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 is a guide to how to teach the essential, high-frequency words that appear in academic contexts—and reverse the disadvantages of what she calls "word poverty." It provides a selection of engaging strategies to help educators across all content areas and grade levels not only teach students a large quantity of words but also ensure that they know these words well.
This guide provides essential strategies to improve student learning by supporting good behavior rather than punishing bad behavior.
This book shows how central Common Core tenets—rigor, meaningful curricula and assessment, and higher order thinking—can become educational realities for every child in your school or district.
This book teaches readers how to cultivate a passion for kindness in order to make a positive difference in the lives of friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and strangers.
This practical reference clarifies what general education teachers need to know about special education law and processes and provides a guide to instructional best practices for the inclusive classroom.
This book presents a lesson planning approach for the secondary classroom that generates test success as a byproduct of comprehensive literacy learning.
Provides strategic talking points, conversation starters, and ready-made tools needed to explain how formative assessment improves student learning and achievement, and guides school leaders in working with teachers to make formative assessment an integral part of their classrooms.
This copublication of ASCD and NNSTOY outlines a path for educators to become successful teacher leaders. Organized around five key tools—communication, collaboration, professional development, data, and advocacy—it covers every aspect of what is involved in taking on leadership responsibilities.
This book helps educators to create a comprehensive, five-part model of social and emotional learning (SEL) that builds students' sense of identity and confidence in their ability to learn and overcome challenges, helps students identify, describe, and regulate their emotional responses, promotes cognitive regulation and critical thinking skills, fosters students' social skills, including teamwork and sharing, and equips students to become informed and involved citizens.
This book shows educators how to create culturally relevant RTI models that help diverse students thrive!
This book addresses the needs of multilingual students who enter a new school and have to learn to adapt to a new country and a new language—and they must be assessed along with their peers. It presents the story of Ana, a newcomer to the United States and its school system and, in a month-by-month format, reveals how assessment affects students, teachers, families, and school leaders. It shows teachers how to collect, analyze, and act upon data about multilingual learners.
This book offers insight to navigating the constant demands that come with being an educator that can create the conditions for burnout with practical strategies and tools to thrive in every area of life.
This book explains that, while the latest technology supports learning by providing extraordinary opportunities, artificial intelligence will never replace the life that REAL educators bring to our schools. Through personal stories, this book encourages educators to share their unique talents and passions, be true to themselves, and embrace the adventures life offers.
This book describes real life stories from the author’s personal life, and his occupations as a teacher in all three levels, and as an administrator, and can help enhance teaching practices and build relationships.
This book introduces a proven self-reflection tool to help educators of all grade levels and content areas develop the skills to become a globally competent teacher, so that they can prepare their students for an increasingly complex, interconnected, and interdependent world.
This book helps educators to internalize and employ five core beliefs and mindsets necessary to best serve Black and Latino male students, six core values for teaching Black and Latino males, and eleven characteristics of strong, healthy relationships in order to become the educator that these students need.
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 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.
This book proposes a new approach to pedagogy as the basis for the bold moves teachers and leaders need to make to engage all learners and prepare them for now and into the future. The authors examine every aspect of K-12 education, including teacher roles, curriculum, instruction, and assessment, as well as the physical and virtual learning spaces that engage 21st century teachers and learners.
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.
Covers changing curriculum from teacher-directed and routine programs to practices that engage students in thinking, working, and interacting with others.
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.
Introduces a new model to clarify the structural and interpersonal components of an equitable and schooling experience, as well as a survey-based tool to help school and teacher leaders uncover equity-related issues and organize their efforts to better address physical integration, social-emotional engagement, opportunity to learn, instructional excellence, and engaged and inspired learners.
This book explores the path by which administrative leaders may improve their math programs, offering an overview of what an effective program looks like and examples of actions to take to achieve that goal. It addresses the three components necessary for a successful math program: how to recognize, support, and evaluate effective teachers; the steps to take to move from grand ideas to concrete results; and how to approach obstacles to achieving your goal.
This book focuses on specific disabilities and inclusive curriculum scenarios for learners in K-12 environments. It offers advice on how to prevent labels from capping student potential and encouragement to help teachers continually improve learner outcomes, and walks teachers through the process of reinforcing, motivating, scaffolding, and planning for instruction that targets learners of all ability levels.
This book explains how C.R.A.F.T. conversations support leaders' efforts in four "cornerstone" areas: Building Capacity, Invoking Change, Promoting Collaboration, and Prioritizing Celebration.
