This guide offers practical recommendations, strategies, and tips for establishing argumentation units of instruction that empower students to artfully and logically present and convince others of their position.
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.
Discover a variety of research-based instructional strategies to support all students, including those with autism and severe learning disabilities; organize your classroom, materials, and schedules for optimal teaching and learning; execute well-planned standards-based lessons, annual IEPs, PLAALPs, behavioral interventions, and visual supports; develop communication and social skills; and foster parent communication and staff collaboration.
In this book, readers will learn: ten best practices that address every stage of the hiring process, techniques and sample questions for Behavior-Based Interviewing, interview questions to avoid, and how to involve teacher peers in interviewing and mentoring new hires.
This book provides educators with a proven, practical, and broadly applicable system for implementing new practices methodically and effectively.
With case studies and tools, this book features ten research-based strategies for driving significant, measurable gains in student performance and turning around low-performing schools.
This book provides a resource for teachers who need a quick response to a variety of questions relating to school mathematics.
Provides school administrators with practical, easy-to-use, and inexpensive ways to reward and recognize the efforts of their staff. More than 100 ideas are divided into three categories based on the amount of effort they require.
Offers busy principals an updated guide to the most relevant and useful Web-based resources.
This book offers three practical approaches to instruction—direct, problem or project-based learning, and the guided experience approach—while providing common-sense strategies to turn theory into effective classroom teaching.
This book offers step-by-step instructions to help you master the basics of Twitter, build an online following, and become a Twitter rock star.
This guide provides essential strategies to improve student learning by supporting good behavior rather than punishing bad behavior.
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 provides K-8 teachers with practical strategies to motivate all students to develop their reading abilities across grade levels and content areas.
This book offers reflective scenarios and insights to help teachers learn from examples of undesirable teaching techniques and find better ways to address challenging or stressful classroom situations.
Text explores ways of creating inclusive K-5 classrooms by utilizing such concepts as brain-based learning, differentiated instruction, and information processing.
This book offers a valuable collection of modifications and accommodations for students with special needs.
Maximize learning for all learners with this compilation of strategies that engage secondary students, develop 21st century skills, and improve literacy across a variety of content areas.
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 provides a thorough overview of the Google Classroom application, specifically designed to help teachers save time by streamlining the process of going digital.
This book helps you take Google Classroom further with 50 tips, resources, and templates to help you consider ways to start moving towards a more student-centered approach to teaching and learning.
This guide provides clear, updated guidelines for increasing academic performance and providing educational equity for all students. It outlines 50 strategies for developing high-performing schools.
This guide provides a sequenced, cohesive plan for managing significant behavioral challenges.
This book shows how to enhance lessons with 95 research-based strategies that work for all subjects and grade levels. In addition, the authors explain the research on student learning, describe best practices, and provide tools for analyzing lessons.
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.
This guide helps educators leverage resources and build teams to improve student behavior and academic achievement school wide.
This book helps prospective and practicing teachers integrate existing, new, and emerging technologies into their curriculum.
Learn how current research and theory from educational psychology can be applied to create child-centered learning environments and developmentally appropriate practices in Pre-K through 3rd grade.
Combining the goals of the Common Core State Standards with the principles of differentiation, the authors present an eight-step process to help teachers make intellectually rigorous curriculum accessible to a broad range of students. With examples across grade levels and content areas and a checklist for reflection on the steps, this text demonstrates how to meet high expectations with responsive instruction and help students grow as thinkers and problem solvers.
This book provides instructional strategies and lets you choose among strategies presented for those that interest you and fit your classroom needs. Exercises help you check your understanding and rubrics help you to assess the effectiveness of the strategy with your students.
In this text, teachers will: learn 10 high-leverage team actions for grades 6–8 mathematics instruction and assessment; how to focus curriculum to heighten student achievement; discover the actions their teams should take before a unit of instruction begins, as well as the actions and formative assessments that should occur during instruction; and examine how to most effectively reflect on assessment results, and prepare for the next unit of instruction.
In this text, teachers will: learn 10 high-leverage team actions for grades K-5 mathematics instruction and assessment; how to focus curriculum to heighten student achievement; discover the actions their teams should take before a unit of instruction begins, as well as the actions and formative assessments that should occur during instruction; and examine how to most effectively reflect on assessment results, and prepare for the next unit of instruction.
In this text, teachers will: learn 10 high-leverage team actions for grades 9-12 mathematics instruction and assessment; how to focus curriculum to heighten student achievement; discover the actions their teams should take before a unit of instruction begins, as well as the actions and formative assessments that should occur during instruction; and examine how to most effectively reflect on assessment results, and prepare for the next unit of instruction.
In this text, teachers will: learn 10 high-leverage team actions for mathematics instruction and assessment; how to focus curriculum to heighten student achievement; discover the actions their teams should take before a unit of instruction begins, as well as the actions and formative assessments that should occur during instruction; and examine how to most effectively reflect on assessment results, and prepare for the next unit of instruction.
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.
This resource examines the Hierarchy of Instructional Excellence, which prioritizes the order of teacher development for ultimate success.
This text breaks down the complex components of mathematics teaching and divides them into practical strategies. Combining research, useful tactics, and examples from K–6 classrooms, the book includes reflection questions, action tasks, and activities to inspire and engage mathematical minds.
This book explores the PLC process and shows how it can reshape the way university and college leaders work together to drive student achievement.
The book covers the digital citizenship topics all parents should be aware of: online bullying, children's privacy, online gaming, social networks, and cell phones, among others.
This book shows educators how to accurately report students’ academic strengths and weaknesses with standards-based grading, rather than using traditional systems that incorporate non-academic factors such as attendance and behavior. Reliable, practical methods for analyzing what students have learned, and effective strategies for offering students feedback on their progress, are also presented.
Provides a step-by-step approach that engages K-12 teachers in learning to prepare for change, which enhances their career satisfaction and professional effectiveness.
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 discusses what the best school systems in the world are doing right for the purpose of identifying what U.S. schools, at the national, state, and local level, might do differently and better.
This book provides approaches, information, and ideas for teachers of students with moderate to severe disabilities in general education classrooms.
This book provides a powerful process whereby teachers work together in teams to examine standards, gain a deep understanding of content, create curriculum maps, and design common formative assessments.
In this book, the authors use research to refocus attention on student results, a challenging results-based school counseling curriculum, and meaningful student assessments. See examples of how a Construct-Based Approach (CBA) to school counseling looks in practice with: in-depth analysis of student standards and competencies, developmentally-appropriate scope and sequence, documented curriculum activities, and sample student assessments.
This book presents a lesson planning approach for the secondary classroom that generates test success as a byproduct of comprehensive literacy learning.
This book provides detailed instructional methods on momentum, center of gravity, inertia, and centrifugal and centripetal forces, including hands-on classroom activities and experiments, some utilizing common household materials.
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.
This book details the necessary steps mathematics leaders must take to change traditional practices; meet new curricular, instructional, and assessment challenges; and engage students, families, and community members in mathematics education.
A collection of mathematics, language arts, science, and classroom management strategies. Designed for active, hands-on learners, the text provides specific lesson plans for addressing students' common challenges, already differentiated to match their experiential learning style.
Provides strategic talking points, conversation starters, and ready-made tools needed to explain how formative assessment improves student learning and achievement.
In this book, the authors illustrate how leaders can use observations from the walk-through to engage in professional conversations and encourage teachers to reflect on and improve their practice.
This guide will help develop a better understanding of the issues facing educational technology. Learn about the programs that transform education in the digital age.
