Professional Development Collection
All Professional Development eBooks
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.
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 explains how you can assess and answer your students’ technology needs in terms of access, purpose, and audience--and why you and your school cannot afford to keep students from using technology in their education.
This book offers school and district leaders concise, practical advice on how to set up a hybrid mobile technology program or shift an existing 1:1 or BYOD program to the more flexible, cost-effective, equitable, and learning-focused hybrid approach.
This book explains how to teach young learners to be close readers and how to make close reading a habit of practice in the elementary classroom. It explores text complexity and how to determine if a particular text is right for your learning purposes and your students.
This book explains how to teach middle and high school students to be close readers, how to make close reading a habit of practice across the content areas, and why doing so will build content knowledge. It explores text complexity and how to determine if a particular text is right for your learning purposes and your students.
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.
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 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 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.
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 shows educators how to create culturally relevant RTI models that help diverse students thrive!
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.
Describes a purposeful classroom structure that relies on four phases. Included with the description of each phase are practical strategies that help teachers use this approach, plus tips on how to differentiate instruction, make effective use of class time, and plan backwards from learning objectives.
This book provide a practical blueprint for creating a cooperative and respectful classroom climate in which students and teachers work through behavioral issues together.
The book explores the three interrelated sequences of the field-tested Discourse and Writing Cycle—the Discourse Sequence, the Transition to Writing Sequence, and the Writing Sequence—and includes classroom examples and sample lesson plans from across the content areas of English, social studies, math, and science as a means to focus student thinking, fuel deeper learning, and build complex understanding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 shows teachers how they can free themselves from rigid and ineffective busywork by replacing lesson plans with learning journeys that are guided by the students’ abilities, interests, and skill levels rather than by pre-selected checklists of day-to-day benchmarks.
This book 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 provides an inspiring look at how real-world educators are creating schools where all students are able to thrive. In these schools, educators understand that equity is not about treating all children the same. They are deeply committed to ensuring that each student receives what he or she individually needs to develop their full potential—and succeed.
Provides educators with information on how to provide motivational and challenging math instruction for middle and high school students. Includes advice on setting up the classroom, planning learning experiences, and assessing results.
This book 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 publication discusses how educators can successfully apply the flipped classroom model in elementary classrooms. It offers practical guidance, including how to approach lesson planning, what to do with class time and how to employ project-based learning techniques.
In this book, the authors discuss how educators can successfully apply the flipped classroom model to teaching English language arts. Each chapter offers practical guidance, including how to approach lesson planning, what to do with class time and how the flipped model can work alongside learning through inquiry.
In this book, the authors discuss how educators can successfully apply the flipped classroom model to teaching math. Each chapter offers practical guidance, including how to approach lesson planning, what to do with classtime and how the flipped model can work alongside learning through inquiry.
In this book, the authors discuss how educators can successfully apply the flipped classroom model to teaching science in the classroom and in the lab, as well as how to teach science employing inquiry-based and project-based learning techniques.
In this book, the authors discuss how educators can successfully apply the flipped classroom model to teaching social studies. Each chapter offers practical guidance, including how to approach lesson planning, what to do with class time, and how to flip interactive social studies simulations.
This book presents detailed examples of how formative walkthroughs work across grade levels and subject areas, and provide useful templates that administrators and coaches can use to get started.
This book explores an urgent and growing issue—childhood trauma—and its profound effect on learning and teaching. It can help educators cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment for students across all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings.
This text provides a raft of strategies for ensuring that students experience small, constructive failures as a means to greater achievement, and offers practical suggestions for ensuring that constructive failure doesn't detrimentally affect students' summative assessments.
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 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.
Explains the mental processes students need to gather, organize, and understand information, and describes how educators can infuse their lessons with new routines and teaching approaches that influence students to become better, more independent learners.
Getting to the Core of Literacy for History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, Grades 6–12, ed. , v.
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 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.
This book provides a guide for increasing and enhancing teaching quality through the power of educators learning together.
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 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.
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.
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.
This book aids teachers and administrators in understanding the critical elements and nuances of assessment data and how that information can best be used to inform improvement efforts in the school or district.