This book offers a continuum of options, with four "destinations" on the road to improved grading and assessment.
This book helps teachers plan and differentiate literacy instruction for all students from prekindergarten through 5th grade.
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 will show readers how to combine two successful frameworks to change the culture in schools from reactive to proactive.
This book explores how school leaders can create a positive school culture that endures in the long term.
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 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.
Features a field-tested framework for teaching to ensure inclusion and differentiated instruction are in harmony with standards-based education.
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.
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.
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 draws on lessons learned from educators across grade levels, content areas, and district demographics to present a guide to developing a culture of reflective practice in your school. It explores ideas to help gain a clear understanding of role and responsibilities—and those of the teachers—within each stage of the continuum of self-reflection, and uses real-life examples to determine how teacher-leadership activities and strategic coaching can move them forward.
This book explains to educators how they can teach their students to be creatively productive by devising individualized plans for personal and student organization, manage time more effectively and get more done, choose the best note-taking styles and strategies, set and track goals—and avoid procrastination, teach students how to use reflection for personal and academic purposes, and boost reading retention.
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 guide introduces the principles of Cultural Proficiency and how they can help improve educators’ ability to effectively teach English language learners.
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 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.
This book provides an engaging field-tested approach using digital badges and portfolios to make teaching and learning more personalized while raising achievement levels.
This book shows how to promote your faculty’s professional growth and accountability through job-embedded learning.
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 is a guide to help teachers sort through, capture, and make sense of the messiness associated with assessment. By shining a spotlight on three types of student portfolios—performance, process, and progress—and how they can be used to assess student work, it assists educators in navigating the maze of digital tools and implement the results to drive instruction.
This book 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.
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 offers lots of practical tools and an experience-proven process to guide school-based teams pursuing bold change.
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 and introduction to the concept of "Greenfield Schooling" and its potential to free-up schools to be more responsive to communities and kids.
This book offers a practical, informative guide for understanding how to capture the brain's incredible power and achieve better results with all students.
This book provides teachers with the information and strategies they need to spot, advocate for, engage, and challenge exceptional learners in their classrooms. It enables them to learn how to recognize the challenges of each child, identify the five unexpected traits of exceptional learners, and adjust teaching to meet the needs of all learners.
This 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 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 guide offers advice and real-life examples from elementary and secondary units of study across a variety of content areas and standards, as well as field-tested rubrics, protocols, and other tools. It also provides criteria for evaluating each component of a curriculum and end-of-chapter checklists to help ensure that criteria are met.
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 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.
In this guide, the author presents an approach informed by the teachers who helped him and honed through years of connecting with kids who needed someone to show them a path to a more positive future. He shares the little things you can do to prepare yourself for the hard work of making a difference and offers advice for bridging cultural divides, earning students' trust, and equipping them to take responsibility for their own success.
This book provides an inspiring look at how real-world educators are creating schools where all students are able to thrive. In these schools, educators understand that equity is not about treating all children the same. They are deeply committed to ensuring that each student receives what he or she individually needs to develop their full potential—and succeed.
This book 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 offers guidance to help educators select, implement, and assess effective school- or districtwide initiatives. It is filled with resources like action checklists, principles to guide educators, and in-depth questions and protocols, for engaging in collaborative professional development activities that strengthen teaching and learning practices and improve student achievement.
This book explores an urgent and growing issue—childhood trauma—and its profound effect on learning and teaching. It can help educators cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment for students across all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings.
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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.
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.
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.
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 covers the fundamentals of differentiating instruction for students in an academically diverse classroom and provides additional guidelines and new strategies for how to go about it. It explores what differentiation is and why it is essential, how to set up the flexible and supportive learning environment that promotes success, how to manage a differentiated classroom, and how to plan lessons differentiated by readiness, interest, and learning profile.
This book offers enhanced guidance for considering the effectiveness of properly crafted and individually tailored feedback on student work. It provides information on every aspect of feedback, including strategies to uplift and encourage students to persevere in their work; how to formulate and deliver feedback that both assesses learning and extends instruction; and when and how to use oral, written, and visual as well as individual, group, or whole-class feedback.
This book presents a thoughtful and practical approach to achieving breakthrough success with linguistically and culturally diverse students who struggle in school. Strategies for setting high expectations, providing access to the core curriculum, using assessment to inform instruction, attending to language development—both English and academic, and creating a supportive classroom climate are also discussed.
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.