This book helps bridge the divide that separates urban students from their birthright of a high-quality education.
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.
This book outlines the process for building a guaranteed and viable local curriculum based on the CCSS, and includes a system for creating local standards from the CCS, methods for connecting the common, formative assessments to quarterly instructional objectives, and ways to scaffold learning expectations.
This book shows how educators can engage with parents and community members using social media and web tools. Readers will learn how smartphones and tablets can help achieve goals goals, the secret to getting parents involved, and how tools like Skype can connect the community at large.
This resource lays out a comprehensive action plan for achieving whole system reform. Topics covered include successful reform initiatives in the United States and abroad; actions and conditions that have ensured traction and sustainability; ways to avoid common errors in action, funding, and policy; and new reforms at the national level that can impact learning right now.
This book bridges the gap between educational psychology and peer and student-teacher management from the perspectives of student engagement, classroom relationships, and teacher self-regulation. Both current and prospective teachers will find helpful tools for engaging difficult students, managing challenging relationships, and handling conflict.
This book shows educators how to create culturally relevant RTI models that help diverse students thrive!
This book will provide you with the materials you need to start using argument-driven inquiry in biology lab instruction. It contains an introduction to the stages of this method—from question identification, data analysis, and argument development and evaluation to double-blind peer review and report revision. It also offers field-tested labs that cover molecules and organisms, ecosystems, heredity, and biological evolution.
Transform your chemistry labs with this guide to argument-driven inquiry. Designed to be much more authentic for instruction than traditional laboratory activities, the investigations in this book give high school students the opportunity to work the way scientists do. They learn to identify questions, develop models, collect and analyze data, generate arguments, and critique and revise their reports.
This book will help you bring the benefits of argument-driven inquiry to your middle school life science classes. It provides field-tested labs in four broad areas of life science--molecules and organisms, ecosystems, biological evolution, and heredity--to help your students learn how to read, write, speak, and use math in the context of science. The students will design their own method, develop models, collect and analyze data, and critique information.
This book demonstrates how teachers can teach and assess 21st century skills using authentic learning experiences and rigorous, varied assessment strategies. It provides a framework and practical ideas for measuring thinking skills (critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and metacognition), actions (communication, collaboration, digital and technological literacy), and living skills (citizenship, global understanding, leadership, college and career readiness).
This publication takes an in-depth look at assessment and shows how differentiation can improve the process in all grade levels and subject areas.
This book illustrates how formative assessment can be used to understand student beliefs, inform classroom instruction, and encourage student reflection.
This book provides practical tools that help teachers use formative and summative assessment results to enhance instruction; motivate students by providing clear learning targets; utilize technology to analyze students’ progress; and raise test scores.
This book explains the critical differences among “assignments,” “activities,” and “assessments” and thoroughly describes the key elements of an assignment: prompts, rubrics, products, and instructional plans.
The author offers insightful answers based on her experience as a classroom teacher at the Science Leadership Academy, a public high school in Philadelphia that offers a rigorous college-prep curriculum and boasts a 99 percent graduation rate. Outlined is a framework for learning structured around five core values: inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection.
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.
This book focuses on individuals involved in K-12 mathematics education, particularly educators and parents, who seek to improve their understanding of mathematics and help students succeed. Popular misconceptions and misguided discourse about mathematics education are also discussed.
This is a practical guide for school and district leaders that provides 12 strategies for overcoming resistance to change. Unlike more theoretical books, this text shows how to adopt a coaching style of leadership as a systemic change strategy.
This book takes you step by step through the writing process. You’ll learn the top 10 reasons to write a grant proposal, how to identify and refine proposal ideas, the basic components of every proposal, the ins and outs of submitting a proposal, and how to manage a funded project.
Provides a unique vision of elementary classrooms that allow all children to experience academic success by structuring democratic classrooms as models of diversity, cooperation, and inclusion.
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.
Examining key characteristics that make teachers extraordinary, this resource demonstrates how educators can motivate students and create positive classroom environments.
This book offers a philosophical framework for understanding the beginnings of scientific thinking in high school students. It provides suggestions for how to use the case studies to practice recognizing, interpreting, and responding to the vital nuances of your own students’ thinking in real time.
Addresses the issues new teachers face and provides practical ideas in a wide range of helpful topics, including what keeps so many schools rooted in win-lose philosophies and practices.
This guide shows how self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social awareness, and relationship management can help teachers increase their effectiveness in the classroom.
Using what we know about how the brain learns optimally, this resource provides practical guidance to new and experienced teachers on how to create a learner-centered classroom. Topics covered include setting up a classroom; establishing routines and procedures; fostering students' intellectual curiosity; reducing learned helplessness in students; developing students' respect for one another's cultural and educational backgrounds; and building a classroom community.
This book, created specifically for K–5 educators, provides proven response to intervention strategies to differentiate instruction, engage students, increase success, and avoid additional interventions. Discover how to identify essential power standards to include in Tier 1 instruction, create a brain-friendly learning environment, shift instructional processes to support collaboration, and more.
This book, created specifically for grades 6–12, provides proven response to intervention strategies to differentiate instruction, engage students, increase success, and avoid additional interventions. Discover how to identify essential power standards to include in Tier 1 instruction, create a brain-friendly learning environment, shift instructional processes to support collaboration, and more.
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 publication digs deeper into the hows and whys of the gradual release of responsibility instructional framework. To gradually release responsibility is to equip students with what they need to be engaged and self-directed learners.
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 supports the needs of culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse learners, and demonstrates how a shared vision can increase student engagement and ensure that not-so-common learners benefit from academic rigor.
This resource provides a guided, step-by-step framework for creating an effective differentiated instruction program. Included are case studies illustrating the how-to's of differentiated instruction, from planning through implementation and assessment; recommendations for appropriately structuring the pace and flow of instruction; guidance on when to use tiered instruction and accommodations; and classroom-ready templates, resources, and tools for each step of the process.
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 explains how to use the online environment to increase engagement and drive higher-order thinking; prepare students for high-stakes exams without sacrificing class time; assess online work; personalize learning and differentiate lessons; and move toward flipped instruction, which shifts the focus of class time from teacher to student.
Provides a cross-curricular tool that helps students not only develop a better understanding of places, cultures, and the books they are reading, but also make connections among the subjects they learn in school.
This book follows stories of successful educators to discover how to harness the power of leadership resiliency in education. The reader will discover why resilience matters and how they can be a catalyst for "bouncing forward" in their own environment.
Explores brain development from birth through adolescence, the effect of exercise, sleep, nutrition, and technology on the brain, and the importance of neuroplasticity. Provides information in clear, everyday language that any teacher can immediately incorporate into classroom practice.
Covers how digital technology is actually changing students' brains. Learn why this creates new obstacles for teachers, but also opens up potential new pathways for learning.
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.
Covers changing curriculum from teacher-directed and routine programs to practices that engage students in thinking, working, and interacting with others.
In this book, the authors demonstrate how to become a school's "learning engineer." Using research about learning science as a framework, the reader will learn to identify specific learning problems, devise ways to address them, and implement technology-enabled, not technology-driven, solutions.
This book shows educators how to incorporate students' personal technology tools (cell phones, iPads, and laptops) into instruction. It enables students to be active participants in their learning and helps teachers give them an authentic education that equips them with the skills required to be college, career, and citizenship ready.
This book tells Lenny Schad's story of leading his large Texas school district through a program of inclusion, where it no longer matters what technology is being used or who owns the device. What matters is that students learn in the ways that make sense to them and their teachers. Schad discusses what worked and what needed to be reworked in his district.
