would have working alone.
This book provides a framework for developing professional learning experiences that spark and maintain teacher motivation and lead to real changes in practice. It makes the case for a better approach—one that melds traditional PD structures with personalized learning. The author's three-stage professional development for learning (PDL) process covers critical aspects of planning, providing, and following up.
This book provides a detailed look at what's happening in Project Based Learning classrooms from the perspective of the Project Based Teacher. Included are a wide range of practical strategies and teachers' reflections along with suggestions from their classroom experiences.
Provides different protocols for facilitating PLC conversations and activities used to to examine student work, explore instructional practice, address problems, or engage your colleagues in discussion.
Includes empirical studies of principal practice as linked to student achievement, case studies of principals, meta-analyses of principal effectiveness, and other reviews of research.
Focuses on cultivating teacher qualities that are most apt to raise student achievement. Establishes definitive benchmarks for top-flight teacher education and professional development programs. This approach also includes teachers who work with at-risk and high-ability students.
Focuses on cultivating teacher qualities that are most apt to raise student achievement. Establishes definitive benchmarks for top-flight teacher education and professional development programs. This approach also includes teachers who work with at-risk and high-ability students. Checklists of skills and positive qualities associated with effective teacher performance are included.
This work presents and analyzes the DNA of productive discussions—teacher-guided, small-group, and student-driven. It provides an in-depth exploration of questioning as the beating heart of thoughtful discussions as important components of classroom instruction that work in tandem to push learning forward and move students from passive participants to active meaning-makers.
Explores how to use a news aggregator to harness the power of RSS for a variety of purposes, including classroom projects, professional development, and keeping students and parents informed.
Built around a framework of four intentions--alignment, balance, sustainability, and joy, this book offers teachers a series of lessons that help children read closely and carefully while still honoring their interests, passions, and agency as readers. The lessons here, which have been field-tested in grades 1-5, are interconnected and empower classroom communities, are filled with anecdotes and insights, and are practical, sustainable, and frequently joyful.
This book uses the framework from Webb's Depth of Knowledge to address the application of rigor to literacy instruction, offering experience-based advice along with specific examples of K–8 assessment items. Topics include standards, text complexity, close reading, student interaction, and formative assessment.
This text explains the four keys to real engagement: clarity, context, challenge, and culture. The strategies provided for improving classroom assignments, assessments, and environments will help teachers create learning experiences that are rigorous, meaningful, and rewarding for their students and themselves.
In this book, teachers will learn why students need to be able to identify and solve authentic, project-worthy problems in their own communities and beyond; how to connect with real-world experts, allies, and audiences; and what practical, field-tested strategies are essential for planning, assessing, and using technology to support successful projects.
Explores the essential elements of a teacher leader framework that promotes deep implementation of effective teaching practices. Provides practical ways to support networks of teacher leaders at the school, district, and state levels.
Offers educators a guide for maximizing the benefits of project-based learning in today's technology-rich learning environment.
Explores how to enhance students' memory and test-taking abilities, based on brain research. Provides ways to captivate and hold students' attention and encourage their participation and progress.
Discusses how schools can exceed expectations, swiftly reduce achievement gaps, and enhance the lifetime learning of all students. Describes simple actions that can swiftly and substantially improve education and provides a set of structures and practices for improving instruction in any school.
This book describes four broad supports crucial to helping early-career teachers succeed and stay in the profession: comprehensive induction programs, supportive administrators, skilled mentors, and helpful colleagues. It offers practical, research-based strategies to help leaders provide these supports and create a culture of collaboration across the school.
This book will show all educators how standards-based grading can authentically reflect student progress and learning—and significantly improve both teaching and learning.
Covers the debate over whether homework is an essential component of rigorous schooling or a harmful practice. Topics include how to avoid the "homework trap" and "seven steps to building better relationships with parents about homework".
This book offers strategies for revamping how teachers assign homework and argues that homework went from being a positive practice to a hotly contested battle. It addresses a range of issues, such as teachers who fear assigning too little homework versus teachers who overwhelm students with daily assignments, the important role parents play in motivating students to complete their homework, and how homework can be used to improve student outcomes.