This book guides educators at all levels in figuring out how to produce grades for single assignments and report cards that accurately communicate student achievement of learning goals. It explores topics that are fundamental to effective grading and learning practices, including acknowledging that all students can learn, supporting and motivating student effort and learning, designing and grading appropriate assessments, and implementing learning-focused grading policies.
This book is an essential resource for the newly minted inclusion coach, including timelines, planning sheets, surveys, frameworks, curriculum examples, and other practical tools.
This book offers extensive case studies to explore how expert principals manage crises, navigate tough choices, and support school environments.
Presents concepts on how to inspire students to learn, behave responsibly, and improve their relationships with themselves, other students, and teachers.
This book provides insight and demonstrates how educator-centered instructional coaching can make a difference in teacher learning, instructional practice, and student outcomes.
This book introduces the powerful FIT Teaching Tool, which harnesses the FIT Teaching approach and presents a detailed continuum of growth and leadership.
Explains how to have more influence in the classroom to get more power from what you say to your students every day and provides can't-fail strategies and 100 tips for talking to students more effectively.
This book presents both reflective questions and answers to those questions to help school leaders understand the importance of their roles in a school’s success.
This book offers lessons that educators at all levels can apply to teaching, assessing, counseling, and designing interventions for learners from all walks of life. It also offers real-life examples of challenging classroom situations, each with a detailed breakdown of how they were peacefully and non-punitively resolved and strategies for designing learning environments suited to the individual needs of students and reflective of their cultural backgrounds.
Explores what it means to foster health and safety for students by offering a look at the issues from many angles, addressing both physical and mental health and safety.
This book encourages you to think big and make learning fun and meaningful for students. While you're at it, you just might rediscover why you became an educator in the first place.
This book explains how to design classroom experiences that encourage students to take risks and explore their passions in a stimulating, motivating, and supportive environment where improvement, rather than grades, is the focus.
This book explains that making school a place where students and staff want to be starts with culture. Culture is the way things are done, and is what fosters a sense of community—or not—when we create a culture of learning and positive strength. The author shares personal stories and practical ideas for creating a sense of unity—even in the most diverse communities, and discusses how to inspire, encourage, and lead by example.
This book provides a common core of knowledge and understanding about coaching to help educators design and develop effective coaching programs.
This book details how top-performing school systems have met the challenges facing school leaders today. It explains why our current system is obsolete and the knowledge and skills needed to design and build first-rate education systems. It provides a solid understanding of the key elements of high-performance school systems, including instructional systems, university partnerships, highly qualified teachers, high expectations, equitable systems, and vocational education.
This book is a guide for ensuring that your school provides the federally guaranteed "least restrictive environment" for students no matter the severity of the challenges they face.
A guide that covers everything needed to deal with time, space, materials, groups, and strategies in ways that balance content requirements with multiple pathways for learning. Explains how to lead a class that is differentiated to individual students' needs.
This book shows school administrators, principals, and other education leaders how to apply the author's model to the work of running schools and districts. It offers an overview of the case for simple, focused school and district leadership; examples of real schools and districts that have embraced focused leadership; and a practical implementation guide for ensuring focused leadership in schools and districts.
This book explains how to design classroom experiences that encourage students to take risks and explore their passions in a stimulating, motivating, and supportive environment where improvement, rather than grades, is the focus. It enables teachers to discover how student-led classrooms help students thrive and develop into self-directed, confident citizens who are capable of making smart, responsible decisions, all on their own.
This book outlines eight keys--each a piece of a puzzle for transforming the K-12 education system of teaching and learning--to intentionally design tomorrow's schools so that today's learners are prepared for success . . . and stand ready to create new industries, find new cures, and solve world problems.
What is the explicit instructional strategy that supports the higher-level skills students need to meet the demands of the Common Core Standards? Here’s a book that answers that question and provides you with the vision needed to help students perform cognitive behaviors necessary for college or career-readiness.
Explores how Lincoln's ability to persevere and lead despite adversity provides an inspirational model for educators struggling with today's challenges of accountability, diversity, political conflict, and economic hardship.
This book helps teachers plan, execute, facilitate, and reflect on maker experiences so both they and their students understand how the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of maker education transfer to real-world settings. It also shows how to integrate these activities into the curriculum with intention and a clearly defined purpose.
This teacher-friendly guide offers everything needed to help students who are bored, frustrated, or under performing come alive to learning through the fundamental power of choice. It provides examples of choice in action, ideas to try with different students, and a step-by-step process to help plan and incorporate choice into your classroom.