This book offers a collection of classroom-friendly strategies, resources, tools, instructional routines, and sample lessons, to help teachers learn about and implement formative assessment practices in the mathematics classroom.
This book provides a comprehensive source of classroom-tested STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) investigations. It provides 36 lessons conveniently organized into grade-level bands grounded in science education research and designed to encourage learning across disciplines.
This do-it-yourself guide offers specific tasks, exercises, and brief case studies to guide educators step by step through the process of establishing a PLC (Professional Learning Community) in nine to twelve months.
This guide will help teachers understand brain development and how it relates to all aspects of literacy, including phonemic awareness, vocabulary, writing, fluency, and comprehension. Along with classroom activities that build skills in these areas, the book also includes current research and theory.
This book outlines what’s new with Common Core, what’s expected, and how the connection between neuroscience and deep learning relates to Common Core. The reader will learn how to integrate the standards with current educational practices, understand the science behind Common Core requirements, and plan activities to help students learn about learning.
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.
This book explores various stages of curriculum development, from the preliminary work of building academic support to creating Common Core curriculum maps and tracking school improvement goals. Strategies for effectively sharing information during the curriculum-building process, and engaging in significant, collaborative conversations around the curriculum are also provided.
This resource offers specific strategies teachers may use to incorporate reading, writing, and critical thinking throughout content instruction to increase learning.
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.
This book provides teaching strategies that build number sense skills, adaptations for students with specific needs, and guidance on measuring number sense through assessments and preparing students for standardized testing.
This book emphasizes the importance of community involvement for effective school functioning, student support and well-being, and community health and development.
This guide shows how school leaders and teachers can help at-risk students rebound from risk and develop personal resiliency.
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 professional development guide explores the critical ingredients of communication and trust for success in the new age of teacher evaluation systems.
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.
Ideal for school leaders and superintendents leading change efforts, this book describes how separate professional learning communities can be linked across schools by common instructional and learning issues to create dynamic networked learning communities (NLCs).
This book is written for educators to help them prevent, identify and respond to cyberbullying. Chapters on cyberbullying basics, what does cyberbullying look like, and legal issues are also included.
Drawing on extensive studies on bullying in schools, this book provides a research-based overview to understand bullying. Additionally, this book shows how to identify bullies and victims and implement an effective and inclusive bullying prevention program.
This book blends current research on the student brain with practical methods for teaching science and math.
Presents concise approaches for engaging and working with young writers who have challenges with language, vocabulary, fine-motor competency, grammar, diction, correct pencil grip, or letter/sound recognition.
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.
This publication reveals new neurological research about the root causes of these obstacles and lays out a comprehensive five-step protocol designed to help all educators identify and address common student academic and behavior issues.
Provides practical ways teachers and administrators from schools around the world are using cell phones for classroom projects, homework assignments, and communication with parents.
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.
This book helps teachers understand why typical methods to check for understanding are usually ineffective and how to use techniques that work better. Now, this edition goes further with new tips and tools to support implementation of formative assessment techniques that work in any subject area and grade level, for individual students or across multiple classrooms.
This book provides a straightforward goal: to inspire you to engage your students through public collaboration in scientific research—also known as citizen science. It is specifically designed to get you comfortable using citizen science to support independent inquiry through which your students can learn both content and process skills.
This book puts learners at the forefront of education to ensure they control their schoolwork, content, and data. Dig deep into the digital revolution occurring in schools and classrooms, explore how to incorporate traditional instructional practices in the digital classroom, and understand the skills students need to be digitally literate.
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.
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 and suggestions for helping students develop oral language that leads to improved writing.
This book draws on the research and developments of the following decade to reanalyze and reevaluate the teaching strategies that have the most positive effect on student learning.
This book offers ways for teachers to better differentiate their testing and assessment strategies using teacher-made tests, appropriate testing accommodations, technology-based testing, and classroom-based assessments that support the teaching and learning process so all students have the opportunity to succeed.
This text will improve students’ understanding of the intersection of science and social policy by making climate and energy literacy the centerpiece of your curriculum. Topics covered include Next Generation Science Standards and how you can meet them with well-planned pedagogical strategies; how to teach climate change and related topics in a grade-appropriate way; and sample learning activities and online resources from the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network.
This publication offers sage advice on how to close the achievement gap by addressing the "attitude gap" that often affects underperforming students of all racial and ethnic groups.
This book provides a six-part framework to help teachers build on students' assets and strengths rather than attempt to overcome perceived disadvantages.
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 equips you to use computational thinking and coding in your classroom, regardless of your computer skill level, to increase creativity, remix assessment, and develop a class of coder ninjas!
This book offers practical strategies for empowering students as co-teachers, decision makers, and advocates.
Provides a step-by-step guide to making collaboration and co-teaching work for general education teachers and English as a second language (ESL) specialists to better serve the needs of English language learners (ELLs).
This book explores the practical steps that teacher teams must take to establish clear, comprehensive assessment systems, and discover how to continually improve results. It provides case studies of schools that have effectively implemented collaborative common assessment systems, and an overview of the phases in the collaborative common assessment process and the benefits of engaging in this process.
This book demonstrates how to design and implement a school evaluation process, conducted by personnel from within a district in collaboration with a school leadership team. It aims to show how school and district teams can work together to shape sustainable, positive change and strengthen student achievement.
In this guide, educators explore research-based steps and strategies they can use to increase the effectiveness of collaborative teams and enhance PLCs.
This book embraces what is best about the standards—their emphasis on active, authentic learning—and then shows teachers how to connect these ideal outcomes to practical classroom strategies, detailing the day-to-day teaching that can coax reluctant learners into engagement and achievement.
This book describes the “habits of mind” that teachers should develop in their students without which the content standards cannot be successfully implemented. It is designed to help principals and math leaders grapple with the changes that must be addressed so that teachers can implement the practices required by the CCSS.
This guide explains how the standards lay the foundation for successful schooling and provide a bridge from foundational concepts taught in elementary school to the more complex studies students will undertake in middle school.
This guide presents an overall guide to the standards, covering their implications for planning, teaching, and learning.
This book provides a succinct, all-in-one look at the content, structure, terminology, and emphases of the Common Core standards for English language arts and literacy at the high school level.
This book provides a succinct, all-in-one look at the structure, terminology, and emphases of the Common Core mathematics standards for high school, including the areas that represent the most significant changes.
This book provides a succinct, all-in-one look at the content, structure, terminology, and emphases of the Common Core standards for English language arts at the middle school level.
This guide covers all the conceptual mathematical understanding students need to acquire during the middle school grades.
This book shows how the implementation of a community-based learning program makes the curriculum more meaningful and relevant to students while creating a vibrant program that promotes academic achievement and future career skills. It allows for the students to become more engaged, with both the community and the school district benefitting through forged local partnerships ranging from major employers to small businesses and community groups.
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.
This quick-reference guidebook is aimed at teachers and administrators working to build and sustain a high-performing PLC.
This book provides practical examples of how educators can use Web 2.0 tools to grow professionally and personally.
This book focuses on the careful planning needed to develop the academic language of all students. For English learners especially, it is critically important to integrate language development with the content that the curriculum demands.
Provides teachers with technological ways to find STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professionals around the world who are willing to interact with their students.
This book features examples of strategies for 21st century classrooms. It examines the shift in day-to-day practice that must occur to prepare students for college and careers, and looks forward to what exemplary professional practices will be crucial in deepening student learning as the 21st century progresses.