Features why Google Applications are the best free online learning tools available today. Topics include how students and educators can collaborate with Google Documents, how the forms application allows teachers to create instant-feedback quizzes, and how a literature class can take lit trips with Google Maps.
This text shows K-12 school leaders how to support STEM programs that excite students and teachers—even if the leader is not an expert in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Offers practical advice to help middle and high school students stay safe online by making better choices and minimizing their risks.
This book offers practical advice and strategies that help you build positive energy to reinvigorate your school's culture and staff. It zeroes in on key school improvement efforts, including moving from the culture you have to the culture you want; using the school's culture to improve teaching, job satisfaction, and morale; maximizing the intentions of professional learning communities; and developing organizational habits that can contribute to positive change.
This book offers tools, strategies, and advice for defining, assessing, and ultimately transforming your school's culture into one that is positive, forward-looking, and actively working to enrich students’ lives.
Explains critical leadership principles that every administrator needs to know including how school leaders can increase student achievement and which leadership practices have the biggest impact on school effectiveness.
Describes how to start with the school's mission and goals and develop a powerful school improvement plan focused on desired results. Explains how to use Understanding by Design's backward-design process to determine the evidence for the plan's success and to plan improvement steps in instruction and leadership roles. Provides action ideas for starting the school improvement process and keeping it going.
Emphasizes the importance of balance in creating school environments that are safe and productive. Provides educators, administrators, and IT staff the information they need to have constructive conversations about security challenges while still making sure students receive an effective, technology-infused education.
This book take readers through the step-by-step process of how to create, implement, and assess project based learning (PBL) using a classroom-tested framework. Also included are chapters for school leaders on implementing PBL system wide and the use of PBL in informal settings.
This book shows teachers how to incorporate social and emotional learning into a busy day and then extend these skills to literacy lessons for young children.
Examines the issues surrounding online social networking, including the positive and negative aspects of this communication, personal privacy, and personal safety.
In this book, the authors identify and describe the 25 most common problems in curriculum unit design and recommend how to fix them—and avoid them when planning new units.
This book outlines why traditional homework causes dread and frustration for students; how flipped learning—completing the harder or more analytical aspects of learning in class as opposed to having students do it on their own—improves student learning; and how teachers can create flipped assignments that both engage students and advance student learning.
This book is packed with ideas for both new and veteran teachers of K-8 students, covering a variety of topics that are especially relevant to the first week of school. It provides critical information that includes arranging and navigating the classroom, setting basic expectations, communicating routines, and understanding your students' needs. You'll gain new insights for the first week of school and for a successful year for students, parents, and teachers.
Provides educators with the information and resources they need to get their students podcasting, including tutorials, adaptable units, and a discussion of ethics and copyright considerations.
This book maps out a transformative model of personalization that puts students at the center and asks them to employ the set of dispositions for engagement and learning known as the Habits of Mind.
This book explores how the special education teacher and the general education teacher work together to create a student's individualized education plan (IEP) towards each student meeting carefully crafted goals. It addresses five common challenges posed by IEPs: understanding the full scope of the teacher's role, doing critical prep work for IEP meetings, offering modifications and accommodations, contributing to the IEP team, and monitoring student progress.
Explores numerous summarization strategies, including all of the steps and examples educators need to start using summarization to improve students' comprehension and boost their long-term memory.
Provides information on how to transform a supervisory system into a performance-based model that connects to student achievement and teacher professional development.
Focuses on supporting students by differentiating instruction, using scaffolds and interventions, being inclusive and positive, and responding to 21st century learning challenges.
This book explains how bullying happens and offers solutions for teens to get through it safely.
Provides a leadership plan and action steps that will build on students' literacy skills and intervene with students who falter. Includes strategies to integrate literacy and learning across the content areas; support structures that involve teachers, administrators, parents, and community members in your literacy program; and examples of school environments that sustain literacy development.
Learn how to overcome budget cuts, lack of leadership, top-down mandates, and other obstacles to professional development. Topics include how to combine time, a motivational system, and teacher leadership to generate a schoolwide improvement effort.