Explains how negative attitudes toward math get established in the brain and what teachers can do to turn those attitudes around.
Featuring classroom examples, lesson imaging templates, and tips on how to start the process, this book helps teachers anticipate students' ideas and questions and stimulate deeper learning in science, math, engineering, and technology.
This book explains how to find out what your students really think, feel, and need, why it’s so important for students to feel like you care about them, what to do with the feedback you get from students, and how to use student voice to improve education and school culture.
This book shines a spotlight on gamification, an instructional approach that’s revolutionizing K–12 education. Students build knowledge through experimentation and then apply what they’ve learned to fuel further exploration at higher levels of understanding.
This book explains why ensuring high-quality reading instruction is one of school leaders’ most important jobs and introduce their Literacy Classroom Visit (LCV) Model. Meticulously researched and refined through years of application in the field, the LCV Model enables administrators to evaluate and improve literacy instruction in their school or district.
This hands-on guidebook gives teachers, counselors, behavior therapists, and caregivers a wealth of easily implemented and fun-filled ways to enhance children's skills in all areas of social interaction.
This book explores how to turn students into flexible mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. It focuses on the following areas: making sense of math by fostering habits of mind that help students analyze, understand, and adapt to problems; addressing the mathematical building blocks necessary to include in effective math instruction; and turning teaching "upside down" by shifting how we teach, focusing on discussion and analysis as much as we focus on correct answers.
This book provides a compelling vision for teacher growth that encourages and supports instructional expertise, along with nearly three dozen step-by-step protocols for working with teachers. These protocols present a powerful rationale for re-conceptualizing teacher evaluation by creating a balanced system of three equally important components: Reliable and valid evaluation, empowering and focused supervision, and meaningful and purposeful reflection.
This book offers a step-by-step, research-based approach to scaffolding K-12 instruction for students who do not have the language and literacy skills that are needed in school. Readers will find practical teaching strategies based on the four key facets of academic language fluency, case studies about students’ experiences with academic language across the content areas, guidance on family involvement, study questions, and performance assessment tools.
This book explores classroom-tested formative assessment moves—priming, posing, pausing, probing, bouncing, tagging, and binning--including foundational research, explaining how and when to best use them and describing what they look like in practice. Highlights include case studies, try-now tasks, and tips and advice from beginning and seasoned teachers who use these formative assessment moves in their classrooms.
This book explains how to teach, assess, and communicate with parents about basic math fact instruction. It includes: the five fundamentals of fact fluency, which provide a research-based framework; strategies for students to find facts that are not yet committed to memory; games that provide practice; assessment tools that provide useful data on fact fluency and mastery; and suggestions and strategies for collaborating with families to help children master basic math facts.
This book details the crucial role program evaluation serves in school success and how to implement meaningful evaluations that make a difference. It provides a road map of how to conduct comprehensive, system-wide evaluations of programs and processes; the tools needed to obtain usable, pertinent information; and how to use these data to expand teachers' and administrators' data-informed decision-making focus.
Explains what problems are unique to the urban environment, why urban youth is more difficult to motivate, and how to replace ineffective approaches with methods that relate to these students' everyday experiences.
This book defines mindfulness as a secular practice where the intentional focus of one’s attention is on the present moment in a nonjudgmental way. It describes how it can reduce stress to create calmer classrooms in which students concentrate better and feel more positive about themselves and others. Along with an overview and latest research, it explains how it affects the the brain, how to adapt, integrate, and implement it, and how to teach it without religious overtones.
This book looks at the major challenges of the principal position, examining how new principals adapt to the role, set an instructional agenda, and build cooperation and collaboration. It focuses on the dilemmas that mark the principalship—the inevitable, complicated conflicts that arise from a clash of values and resist simple solutions, such as addressing stakeholder demands, time management, delegation, creating safety while building bridges, and work-life balance.
This book explores how one of the most fundamental instructional strategies—questioning—can provide the proper scaffolding to deepen student thinking, understanding, and application of knowledge.
By designing learning experiences that reflect situations and challenges children face in their lives, educators can help them begin to develop the habits of mind that feed a lifetime of learning. Practical examples in this book show how those who work with young children can introduce these habits—such as persisting, managing impulsivity, listening with understanding and empathy, thinking flexibly, and many others—in entertaining, concrete, developmentally appropriate ways.
This collection of articles includes tips and strategies, reflections on the profession as a whole, and descriptions of practices that can make the teaching experience more effective and more rewarding.