This book gives teachers, school counselors, and parents succinct lessons that generate discussion and inquiry about the real world of post-secondary education and work. Extensively researched topics provide data and advice on wages, cost-of-living realities, job market projections, and promising new careers to help students match their interests and abilities to suitable career paths.
Offers some of the best JRTE (Journal of Research on Technology in Education) articles that focus on classroom technology integration, demonstrating how research can be used to connect theory to practice, moving education forward.
This resource describes how exactly you can use tools like web quests, wikis, social networking apps, and podcasts to enhance your lessons and keep kids engaged.
This guide presents principles for applying copyright law and the doctrine of fair use to 21st-century teaching and learning. It explores what is permissible in the classroom; fair use of digital materials such as images, music, movies, and Internet elements found on sites such as YouTube; trends in intellectual property law and copyright practices; and classroom projects using copyrighted materials. Published jointly with the National Council of Teachers of English.
In this guide, K-12 mental health professionals will discover three proven counseling approaches that are both efficient and effective, and that allow for data-based decision making. By focusing on levels 2 and 3 of the PBIS and RTI frameworks, counselors can deliver responsive counseling services to students most in need of support.
Using research-based and field-tested methodology, this book helps elementary math teachers create programs for students with special needs, eliminating labels that stigmatize children and restrain instructors.
This book identifies key traits such as mindset, motivation, social skills, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit that students, teachers, and schools need to acknowledge and cultivate. Educators are asked to shift the evaluation paradigm to focus on a multiplicity of skills necessary for success in the 21st century.
This book offers practical methods to incorporate technology into daily instruction and prepare students for lifelong learning in a global society. It explores digital tools that help seamlessly incorporate the technology-rich world into the classroom, understand how to use media for deeper learning, and examine a new approach to engagement and recognition.
Provides an outline to teaching urban students, placing an emphasis on the active participation of teachers, parents, caregivers, and coaches in each student s success.
This book provides time-saving tips covering a wide range of apps to help busy teachers easily incorporate tablets into daily classroom use. Includes step-by-step instructions across content areas for digital photography, video, ePublishing, QR codes and more.
This book provides readers with essential tools for building a sturdy foundation of mutual respect upon which schools without bias can be constructed. Included are specific strategies for creating a school environment that gives voice and consideration to all students, shows interest, empathy, and respect for all staff members, advocates respect and reverence of individuality, and adapts innovative policies—despite resistance—that best serve the total school community.
This book provides a step-by-step approach to implementing project-based learning (PBL), focusing on the 21st century “three R’s”: readiness, responsibility, and relevance.
This book offers a comprehensive system for defining engagement and optimizing it in any student cohort. It explores how to improve teacher feedback methods for maximum engagement and the power of mindset (for both educators and students) as well as aiding in the definition of and understanding how to maximize engagement.
With this guide, educators will discover strategies and tips for reshaping the traditional classroom environment to give modern students opportunities to exercise choice in their curriculum, master skills, and demonstrate what they’ve learned.
This book applies the essential principles of standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment to today's unique challenges. It focuses on multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches.
This book provides guidance on creating a "college culture" in elementary, middle, and secondary schools, both within the classroom and throughout the building, working with families and community organizations to promote Latino students' school achievement and college goals, and best practices for coaching students, including five essentials for college preparedness.
This book helps teachers discover how to shift their classroom focus to prioritize effective feedback over grades, giving students all the information they need to succeed.
Provides help navigating evidence-based methodologies to chart a course toward closing (and eliminating) the academic achievement gap. The authors present a comprehensive view of the achievement gap and advocate for strategies that contribute to the success of all children.
An essential resource for any administrator working with diverse populations, this book zeroes in on effective planning for a wide range of programs, including RTI, credit recovery, special education, second language learning, career-technical education, work-study, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate.
Presents strategies to improve school culture, including activities for developing collaborative work relationships, dealing appropriately with conflict, and fostering rapport.
This classroom resource book features activities that integrate writing with content in life science, Earth and space sciences, and engineering and physical sciences for grades 3–12.
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 outlines a six-step framework for becoming culturally literate that complements the Common Core and encourages students to be at the center of learning.
This guidebook cultivates “cultural competence,” integrates ASCA National Model standards, and provides strategies for exploring each student’s individuality and responding accordingly.
This resource provides educators with the knowledge and skills to maximize educational opportunities for all students, independent of students' socioeconomic status.
This guide introduces the principles of Cultural Proficiency and how they can help improve educators’ ability to effectively teach English language learners.
Provides detailed examples that show why and how to create culturally responsive, standards-based (CRSB) instruction in the classroom, schoolwide, and at the district level.
This book takes on culture: the cultures we come from as individuals and the culture we foster in our schools. It uses real-life success stories as models to recognize inadvertent cultural biases increasing educators’ cultural competency, overcoming institutionalized factors that limit achievement, and implementing equitable practices that ensure individualized support for all students.
This text reframes school culture to include organizational learning, relational trust, accountability, program improvement, and teacher effectiveness while showing you how to establish a student-centered learning culture; engage teachers in culture-focused leadership; get parents and community on-board to collaborate for student achievement; and connect professional development and school culture for maximum results.
This book shares insights into what it takes to cultivate a community of learners who embody the innately human traits our world desperately needs, such as kindness, honesty, and compassion.
Covers why and how schools must overhaul, update, and breathe new life into the K-12 curriculum to reflect new technologies in a globalized world.
This guide integrates expertise in risk prevention, law, and education to provide a collaborative and positive process for teaching secondary students media literacy, safety, and “netiquette.”
This book provide user-friendly techniques for gathering qualitative and quantitative information, helping you tailor instruction and assessment for diverse learners. This resource is ideal for classroom teachers, curriculum developers, instructional leaders, and district administrators.
This solution-focused guide looks beneath the surface data and shows educators how to uncover the truth necessary to create equity and social justice for all students.
This workbook shows how to implement data-driven decision making and make it the key to assessing all school activities, from classroom instruction to budgeting.
This book details a framework for implementing student-led classroom discussions that improve learning, motivation, and engagement across all levels and subject areas.
This book explores deeper learning, a process that promotes higher-order thinking, reasoning, and problem solving to better educate students and prepare them for college and careers.
This book provides strategies for leveraging the cloud to create a self-paced, learner-centered classroom; explains how to take advantage of tech tools to facilitate learning; and real-life case studies and activities to ensure an enjoyable implementation experience.
Make writing time really count with 45 easy-to-use quick writes, carefully selected mentor texts for inspiration, and guidelines for crafting your own original quick writes.
This book is designed to assist teachers in implementing practices to fully engage learners in the classroom. It focuses on how to create high-quality assessments using a five-phase design protocol, explore types and traits of quality assessment, and develop assessments that are innovative, effective, and engaging, and enables the teacher to evaluate whether current assessments meet the design criteria.
This step-by-step guide enables teachers and school administrators to uncover five components of proactive classroom management that help improve student achievement and decrease classroom problems. It explores how to create clear expectations and rules, establish procedures and structure, reinforce expectations, actively engage students, and manage misbehavior as well as how to develop individualized behavior plans to help students who continue to struggle.
This book shows how to promote your faculty’s professional growth and accountability through job-embedded learning.
By becoming learning partners with their students, teachers can help them develop enthusiasm for learning and employ deep learning goals. With this guide, teachers will discover how to cultivate a classroom environment in which students can apply what they’ve learned, teach it to their teacher and fellow students, and understand how their knowledge will be useful beyond the classroom.