This book presents the groundbreaking results of the Institute's half-decade of research, development, and practice: a simple but powerful model for personalizing students' learning experiences by building their levels of commitment, ownership, and independence.
This book provides a guide for teachers from K-8 through high school to enrich technological skills, social development, and digital aptitude in the classroom.
This book provides tools to assess your current self-reflective tendencies, identify opportunities to reflect on your instruction, and begin to forge a path toward continuous growth and educational excellence.
Provides a foundation for developing and supporting highly committed teacher leaders. Including advice for administrators and practical tips for experienced and aspiring teacher leaders, this book presents a clear plan for ensuring that teacher leadership is a powerful force for school improvement.
This book demonstrates how to build productive teams and intentionally create an environment of professional engagement in your school by utilizing these four steps: establishing guidelines and protocols, managing and resolving conflicts, refining decision-making skills, and building team capacity.
Explains how proven coaching strategies can help teachers inspire students and boost their performance in any subject and grade level. Discusses why a coaching environment creates more student motivation and higher engagement, and provides the strategies and techniques that winning coaches use to help groups and individuals work more productively, overcome difficulties, and achieve meaningful and measurable goals.
This book covers the basics of effective mathematical communication and offers specific strategies for teaching students how to speak and write about math.
In this book, the authors explain metacognition and how it equips students to meet today’s rigorous education standards. They present a unique blend of useful metaphors, learning strategies, and instructional tips you can use to teach your students to be the boss of their brains.
This book explains how teachers can use reflection to help students decipher their own learning needs and engage in deep, thought-provoking discourse about progress.
This book details how to design, manage, and maintain an active classroom that balances autonomy and structure. It offers student-centered strategies on sorting, station teaching, and cooperative learning that will help teachers build on students' intellectual curiosity, self-efficacy, and sense of purpose.
This book shows how teachers can more purposefully integrate technology into instruction to facilitate the practice and mastery of each of the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) along with other learning objectives.
Provides educators with an understanding of how the brain processes language, emotion, and other stimuli. Includes brain research compatible techniques that help to increase students' motivation to read.
This book outlines a comprehensive, collaborative approach to teaching that focuses on students' strengths and resiliency. It encourages educators to embrace teaching and school-wide practices that support and enhance the academic and social-emotional development of students living with trauma, violence, and chronic stress.
Shows educators how to effectively use digital video in four core curriculum areas: science, social studies, English language arts, and math.
Covers why and how the effects of poverty have to be addressed in classroom teaching and school and district policy. Topics include what poverty does to children's brains and why students raised in poverty are especially subject to stressors that undermine school behavior and performance.
Explores how to improve student achievement and create a more effective classroom by applying brain research to teaching. Includes insights on how students are wired for learning and how their learning behaviors change as they mature.
Presents a model for ensuring quality teaching that balances the necessity of research-based data with the equally vital need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of individual students.
This book merges the idea of teamwork with the concept of an artisan-apprentice relationship; when newer members of the profession work alongside experts ("artisans"). Over time, the apprentices become artisans themselves and in turn share the art and craft of teaching with newer teachers.
This book provides a step-by-step guide for the implementation of Spider Web Discussion, covering everything from introducing the technique to creating rubrics for discussion self-assessment to the nuts and bolts of charting the conversations and using the data collected for formative assessment.
Explores learning settings, pedagogical tools, and instructional approaches that any school can adopt to inspire students of all ages to discover their passion for learning.
This book addresses a dilemma faced by many principals: how to function as learning leaders while fulfilling their evaluative and management duties. The answer? Incorporating instructional coaching techniques as an integral part of serious school improvement.
Provides a way for any teacher to structure literacy (and now math) time to increase student independence and allow for individualized attention in small groups and one-on-one.
Explains instructional approaches that meet the needs and interests of every student. Includes principles that guide a differentiated classroom; instructional strategies that make it easier to provide multiple learning paths for students; practical ways to give students options about how they learn required curriculum; and steps to get started with differentiation or take it to a higher level.
Includes common misconceptions about differentiation; nonnegotiables that are essential to the implementation of differentiated instruction; factors that contribute to failure to change classroom practice; leadership lessons for accomplishing the change process; tools for monitoring and evaluating the change toward differentiation; and characteristics of staff development practices that support differentiated instruction.