This collection of articles covers what research says about the teaching of both reading and reading comprehension—from teaching phonics to improving fluency to tackling complex texts. It offers strategies for teaching informational texts as well as fiction. Most important, it also addresses how to inspire the love of reading.
This collection of articles pulls together some of the best pieces on formative assessment and feedback that will help educators understand how to best use the data they have at their fingertips.
This collection of articles brings together fifteen insightful and passionate pieces that will help you better understand how poverty affects learning and what educators can do to make a positive difference for each learner every day.
This guide shows how to unite and energize your team as never before, while helping your students to love learning and crave achievement.
Provides ongoing advice and counsel on how to master the entire spectrum of duties that teacher leaders are expected to accomplish.
This step-by-step guide will help you build learner capacity and create a classroom culture where students take the lead.
This book presents a strategy for how educators can build effective partnerships with parents—especially those who typically have not been actively involved in their children’s schooling. It includes case studies spanning the K–12 spectrum, and it explores ways to assist struggling students, collaborate on IEPs, use school-based events to engage parents in problem solving, and tap into community resources to work effectively with families of English language learners.
This book explores the role peer feedback plays in learning and teaching. It will help teachers gain an understanding of what meaningful feedback looks like; establish a student-led learning environment that supports risk taking and honest sharing; teach students to be adept peer strategists; develop cooperative student expert groups; and use technology to enhance collaboration, streamline the learning and revision process, and strengthen students' digital citizenship skills.
This book provides district and school administrators with a roadmap for transforming professional development programs into more effective and innovative learning experiences that elevate onsite expertise while aligning with school and district priorities. It includes steps for diagnosing, planning, executing, evaluating, and refining teachers' professional learning. Informed by research and experiences of educators, it suggests best practices and tools for adult learning.
This book empowers teachers with theoretical and practical ways to introduce Algebra to 3-5 grade students, making vital connections to concepts they will encounter in middle school and beyond.
This book provides readers with an overview of school security and the politics surrounding it, then provides nuts-and-bolts strategies for preventing violence and preparing for crises.
This book provides a framework for developing professional learning experiences that spark and maintain teacher motivation and lead to real changes in practice. It makes the case for a better approach—one that melds traditional PD structures with personalized learning. The author's three-stage professional development for learning (PDL) process covers critical aspects of planning, providing, and following up.
This research-based resource provides more than 200 instructional interventions for teaching the growing population of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds within an Response to Intervention (RTI) framework.
Covers the instructional, management, and assessment strategies to help teachers be more effective at educating black students.
This book provides guidance on "implementing the implementation standard" and will help you discover what it takes to implement lasting, high-impact professional learning and practice.
This book discusses getting to the next level of trauma-invested practice by building a positive learning environment shaped by three new Rs of education: relationship, responsibility, and regulation. It shows how to create a culture of safety; describes four areas of need—emotional, relational, physical, and control—that drive student behavior; illustrates trauma-invested practices; and offers ways to challenge beliefs and ways of thinking about your role in students' lives.
This book leads the way in applying Response to Intervention (RTI) to mathematics instruction by offering guidelines for improving learning for all students, especially those who have learning disabilities or are struggling with mathematics content.
Written for principals and teachers, this nationally tested discipline plan for Grades K–5 emphasizes a team approach to managing student behavior.
Leveraging the latest research as well as classroom experience, this book offers practical strategies, replicable examples, and thoughtful reflection exercises for educators to help students embrace the mystery, complexity, and power of challenge. It provides a blueprint for introducing more rigor to the classroom, through active learning, a culture of taking risks, leveling lessons and assessments, and activities that push students beyond their comfort zones.
This book provides insights and strategies for making space in the busy lives of teachers. These include giving oneself permission to take a break, practicing mindfulness, being truly present, and developing systems that make life more manageable.
This book offers practical advice and strategies that help you build positive energy to reinvigorate your school's culture and staff. It zeroes in on key school improvement efforts, including moving from the culture you have to the culture you want; using the school's culture to improve teaching, job satisfaction, and morale; maximizing the intentions of professional learning communities; and developing organizational habits that can contribute to positive change.
This book presents proven strategies and tools for school leaders learn to use a multitiered approach to improving K-12 student attendance.
This book is designed to help teachers THRIVE by rejecting isolation, connecting with kids, and disrupting the status quo in education.
This book explains how to make gradual shifts, in your thinking, teaching, and approach to classroom design, that will have a massive impact in your classroom.