This book shows you how to design a curriculum that functions as a framework for lesson plans, unites the efforts of ELA teachers district-wide, addresses core standards while focusing on student understanding, and creates a ripple effect helping to align curriculum, assessments, and instruction.
This book identifies research-based characteristics of effective teacher professional learning, detailing eight strategies for planning and executing professional development programs and evaluating their results.
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.
This book shows how to provide professional development for teachers that deepens their cultural understanding and includes activities for translating new knowledge into action.
Digital literacies are essential for managing information and communication in our rapidly changing world—but the old scattered approaches to introducing technology have left many teachers playing catch-up with their students. With this authentic, job-embedded professional development program, you’ll help K–12 teachers incorporate digital literacies into their classrooms once and for all.
This book shows school leaders how to build a thinking culture within the entire learning community. Based on the research of the best proponents of critical thinking and aligned to one of the key goals of the Common Core State Standards, this practical guide provides numerous strategies to help teachers and leaders. Included are practical classroom strategies and illustrations, curriculum maps, and tools for developing students’ creativity and decision-making skills.
This book explores how to create a thriving, learning-centered classroom through three critical concepts: relationships, relevance, and rigor.
This book gets your students deeply involved in inquiry-based science as it acquaints them with major body systems, sickle cell anemia, HIV, pregnancy, and diabetes. This Teacher Edition (which includes the Student Edition) provides rubrics, answer keys, and prep tips to use before, during, and after the lessons.
This book provides research-based and practical formative assessment tools, strategies, and activities that simplify the process of identifying students' strengths and needs.
This workshop-friendly resource helps teachers keep up with differentiated instruction (DI) developments. It offers step-by-step training activities for job-embedded professional development, plus guidelines tailored for both small study groups and larger staff development meetings.
This book offers explicit strategies for differentiating writing instruction to help students learn content and develop as writers. The authors address how to create a climate for writing, use flexible groupings, differentiate instruction, and assess student writing.
Block scheduling offers a valuable opportunity to tailor differentiated teaching and learning styles to students. This reference will alleviate "idea block" and provide creative teaching strategies.
This book provides a wealth of practical literacy strategies tailored for adolescents who have had interrupted formal education or come from newly arrived immigrant populations.
This guide provides an instructional and assessment framework for helping ELLS excel, including an array of strategies for teaching functional, content-area, technological, and innovative literacy.
Offers examples filled with helpful how-to's for modifying existing activities and labs for effective instruction.
This book draws on the latest brain research, technology, and educational initiatives to bring a new focus to differentiating instruction in the context of the Common Core State Standards.
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.
This book provides suggestions, guidelines, and examples of things teachers can do to make science activities and assessments more accessible to their K-8 students with special needs.
This book includes new charts with high-to low-preparation strategies for differentiating lessons in math, science, social studies, and language arts. It presents new focus questions to help teachers clarify their own priorities and target student needs efficiently, and offers Web sites for further reference.
With information for administrators and authentic tools for teachers, this hands-on resource demonstrates how student achievement increases when an entire school focuses on making differentiation work.
This resource helps educators identify a clear learning target, get to know their students as people and as learners, and understand how to vary the learning pathways to the same target for different learners.
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.
Explains the relevance and importance of digital citizenship and explores its elements. Provides lesson plans and professional development activities to help educators determine how to go about incorporating digital citizenship concepts into the classroom.
This book offers a foundational look at the internet and a better understanding of how it can be used to promote learning. Each chapter is dedicated to an important area of internet use in the classroom, including critical information literacy, telecollaborative projects, web 2.0, search engines, and digital citizenship.
This publication explores what types of assignments are worth engaging online, how teachers and students can leverage global interactions to improve their work, and how teachers can assess digital projects and other work.
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.
This book provides professional development ideas and real-life vignettes that will help educational leaders foster a more caring school culture not only for LGBT students, but for all students.
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 thought-provoking lesson plans that reach students of all backgrounds and abilities. It uses a wide range of technology tools, including the Internet, video, and mobile apps, combined with an emphasis on online safety and development of essential critical thinking skills, and materials for teacher professional development.
This book provides teachers and leaders with the skills needed to uncover each child's abilities and boost achievement for Spanish-speaking students. It shows how to recognize students' unique strengths; identify and develop the gifts of bilingualism and different cultures; create challenging learning experiences for every student in the class; adapt tools and strategies to meet each learner's unique needs; and connect with parents and the greater Spanish-speaking community.
This book incorporates new cognitive science that shows how influencing students’ mental habits is their key to finding meaning in classroom content. Topics include making dispositions come alive in the minds of students, shifting the thinking of educational leaders, parents, politicians and the public, and how to align day-to-day classroom practices with larger dispositional outcomes.
Offers various approaches for realizing the benefits of distributed leadership—engaging the many rather than the few in school improvement. Insights include how to translate the research on distributed leadership into tangible results for your school; methods for building the social capital necessary for sustainable institutional change; and how to distribute leadership widely and wisely through professional collaboration.
This book discusses the pros and cons of homework, why teachers assign it, and what life could look like without it. As they evaluate the research and share parent and teacher insights, the authors explore the benefits for ditching homework, including better education for all students, reduced stress for families, more intentionality with lesson planning, increased love of learning, and more time for teachers to focus on learning at school and enjoy their after-school hours.
This book encourages educators to throw out meaningless, pedestrian teaching and learning practices and empowers them to evolve and improve on old, standard teaching methods.
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.
The book contains big-picture concepts, such as how to understand middle school learners and explore the nature of science with them. It provides a comprehensive overview of science and engineering practices, STEM, and inquiry-based middle school science instruction.
This book combines the latest research with the authors' national study of diverse schools that were able to significantly boost student achievement. Strategies focus on reducing class size, promoting professional development, locating necessary funding, and providing academic support to struggling students.
This book was written for educators who want to incorporate drones into their curriculum but have no idea where to start. It covers all you need to implement a drone program in your school, including recommendations as to the drones that are best for specific students' age levels and subject areas, and which drones need to be registered and where you can fly them. It provides.lesson plans, real-world applications, and tips on securing funding for drones.
ELL shadowing helps teachers better understand the classroom experience from an English language learner's point of view. The author describes how to implement this easily accessible form of professional development, outlines specific strategies for adapting instruction to engage ELLs, and provides supporting videos on the companion website.
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.
Largely misunderstood and in many cases underserved, Latino boys often miss out on key academic opportunities for achievement and success in school. The author helps teachers and administrators understand the unique assets that this remarkable group of students brings into the school community and how to engage them as learners.
This authoritative guide for practitioners—early interventionists, teachers, school counselors and psychologists—provides practical strategies for addressing the unique needs of children on the autism spectrum and their families. A joint publication with the National Association of School Psychologists.
Provides and introduction to the concept of "Greenfield Schooling" and its potential to free-up schools to be more responsive to communities and kids.
Provides an introduction to podcasting, including hardware and software needs, integrating podcasts into your curriculum, and managing podcasts in the classroom.
This book describes the essential role that technology coaches play in transforming schools into digital age global learning environments. The ISTE Standards for Coaches are broken down into applicable strategies, and illustrated with scenarios and real-life case studies from across the United States and around the world.
This book provides practical advice on how to conduct hiring interviews that reliably predict a teacher's success, including guidance on applying research to the interview process. It also assists in developing meaningful, legal interview questions; assembling and training an interview team; matching candidates’ skills to your schools' needs; and using the best interview strategies.
This book empowers teachers to reengage students at all levels with powerful examples and clear-eyed implementation strategies that build essential 21st century learning skills.
