Teacher Professional Development eBooks
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 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 presents a lesson planning approach for the secondary classroom that generates test success as a byproduct of comprehensive literacy learning.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
This book offers a continuum of options, with four "destinations" on the road to improved grading and assessment.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 provides insight and demonstrates how educator-centered instructional coaching can make a difference in teacher learning, instructional practice, and student outcomes.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.