This book addresses the need to shift our conversations at school and at home from digital citizenship to digital leadership. Since technology is here to stay, so our students must be educated, empowered, and inspired to use social media to learn and share learning and their voices, address inequality, and be a positive influence in others’ lives. It introduces the reader to some amazing kids who are leveraging social media in positive and powerful ways.
This book outlines why traditional homework causes dread and frustration for students; how flipped learning—completing the harder or more analytical aspects of learning in class as opposed to having students do it on their own—improves student learning; and how teachers can create flipped assignments that both engage students and advance student learning.
This book combines brain science research, proven teaching methods, and the author’s personal story to empower teachers to improve their students’ learning experiences with ideas for sparking curiosity, strategies for encouraging students to embrace learning, practices for effective reflection, and technology tips.
This book is packed with ideas for both new and veteran teachers of K-8 students, covering a variety of topics that are especially relevant to the first week of school. It provides critical information that includes arranging and navigating the classroom, setting basic expectations, communicating routines, and understanding your students' needs. You'll gain new insights for the first week of school and for a successful year for students, parents, and teachers.
This book shares stories from Webb Elementary, intended to remind teachers that education isn’t just a job, it’s a calling. It’s a role that comes with the responsibility to care deeply and to persist despite countless challenges, from state testing to budget cuts to long hours.
Explains how to use the Process Learning Circle method to ensure your PLC advances the type of teacher learning that is essential to improving student achievement.
This book maps out a transformative model of personalization that puts students at the center and asks them to employ the set of dispositions for engagement and learning known as the Habits of Mind.
This book explores how the special education teacher and the general education teacher work together to create a student's individualized education plan (IEP) towards each student meeting carefully crafted goals. It addresses five common challenges posed by IEPs: understanding the full scope of the teacher's role, doing critical prep work for IEP meetings, offering modifications and accommodations, contributing to the IEP team, and monitoring student progress.
This book will help schools develop and refine their instruction and assessment of multicultural newcomers and English learners.
Explores numerous summarization strategies, including all of the steps and examples educators need to start using summarization to improve students' comprehension and boost their long-term memory. This second edition includes changes to all techniques from the first edition and brand new summarizing techniques that can be differentiated for multiple disciplines and levels of student readiness.
This guide to building and sustaining effective, cross-system partnerships between high schools, colleges, and regional and local communities is designed to help educators support students’ college and career readiness.
This book offers ideas for initiating authentic, math-based conversations that can benefit (and be fun for) everyone at the table–no matter how young or old.
This guide for improving communication and building better relationships teaches how to choose words that inspire, encourage, and move people to action. Six effective communication principles show how to develop rapport; gain respect; support others; engage listeners; develop insight; and increase productivity.
This book presents the groundbreaking results of the Institute's half-decade of research, development, and practice: a simple but powerful model for personalizing students' learning experiences by building their levels of commitment, ownership, and independence.
This book discusses chronic absence in U.S. schools and its effects on students, teachers, families, and the school community. It explains how to replace punitive approaches with universal supports and Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions for students with more persistent problems, including how to: build a team to address absenteeism; collect data and set priorities; generate enthusiasm and community support; and create strategies specific to the school and its demographics.
Provides help to teachers, in every subject area, become expert teachers of English language learners (ELL).
This book addresses more than 50 ways teachers can use technology in math classes as a means of helping students develop critical-thinking skills and learn how to apply mathematical concepts to real life. It provides lesson ideas, links to downloadable templates, step-by-step instructions, and resources.
This book addresses the difficulties that educators experience when trying to integrate creativity into their curriculum, and presents strategies for equipping learners across all grades and subjects with the motivation and critical thinking skills to thrive in a high-tech future.
In this book, the authors explain metacognition and how it equips students to meet today’s rigorous education standards. They present a unique blend of useful metaphors, learning strategies, and instructional tips you can use to teach your students to be the boss of their brains.
This book details how to design, manage, and maintain an active classroom that balances autonomy and structure. It offers student-centered strategies on sorting, station teaching, and cooperative learning that will help teachers build on students' intellectual curiosity, self-efficacy, and sense of purpose.
This guide helps teachers discover how to reach male students. Updated with recent research in neuroscience and developmental psychology, it translates theory into practical strategy,
This book outlines a comprehensive, collaborative approach to teaching that focuses on students' strengths and resiliency. It encourages educators to embrace teaching and school-wide practices that support and enhance the academic and social-emotional development of students living with trauma, violence, and chronic stress.