This book provides teachers and administrators with practical suggestions for making the grading process more fair, accurate, specific, and timely to improve student learning. It explores how the Common Core State Standards and new technologies impact grading practices, how to evaluate grading systems at all levels from national policies to classroom practices, and how to utilize new technology tools for more efficient grading.
This book shows how to equip students with the skills and qualities they’ll need to achieve academic success, by bringing joy to classrooms each day.
This book helps educators empower teachers and students to regain control of their own teaching and learning journey. Administrators and teachers learn to cultivate the experts at your school, create an environment of trust and collaboration, and give students and staff a voice.
This book is about teaching students the science and reality of climate change, while empowering them to respond effectively—and without fear. Inside this guide you’ll find practical tips for inspiring students to develop projects relevant to their own communities, including planning, financing, safety, and liability.
This text offers practical, classroom-tested strategies, routines, and rituals that teachers can use immediately to defuse the negative effects of stress and create a stimulating and supportive classroom culture. Drawing from positive psychology research, the author explains how fostering humor, mindfulness, resilience, curiosity, and gratitude in the classroom empowers students to learn from their mistakes, celebrate successes, and actively engage in learning.
This book covers more than 40 strategies for teachers to implement to ensure students learn critical mathematics skills and retain understanding. Each chapter is devoted to a different Standard for Mathematical Practice and offers an in-depth look at why the standard is important for students understanding of mathematics.
Based on the idea of “flow”—a state of intrinsic control, curiosity, interest, and inquiry—this book provides strategies for encouraging students to become motivated, engaged learners.
In this book, readers will learn how to use the joyful learning framework to better engage students in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and other elements of language arts learning (ELL).
In this book, readers will learn how to use the joyful learning framework to better engage students in science and mathematics.
In this book, readers will learn how to integrate the joyful learning approach with social studies standards, including the Common Core, the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, and the College, Career, and Civic Life framework.
In this book, the authors share what they have discovered about planning lessons that engage students and enable them to truly enjoy learning. It outlines key findings from research on motivation and engagement and offers real-life teaching examples from various grades.
The purpose of this book is to provide the rationale behind engaging students, generate more ideas, and build the attitudes to succeed with students who live in poverty. This book is a “no excuses” resource that will get teachers on the path toward making good things happen every single day.
This book serves to share the stories and lessons of school leaders who overcame the cultural challenges of isolationism and teacher reluctance or resistance to successfully involve their teachers in walkthroughs. By encouraging teachers to get involved in walkthroughs and lead efforts for change and continuous improvement, and to overcome so-called teaching isolationism by promoting greater exchange of teaching ideas, student achievement continues to improve.
Providing young readers with a thorough grounding in nonfiction ensures that they acquire the background knowledge and vocabulary essential to their understanding of subjects like science and social studies. The authors have written this book to assist with this effort, covering topics such as criteria for choosing books, strategies for shared reading and reading aloud, informational writing activities, and ways to guide parent involvement.
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?.
This practical introduction to engineering for elementary through high school teachers teaches how to create effective engineering-infused lessons that break down the barriers between science, math, and technology instruction. It highlights engineering's connection to 21st century skills and college and career readiness, addresses the Next Generation Science Standards, and walks through each step of the simple but powerful engineering design process.
Covers new teaching methods and a belief that technology can reshape and re-energize the high school English Language Arts classroom.
This book gives you a streamlined path for designing and implementing curriculum that leads to student mastery of academic language—the key to school success.
This book provides a streamlined path for designing and implementing curriculum that leads to student mastery of academic language—the key to school success.
This book offers strategies that support mathematics learning along with language acquisition for English Learners.
This book offers research-proven strategies on how best to motivate students in science and promote scientific literacy. The authors detail key motivational constructs specific to science with illustrative vignettes, address gender differences that influence how girls and boys are motivated, describe how to make science learning relevant, accessible, and enjoyable, and offer motivational strategies that are consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Provides a framework for successful teaching practice. Includes applications for state standards, formative assessments, and school specialists.
Provides a strengthened model of RTI (Response to Intervention) that emphasizes formative assessment and refining core instructions rather than relying only on multiple layers of intervention.
This publication addresses the questions of how teachers can collect and use strategic information to up their game and of how districts can better support teaching talent.
Through real-life stories and by sharing insightful research, this book equips school leaders with the practical knowledge and emotional tools necessary to survive discrimination, bad politics, revenge, and ego-driven coworkers.
This book explores six essential tenets of assessment that will help deepen your understanding of assessment to meet standards and enhance your students’ academic success.
This book acts as a manual that teaches teachers how to style questions to elicit response from students and to create an engaging environment for the student learners.
This book presents a discussion of common evaluation systems, including testing, value-added models, and observations. Analysis of federal guidelines and state responses, action steps teachers and school leaders can take to influence policy, and a clear rationale and strategies for implementing a teacher evaluation model based on human judgment are also discussed.
This book explores the Digital Swamp Index, helping educators wade through digital innovations in order to uncover tools that truly accelerate student achievement. It can be used to effectively implement technology and address the revolution occurring in education, which is generating a new nature of learning.
The book provides teacher-friendly lessons, strong standards-based science content, and a kid-magnet formula that will get your students engrossed in science while they improve their reading skills.
This book focuses on the potentially overwhelming, sometimes puzzling, often delicate work of engaging both students and parents in the pursuit of learning and achievement.
This resource discusses the key principles new and seasoned school leaders need to know about educational assessment to do their work effectively.
This guide provides indispensable tips for time management, grading practices with clear feedback, productive meetings with students, parents, or colleagues, effective recordkeeping, and streamlined procedures.
This book provides tips and insights from award-winning schools that use technology to advance student 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.
The book provides inspiration to alter your teaching methods to match new standards and new times focusing exclusively on college science teaching. It offers 16 examples of college teaching that builds on what students learned in high school.
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 tells the stories of 24 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs that connect with the Next Generation Science Standards and lead to successful student learning.
This book provides an overview of current research on quality professional development and how it aligns with the National Science Education Standards. It includes fourteen professional development programs that provide real-life models of how to train current or future teachers to carry out the constructivist, inquiry-based approach recommended by the Standards.
Explores a seven-step process for emotionally, intellectually, and behaviorally engaging students with specific strategies, techniques, and tools which create an engaging educational experience. Utilizing cornerstones of professional learning communities, suggestions are offered for utilizing action research, collaborative inquiry, journal study, and shared practice to integrate ideas into practice.
This book can help you apply the most motivational techniques of gameplay to your classroom using strategies that work with and enhance (rather than replace) your current curriculum.
This book shows how to ensure schoolwide grading practices center on four essential criteria: fairness, accuracy, specificity, and timeliness.
Learn how to teach content and process at the same time, assess 21st-century skills, and engage students in higher-order thinking—all central aims of the Common Core.
This book traces the journey of a teacher as she works through the challenges of formative assessment and responsive instruction to discover the practices that will help her students succeed. K-3 teachers and administrators will learn how to: set clear, attainable learning outcomes, make teaching responsive to the whole child, monitor student progress toward essential skills, build a positive classroom and school culture, and collaborate to help young children succeed.
This book is designed to assist teachers, administrators, and coaches by prescribing strategies for creating a culture of feedback. Instructional tools and clear explanations provided by the author create a blueprint for developing independent thinkers, engaged students, and high achievers in every classroom.
This book explores the five "levers" of schooling: structure, sample, standards, strategy, and self. It illustrates how changes to structure and sample (how schools are organized and how students are grouped) will not be effective without changes to standards (expectations for student learning), strategy (instructional strategies to engage students in meaningful learning), and self (the set of beliefs teachers and students have about their capacity to be effective).