Explores how educators are tackling major challenges in math education including: emphasizing algebraic thinking, problem solving, and communication; connecting math activities to larger purposes and everyday experiences; differentiating instruction based on students' learning styles, interests, and readiness levels; and helping teachers use classroom assessment to guide instruction.
Provides program ideas and practices that will prepare school science programs for stricter new learning objectives and performance goals.
For success in school and life, students need more than proficiency in academic subjects and good scores on tests. To truly thrive, students need to develop attributes that aren't typically measured on standardized tests. In this book, educators will learn how to foster the "Formative Five" success skills that today's students need, including : empathy; self-control; integrity; embracing diversity; and grit.
Contains strategies for a successful literacy coaching initiative including: roles and responsibilities of literacy coaches; keys to building positive collaboration among literacy coaches, support staff, and faculty members; fundamentals of adult learning that apply in a coaching relationship; ideas to help you monitor the effectiveness of your initiative; and ways to communicate effectively to students and fellow teachers.
Provides specific guidance for teacher educators, teachers, administrators, and others who seek to use the framework to improve their programs and practice. Includes tools for using the framework in teacher preparation, teacher recruitment and hiring, teacher mentoring and peer coaching, professional development, and teacher evaluation.
In this book, the author introduces the Teacher Intentionality Practice Scale (TIPS), a framework for both supporting and measuring effective teaching. Taken together, the framework's seven TIPs provide a research-based, classroom-tested guide to help teachers create coherent, connected lessons.
Provides research-based pathways that teachers can take, regardless of their experience, to grow professionally and aim for truly inspired teaching.
Provides a framework to help all English Language Learners (ELLs) reach their full potential. Topics include content reading strategies that help ELLs overcome the challenges of academic reading.
Provides school leadership actions and guideposts that will lead to higher student achievement.
This book explores an approach to teaching and learning that improves student motivation, knowledge acquisition, retention, and academic success.
Provides a reliable blueprint and a set of strategies that are proven to work across a broad spectrum of students. Describes how to get students in every grade focused and ready to learn by developing lesson plans and grading practices that allow every student to experience academic success through sustained effort.
A guide intended to assist new teachers during the first days, weeks, and months of the first year of teaching, to ensure that they are ready for the challenges of the job, equipped with the background knowledge and support they will need for many years to come.
This book calls for the ground-up redevelopment of assessment in U.S. education. It maps out the adjustments in practice and culture necessary to generate both accurate accountability data and the specific evidence of individual mastery that will support sound instructional decision making and better learning in the classroom.
Offers focused, daily writing sessions that provide students with consistent, long-term engagement, teaching them to be more fluent in their writing. The author outlines this process and also describes what it looks like in the classroom, explains how to assess student work, and highlights several inspirations that motivate students to write.
This book looks at the power and promise of the teenage brain from an empathetic, strength-based perspective, and describes what middle and high school educators can do to make the most of their students' potential.
Presents detailed advice and ideas to provide assistive technology services to effectively and efficiently help students.
This book guides motivated school leaders through 50 self-reflection exercises designed to yield a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the work that they do.
This book explores the definition of leadership and including clear targets that support the ongoing growth and development of leaders. It enables principals to learn to capitalize on their leadership roles as visionary, instructional leader, engager, and learner and collaborator. It also offers 17 criteria of effective practice that allow leaders to focus on behaviors that have the greatest direct effect on the culture and status of learning and teaching.
This book provides school administrators with an initial guide to establishing a strong math culture, including developing common tasks, getting buy-in, and suggestions for monitoring, supporting, and sustaining improvement.
Provides teaching strategies for every grade and subject, with dozens of variations and steps and examples for how to implement them. Instructs teachers on how to choose the right strategy, matching strategy to instructional objectives.
This book takes readers on a reflective journey designed to reignite their passion for teaching. It provides teachers with ideas for strengthening student success in the classroom at all times and under all circumstances.
Provides a systematic structure and steps for conducting teacher interviews at district and school levels.