If you want the classroom experience to result in deeper understanding and new knowledge, then students must become active participants in the learning process. With new chapters on writing and the first two weeks of school, this book references the CCSS as it relates to communication and collaboration and structuring the classroom environment and offers brain-based teaching strategies.
This book merges the idea of teamwork with the concept of an artisan-apprentice relationship; when newer members of the profession work alongside experts ("artisans"). Over time, the apprentices become artisans themselves and in turn share the art and craft of teaching with newer teachers.
This volume presents reflective questions to assist both new and aspiring school leaders as they work to become effective school leaders or consider making a leap to a leadership position. It helps aspiring principals determine whether they truly want to be “The Principal” and helps new principals grow and thrive. The book contains a chapter on preparing for the school administrator job interview, and discusses student achievement, maintenance, budget, and website.
This book provides a step-by-step guide for the implementation of Spider Web Discussion, covering everything from introducing the technique to creating rubrics for discussion self-assessment to the nuts and bolts of charting the conversations and using the data collected for formative assessment.
This book serves as a bridge between research and practice by providing a cohesive, proven, and usable model of effective instruction, showing how to apply relevant research from educational and cognitive neuroscience to classroom settings through a pedagogical framework. It presents this model with the educator in mind and offers practical steps for using it to inform instruction and teach 21st-century skills.
This book explains how to energize yourself to maintain or regain a positive outlook and love of teaching, and how shifts in awareness, attitudes, and actions can be transformational for you and your students. It draws from the authors’ research, lesson plans, and experience with burnout, and offers actions you can take to to enhance your well-being and thrive, change your outlook, strengthen your determination to be a terrific teacher, and reignite your passion for teaching.
This book addresses a dilemma faced by many principals: how to function as learning leaders while fulfilling their evaluative and management duties. The answer? Incorporating instructional coaching techniques as an integral part of serious school improvement.
This book recommends eleven habits to help educators, learners, and their families live stronger, more vibrant lives, related to setting goals; flexible thinking; living with purpose and not trying to be perfect; practicing mindfulness and reducing stress; and self care.
This book is designed to assist first-year teachers, and teachers transitioning to new positions, to navigate the changes and challenges that they may encounter. Chapters addressing issues such as classroom management, special education, inclusive classrooms, and building planning and time management skills, are provided.
For success in school and life, students need more than proficiency in academic subjects and good scores on tests. To truly thrive, students need to develop attributes that aren't typically measured on standardized tests. In this book, educators will learn how to foster the "Formative Five" success skills that today's students need, including : empathy; self-control; integrity; embracing diversity; and grit.
This book identifies ways in which educators can make their professional development meaningful, efficient, and, above all, relevant both to themselves and their colleagues.
This book provides hundreds of easy, stand-alone activities, resources, and projects to help busy educators to seamlessly integrate global awareness themes into existing K-5 Common Core curriculum, recruit parent and community volunteers and organizations, use social media for student global collaboration projects, and plan international events, after-school clubs, and cross-curricular activities.
In this book, the author introduces the Teacher Intentionality Practice Scale (TIPS), a framework for both supporting and measuring effective teaching. Taken together, the framework's seven TIPs provide a research-based, classroom-tested guide to help teachers create coherent, connected lessons.
This book demonstrates how educators can look past their own generational filters to reap the benefits of seeing through a new lens. It focuses on the major contexts in which generational differences play out—including recruitment, coaching, professional learning, and succession planning.
This book provides a look at the fortunes we can gain from even our worst experiences. The author’s personal stories teach strategies for living a meaningful life regardless of the craziness happening around you.
This book calls for the ground-up redevelopment of assessment in U.S. education. It maps out the adjustments in practice and culture necessary to generate both accurate accountability data and the specific evidence of individual mastery that will support sound instructional decision making and better learning in the classroom.
This book dives into the details of implementing a successful teacher rounds program, and provides a complete and practical step-by-step plan.
This book looks at the power and promise of the teenage brain from an empathetic, strength-based perspective, and describes what middle and high school educators can do to make the most of their students' potential.
This book explores the definition of leadership and including clear targets that support the ongoing growth and development of leaders. It enables principals to learn to capitalize on their leadership roles as visionary, instructional leader, engager, and learner and collaborator. It also offers 17 criteria of effective practice that allow leaders to focus on behaviors that have the greatest direct effect on the culture and status of learning and teaching.
This book presents six strategies to show teachers ways to foster real-world connections, genuine engagement, and deeper learning. The strategies are making meaning central to student work; contextualizing the curriculum; creating space to learn; connecting student work to the community; following the (student) leaders; and reenvisioning feedback and evaluation. The book includes how to get started, examples, reflection questions, and tips on how to overcome common obstacles.