This guide provides information on what a flipped classroom is and why it works. Learn about the flipped mastery model, where students learn at their own pace, furthering opportunities for personalized education.
This book describes a plan for radically improving student learning that is built on three core elements: a focused and coherent curriculum (what we teach); clear, prioritized lessons (how we teach); and purposeful reading and writing, or authentic literacy.
Helps educators develop the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully implement formative assessment in the classroom.
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 discusses how teachers teach the virtues of grit—tenacity, perseverance, and the ability to never give up while helping students enjoy learning and want to come to school, even through painful and frustrating experiences.
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.
The 21st century has seen vast advances in technology—which can connect students and teachers to more information, knowledge, and experts than ever before. Investigate why the traditional education system isn't working, uncover why the meanings of education and success should be redefined, and understand the teacher's role in a free learning environment.
The Six-C process allows educators to take progressively more assertive steps as needed to resolve a conflict, using the least amount of time and energy while preserving relationships.
Based on interviews with experienced principals, this book helps leaders examine the causes of negative staff behavior and build a culture of shared leadership, collegiality, and teamwork.
This book outlines action steps for teachers to critically reflect on their management style, then implement changes to supercharge the learning experience for students of all cultural backgrounds.
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.
Offering classroom management solutions for beginning secondary school teachers from their peers, this resource presents instructional/disciplinary cases and helps identify when problems relate to lesson delivery or discipline.
Based on a five-step model, this guide helps school leaders establish the processes necessary to align curriculum to mandated standards, develop curriculum maps, and systematize instructional practices.
In this book, teachers will examine the ways in which the modern, connected world fundamentally impacts their work; explore the differences between a culture of teaching and a culture of learning in classrooms; create ways to bring online tools into the classroom; reflect on the changing expectations of literacy; and understand how learning changes in online networked spaces.
This resource provides K-6 teachers with suggestions for incorporating technology into literacy practices and illustrates ways technology can deepen students literacy development.
Covers key concepts of parallel leadership to demonstrate its utility as a strategic managerial tool in building school capacity.
This handbook provides specific application steps for engaging all staff in a systematic approach to addressing problems and creating a positive school climate.
This book present 144 strategies for leading staff development workshops, professional learning communities, and staff meetings.
Provides educators with a six-step process that makes it easier than ever to link teaching and assessment to standards.
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 breaks down the process of incorporating digital age skills into curriculum into 18 easy-to-follow challenges so that teachers can improve student outcomes. Teachers will learn how to promote teamwork and collaboration, helping students stay motivated and inspired to develop the skills they’ll need for the future.
Provides an introduction to GPS and geocaching to learn where to find geocaches, how they are placed, what to do when you locate one, and what GPS tools you'll need to use.
This book features how to incorporate digital games into lessons in order to improve learning and prepare 21st century students for college and careers.
This book helps create a uniform game plan to foster a collaborative community of learners, develop a shared focus, and meet growth goals. It assists in examining new concepts of leadership, and learn how to effectively assemble schoolwide commitment to PLC (Professional Learning Community) principles as well as explores coaching points and tools to customize strategies for teachers and leaders, who must share collective responsibility to drive lasting change.
This guide provides classroom educators and tech coaches with tips and inspiration on how to apply gaming techniques to improve literacy and deepen student collaboration and critical thinking.
This book explores current trends in postsecondary education and focuses on developments most likely to impact its future. The author analyzes why we must rethink our understanding of life beyond high school to better prepare students for careers, further education, and economic prosperity.
This practical guide will inform teachers’ and school leaders’ thinking about how best to design schools and classrooms to support learning in a connected, digital world. From classroom redesigns to schoolwide renovation projects and new building construction, the authors show the many ways that active learning spaces can improve the learning experience. Includes case studies as well as exercises and opportunities for reflection.
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.
Presents LEGO Robotics in a manageable, organized way so that you learn what it is, what student activities look like, how to begin, how to manage a class, and how robotics relate to standards.
This book moves the implementation of the CCSS for ELA from the abstract to the concrete by providing adaptable, exemplar lesson plans in each of the CCSS strands: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language.
This book is designed to help teachers become more familiar with the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) and serves as a guide to align lesson plans with the standards to uncover their benefits for the teaching of reading and writing.
This book will help you become a positive force in girls' lives in any capacity: as a teacher, counselor, advisor, or parent.
This book outlines the factors educators must consider in order to turn schools back into places that nurture children.
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 guide outlines specific steps your team can take to transform grading and reporting schoolwide. Each chapter includes examples of grading dilemmas, vignettes from teachers and administrators, and ideas for bringing parents on board with change.
This book reveals how many of the assessment policies that teachers adopt can actually prove detrimental to student motivation and achievement, and shows educators how they can tailor their policies to help students better understand the lessons that are being taught.
Provides a four-step approach for teaching students how to acquire content knowledge, including examples of student projects as well as effective assessment tools that teachers can adapt for their own classrooms.
This book covers the systematic design of online and hybrid learning environments, emphasizing the importance of aligning learner assessments to learning objectives, along with a framework for designing and sequencing meaningful e-learning interactions. It discusses practical tools for preparing students for successful online learning, interprets laws, and provides examples of how online instruction can and should be universally designed for children with special needs.
This book offers a model for contextualizing language and promoting academic success for all students, particularly English learners in the K-5 science classroom, through a highly effective approach that integrates inquiry-based science lessons with language rich hand-on experiences.
Covers how to use a combination of questions, prompts, cues, direct explanations, and modeling to guide students' learning and build their understanding.
This book provides a guide for increasing and enhancing teaching quality through the power of educators learning together.
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.
This comprehensive guide captures unique perspectives from 20 successful principals, representing a wide range of urban and rural schools, offering real-life strategies and best practices.
The authors draw on years of teaching experience to propose the APA (Acknowledge, Process, Act) method, which encourages students to recognize emotions and also motivates them to implement proactive solutions rather than let negative emotions sabotage their academic goals. Included are several grade-appropriate classroom scenarios and relevant strategies that will help teachers create more peaceful, respectful, and productive learning environments.
This book shows educators the value of tenacity and building connections when teaching students who present difficult challenges.
This book is designed to support instructors as they plan and implement NGSS-aligned lessons that will engage students with biology concepts that many find especially challenging.
This book provides a framework for individual reflection and evaluation of schools’ processes as part of a professional development program. Included are strategies, action items, processes, and examples from successful programs nationwide.
Provides ideas for dozens of fun and engaging educational activities that can be done on almost any basic cell phone (a smartphone is not necessary).
This resource offers strategies and sample lesson plans for putting the principles of Green Light classrooms into practice and engaging today’s digitally savvy students.
Outlines effective intervention programs and provides specific guidelines for teaching homeless students.
This step-by-step guide shows teachers how homework assignments can connect with the curriculum and with students’ lives, including strategies and sample assignments for all grade levels.
This book explains how inquiry leads to problem-solving and provides specific steps for pre, formative and summative assessment that informs instruction of 21st century skills. Included are examples that show how to use today’s technology in the classroom and how to use inquiry to develop and assess students’ ability.
This book Identifies five key elements (information, planning, motivation, support, and leadership) that are necessary for the success of any goal, life transition, or challenge. The elements are called the 5 Waters of Success, and like the water we drink, we need them to thrive in today’s rapidly paced world.
Implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) in Grades 6–12 offers many unique challenges, but this comprehensive, research-based book provides secondary school administrators with the information, resources, and guidance necessary to use RTI for the benefit of struggling adolescent learners.