A major part of good writing instruction is finding the right mentor texts to share with students. Within this book, you’ll discover more than ninety mentor texts, along with activities that incorporate the traits of writing across informational, narrative, and argument modes.
This book presents the five I’s: information, images, interaction, inquiry, and innovation, and how they relate to developing students’ critical and creative thinking skills. It provides step-by-step procedures for teaching 12 key thinking skills and shares lesson examples from teachers.
This book provides detailed descriptions of the Total Participation Techniques (TPTs) with step-by-step instructions and includes new techniques to engage K–12 students in active learning as well as ways to adapt and personalize the techniques to fit your context and content. Techniques are presented in four parts: overview, implementation instructions, student participation, and classroom personalization, with real-world examples and toolkits for all levels of learning.
Explores how cell phones can be used as learning tools inside or outside of the classroom.
Explains what formative assessment really is, and how to use this approach to improve teaching, learning, classroom climate, teacher professional development, and school performance.
Provides an overview of successful professional development programs that expand teachers' knowledge, skill, and confidence in using technology tools in teaching and learning environments, with the focus on improving teaching and learning rather than on the technology use.
This book provides detailed case studies from all grade levels to illustrate reading assessment done well. It also includes 15 reproducible forms and checklists that teachers and administrators can use to optimize their reading assessment efforts.
Provides a framework for good design--of curriculum, assessment, and instruction--focused on developing and deepening understanding of important ideas. Explains how educators can design learning experiences that make it much more likely that students understand content and apply it in meaningful ways.
This book offers concrete ways to identify student strengths and then build on them in your classroom or school throughout the year.
This book provides teachers with concrete strategies for achieving the worthy goal of "algebra for all" that will not be possible until "fractions for all" is a reality. It offers three fundamental reasons why it's imperative for us to take a closer look at how we teach fractions: fractions play a key role in students' feelings about mathematics; fractions are fundamental to school math and daily life; and fractions are foundational to success in algebra.
This book aims to encourage schools to become more innovative and entrepreneurial, finding better ways to help students learn. The process involves seven steps: starting with moral purpose, unleashing curiosity, building on bright spots, peer coaching toward precision, leading from the inside out, and moving the goal posts.
Presents new educational tools that support research-based instruction, and learn new ways to use educational technologies, such as word processing and spreadsheet applications, multimedia, data collection tools, communication software, and the Internet.
This book provides a practical guide of ensuring that all students have equitable access to high-quality curriculum and instruction in multicultural and language diverse classrooms.
Provides an overview of the emerging Web 2.0 technologies and their use in the classroom and in professional development.
Explores the very best online collaborative tools available today (including blogs, wikis, and social networking) and Web 2.0 applications (Skype, Google Earth, Wordle, and more) that make a difference in education.
This book explains how to improve students’ problem solving and creativity through “possibility thinking” and “lesson unplanning,” and includes four basic action principles for designing and solving complex challenges. It also presents steps for developing legacy challenges to foster lasting contributions.
This book explores how the gap in measures of achievement between students in the United States and those in other countries can be reduced. It provides analysis of recent international assessment results, in-depth profiles of high-achieving education systems around the globe, strategies for aligning successful educational approaches from international systems to U.S. schools, and transformative ideas for cultivating a truly world-class system of schooling.
Provides an overview of effective online teaching and learning practices.
Provides information for schools and teachers on how to improve student achievement. Discusses which instructional strategies really work; why data is a critical component to school improvement; how important collegiality and professional development are; and what types of parental and community involvement make a difference.
This book explores how some traditional scaffolding practices may actually rob students of important learning opportunities and independence. It suggests ways to make small but powerful adjustments to instruction that hold students accountable for their own learning.
This book provides a mentor’s guidance to steer new principals through the period of adjustment and set the foundation for a long and rewarding career. The topics you wish your graduate program had covered are covered here—directly, practically, and without the jargon.
This book focuses on adolescents, who have to negotiate changing relationships with families and friends as they grow into young adulthood. Discusses how to handle general family disputes, nourish relationships with friends, and get along with siblings. Advice for healthy and safe socializing and recreation outside of the sphere of one's family is also offered.