This guide shows new and transitioning School Improvement Specialist (SIS) professionals in applying high-leverage practices that result in systemic, sustainable, school-wide improvement.
This book takes readers on a reflective journey designed to reignite their passion for teaching. It provides teachers with ideas for strengthening student success in the classroom at all times and under all circumstances.
Written for educators, this book is a step-by-step guide to experiencing a creative breakthrough in your classroom with your students. It shows how to draw on your authentic self—your past experiences, personality quirks, interests, hobbies, and strengths—to deliver your content creatively. It provides the knowledge and the confidence to bring creative teaching strategies into your classroom.
Takes into account how a teacher's heavy workload and busy lifestyle can lead to stress; features how to deal with that stress and how to take care of health issues.
This book provides educators with practical, easy-to-use techniques to help them slow down and create a sense of focus, simplicity, and tranquility in both their classroom and their personal life.
This book draws on best-practice research and the author’s decades of experience to offer a blueprint for professional development that maximizes teacher and student growth. It provides teachers, administrators, and other school professionals a step-by-step guide to the four connected, coordinated components of technology-enabled professional development: studying theory and practice; observing theory and practice; one-on-one coaching; and group coaching.
This book provides detailed descriptions of the Total Participation Techniques (TPTs) with step-by-step instructions and includes new techniques to engage K–12 students in active learning as well as ways to adapt and personalize the techniques to fit your context and content. Techniques are presented in four parts: overview, implementation instructions, student participation, and classroom personalization, with real-world examples and toolkits for all levels of learning.
Provides a blueprint for how to ensure professional development can improve student learning by focusing on, evidence of student learning, feedback on teacher and principal decisions, and depth of implementation.
This book puts us on high-alert about some outright dangerous misunderstandings looming around so-called “standards-aligned” instruction, then shows us how to steer past them—all in service of meeting the real intent of the Common Core.
This book provides tools and examples that allow middle and high school teachers to gauge students’ knowledge of core mathematics concepts and strengthen their ability to teach effectively.
This book presents educators with strategies that will help them to create lasting, positive change for themselves, their colleagues, and their students.
This book provides teachers with concrete strategies for achieving the worthy goal of "algebra for all" that will not be possible until "fractions for all" is a reality. It offers three fundamental reasons why it's imperative for us to take a closer look at how we teach fractions: fractions play a key role in students' feelings about mathematics; fractions are fundamental to school math and daily life; and fractions are foundational to success in algebra.
This book will help schools translate neuroscience research findings into practical information for everyday use in schools, at all grade levels and in all subject areas.
Covers the Response to Intervention (RTI) approach to help teachers through the steps of setting up multiple assessments, analyzing performance data, and responding to learning problems.
This book will help educators learn to assess, develop, and reflect on dispositions of star teachers, which enable teachers and students to thrive in the classroom.
This book explores how the gap in measures of achievement between students in the United States and those in other countries can be reduced. It provides analysis of recent international assessment results, in-depth profiles of high-achieving education systems around the globe, strategies for aligning successful educational approaches from international systems to U.S. schools, and transformative ideas for cultivating a truly world-class system of schooling.
Explains how to make formative assessments a seamless and natural part of the teaching process and provides assessment strategies that can be used before, during, and after instruction to learning.
This overview of grading research distills the evidence into meaningful findings and strategies that can be leveraged to improve grading policy and practice.
This book will help teachers examine their language habits and intentionally improve their classroom practice so their language matches and supports their goals.
This book discusses practical implementation strategies and tools that help educators to more effectively and methodically teach children of color, children from low-income families, and other marginalized student groups. Reflective-discussion questions and case studies are also provided.
This book describes the Comer’s School Development Program (SDP) six developmental pathways (cognitive, social, psychological, physical, linguistic, and ethical) and explains how the program’s nine key components (in the form of mechanisms, operations, and guiding principles) create a comprehensive approach to educating children for successful outcomes.
This book provides educators with six easy, proactive steps to establishing a classroom environment free of disruption and conducive to learning.
This book provides a mentor’s guidance to steer new principals through the period of adjustment and set the foundation for a long and rewarding career. The topics you wish your graduate program had covered are covered here—directly, practically, and without the jargon.
This book explores five disruptions to the status quo necessary to realize the promise of inclusion and provide meaningful learning for all students with and without disabilities.