This book is a relevant, hands-on resource that will help teacher teams—particularly those new to evidence-based instructional decision making—untangle thorny instructional challenges, improve classroom practice, and, ultimately, achieve results.
Covers how to develop and use test questions and other assessments that reveal how well students can analyze, reason, solve problems, and think creatively.
This book engages school and district leaders to guide them through the journey of developing and sustaining an effective coaching program.
With this guide, you'll investigate why strong leadership is a crucial element of successful PLCs and delve deep into what leadership should involve at the district and site levels. Discover leadership strategies for creating a collaborative culture, learn how to build shared values among educators, and explore tools and techniques for monitoring progress on your PLC journey.
This book covers the process and content of coaching and describes a unique approach that encourages teachers to write and reflect upon their practices using literacy strategies to train across content areas and learn how to individualize their approach to honor teachers' distinctive learning styles. It includes samples of teacher writing and student work generated from coaching plus narratives from practicing coaches in school-based, district, and independent settings.
This book provides research tools that will help create a culture of achievement, so that your school or classroom is the best it can be. After reading this book, you’ll see why culture makes the difference between a school that enables success for all students and a school that merely houses those students during the school day.
In this guide, the author identifies two essential components of effective rubrics: (1) criteria that relate to the learning (not the “tasks”) that students are being asked to demonstrate and (2) clear descriptions of performance across a continuum of quality. The book also outlines the difference between various kinds of rubrics, explains when using each type of rubric is appropriate, and highlights examples from all grade levels and assorted content areas.
With this guide, you'll gain clarity on the work of teams in a PLC and uncover the elements of effective team development. Discover skills and behaviors that individuals and teams can improve regarding communication, facilitating data conversations, and managing consensus while working together.
This resource offers case studies from principals who have successfully managed dysfunctional and low-performing teachers, scripts for achieving effective communication, and a culture-builder's toolkit with exercises and assessments.
This book provides specific guidelines to help educators design targeted questions and tasks that align with new academic standards and assess students’ ability to think at higher levels.
With this user-friendly guide, teachers will discover how small schools, full of singleton teachers who are the only ones in their schools teaching their subject areas, can build successful PLCs.
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 helps develop specific skills for communicating with all parents, including parents who are difficult, angry, overprotective, or overbearing.
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.
With this guide, your team will discover practical, research-based strategies for committing to district-wide PLC implementation, navigating challenges along the way, and ensuring sustainable practices are in place for far-reaching, lasting results.
Building a professional learning community that fosters collaboration and collective responsibility can create lasting change and improve student learning school wide. Investigate the five challenges to school improvement, and uncover research-based strategies to confront them. Read a true account of a school that experienced reform, reversed its culture of failure, and reaped lasting results.
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.
Shows examples of what great teachers do to motivate reluctant learners without relying on elaborate rewards systems or creative tricks to reach students who actively or passively resist investing themselves in the classroom.
Covers the step by step process of what great teachers do to set a learning destination that's worth working toward and ensure that the path students take to get there will help them pass the big tests and become engaged learners, effective problem solvers, and critical thinkers.
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.
Provides proactive learning support to enable teachers to give students the right kind of assistance and get those who are struggling back on track. Covers the steps of building a plan and provides all the strategies needed to support students before, during, and after instruction.
Provides a practical map to navigate some of today's most complicated instructional challenges. Identifies five critical keys to personalizing learning for students who have wildly different cultural, linguistic, and academic backgrounds.
With this how-to guide, teachers can explore how technology has changed the way groups share, cooperate, and take collective action, the three strategies as being instrumental to PLC success.
This book reveals tangible strategies for improving instruction. Built around the work of Battelle for Kids, this book provides a field-tested continuous improvement model for using value-added information to increase student learning.
Features an easy-to-follow guide for any educator, practicing or preservice, who wants to be an effective technology facilitator and/or educational leader.
This handbook guides general educators, special educators, administrators, and school psychologists through the eligibility and evaluation stages to ensure that students get the best services and interventions they need to be successful.
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.
This book provides hands-on techniques for implementing K–12 change management with the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM), a rigorously field-tested approach for more than two decades.
This book contains user-friendly strategies for implementing project-based learning to equip students with essential 21st century skills and prepare them for college and careers.
This guide helps principals to create visionary learning communities that improve student outcomes by shaping the internal school community and partnering with families and organizations in the external community.
This book provides a concrete tool for implementing digital age best practices. It includes discussions on how to promote networked collaboration, bolster purposeful inquiry, and anchor student decision-making and learning with technology tools and resources.
This practical guide can be used by individual teachers or collaboratively as a study guide for a learning community. Case studies provide examples of formative assessment in practice, along with examples of teachers implementing changes in their practice. A companion website includes an array of tools and templates for organizing, gathering, and systematically using information to strengthen formative assessment skills.
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.
This book offers a comprehensive framework to enhance student achievement in good times and in bad. It outlines a school improvement action plan focused sharply on student learning and then shows how to target resources to implement each strategy in that plan.
This book explores how tapping into the rich resources of teachers, students, families, the school community and the community-at-large can make the work of learning more successful for all involved.
This book presents a compelling case for why contemporary American educators are the greatest generation in history.
This book helps teachers think of new ways to design instruction with individual needs in mind, find new and creative ways to manage lab experiments, overcome fears of behavioral flare-ups in the classroom, and become more confident when working with special education counterparts and the IEP team.
This book is an essential resource for the newly minted inclusion coach, including timelines, planning sheets, surveys, frameworks, curriculum examples, and other practical tools.
This comprehensive handbook includes new information on national mandates affecting special education and a wealth of teaching strategies supported by the latest research.
This book identifies "locks" to learning and provides targeted strategies, or "keys" that unlock learning barriers for adolescents with disabilities and other learning challenges.
Contains strategies for teaching innovation-age skills as well as implementing Common Core standards. Using these takeaways, teachers can design learning environments that foster collaboration; promote self-expression, interactive communication, and three-dimensional communication; encourage creativity, associational thinking and empathetic thinking skills; and boost critical thinking skills.
This book helps teachers blend literacy into elementary science instruction. It shows them how to teach science using a variety of nonfiction text sets (such as field guides, reference books, and narrative expository texts) and replace individual lessons with a learning-cycle format (including hands-on investigations, readings, directed discussion, and problem solving).
This book helps districts define, develop, and implement a systematic inquiry-based process with a focus on both adult and student learning. This book's inquiry model challenges educators and students to define questions they are passionate about exploring, collect and analyze data to inform their questions, share what they have learned through the process with others, and collaborate to build on their results and improve student achievement.
This book offers extensive case studies to explore how expert principals manage crises, navigate tough choices, and support school environments.
This book focuses on relevant topics that face today’s educational leaders, particularly those at the school level: teacher leaders, grade or department chairs, assistant principals, and principals. Each chapter weaves a narrative of a successful leader who embodies the characteristics that current research and theory have established as essential for success, examining a different topic while offering practical applications and ways to overcome barriers to success.
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.
This book explores the four essentials for developing a creative, mistake-tolerant culture, investigates teaching and leadership beliefs and practices that undermine creativity, and discovers strategies for successfully navigating challenges that your team may face along the way.
Presents concepts on how to inspire students to learn, behave responsibly, and improve their relationships with themselves, other students, and teachers.
This book equips you to create engaging lessons from experiences and events that matter to your students. Learn how to help your students see meaningful connections between the real word and what they learn in the classroom—because that’s when learning sticks.