This book presents a thoughtful and practical approach to achieving breakthrough success with linguistically and culturally diverse students who struggle in school. Strategies for setting high expectations, providing access to the core curriculum, using assessment to inform instruction, attending to language development—both English and academic, and creating a supportive classroom climate are also discussed.
This book 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.
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 is an essential resource for the newly minted inclusion coach, including timelines, planning sheets, surveys, frameworks, curriculum examples, and other practical tools.
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 offers extensive case studies to explore how expert principals manage crises, navigate tough choices, and support school environments.
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.
Explains how the combination of the Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design frameworks can ensure all students are learning at maximum levels. Describes how a curriculum built on the goal of student understanding, integrated with instructional approaches that emphasize reaching every learner, can provide teachers with more specific teaching targets and more flexible ways to reach them.
Presents new and immediately applicable ways to integrate technology in the classroom, using tools and projects that support collaborative, student-centered learning.
This book introduces the powerful FIT Teaching Tool, which harnesses the FIT Teaching approach and presents a detailed continuum of growth and leadership.
This book provides a common core of knowledge and understanding about coaching to help educators design and develop effective coaching programs.
This book provides an overview of the reflective thinking and action-oriented steps necessary to launch a system of continuous professional learning, culture building, and program assessment that will allow differentiation to flourish in every classroom.
This book 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 text demonstrates how teachers can find support navigating the continual changes inherent in education through working with an instructional coach to think deeply about their work, set goals, and develop plans to meet those goals. It aims to deepen teachers’ understanding of the purpose of coaching, the teacher-coach relationship, and the responsibilities teachers and coaches have to each other.
This book lays out a plan of action that teachers can use to move underperforming students in the right direction and differentiate instruction for all learners -- even those who excel academically.
Provides educators with information on how to plan creative museum projects that target content standards and develop students' understanding of required subject matter.
This teacher-friendly guide offers everything needed to help students who are bored, frustrated, or under performing come alive to learning through the fundamental power of choice. It provides examples of choice in action, ideas to try with different students, and a step-by-step process to help plan and incorporate choice into your classroom.
Explores the research on learning and describes how teachers can work backwards from learning goals to ensure all students reach their maximum potential. Also describes how to extend this learning-driven approach beyond the classroom to ensure that teacher supervision and professional development programs emphasize learner outcomes.
In this book, educators will learn about integrating social learning at all grade levels using the popular educational social network, Edmodo. With tips and resources for both new and experienced users, it provides immediately adaptable strategies for incorporating Edmodo’s suite of tools and apps in their classrooms. Learn how to leverage Edmodo for assessment, project-based learning, flipped classroom, gamification and more.
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.
Offering rich examples and ready-to-implement activities, the book describes how to develop creativity by establishing a creativity-friendly learning environment; weaving maker, STEAM, robotics and gaming into instruction; encouraging motivation, entrepreneurship, curiosity and play; and using technology tools and resources to support student creativity.
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.
Provides educators with information that will ensure that state standards lead to higher student achievement. Describes how to sequence content and set up grading scales that help facilitate formative assessment and effective instruction. Provides steps for converting standards into guidelines that are more useful to classroom teachers.
This book provides a compelling vision for teacher growth that encourages and supports instructional expertise, along with nearly three dozen step-by-step protocols for working with teachers. These protocols present a powerful rationale for re-conceptualizing teacher evaluation by creating a balanced system of three equally important components: Reliable and valid evaluation, empowering and focused supervision, and meaningful and purposeful reflection.
This book identifies seven of the most prevalent classroom management misconceptions, discusses the tried-but-not-so-true practices that result from them, and offers positive, research-based alternatives that take into account how students learn today.
Discusses some of the most powerful cultural differences that can lead to classroom conflict for many students and how educators can capitalize on these differences to make their classroom a harmonious, productive environment.
Provides an approach to classroom management that deals with accepting teenage students as they are and recognizing what they need: a connection with the curriculum; a sense of order; and most essentially, a sense that someone cares.
This book 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 shows teachers how to integrate the tech-related language found within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their everyday curriculum. It outlines the CCSS standards for grades K-2 and informs teachers how to reach them through classroom-tested lesson examples that harness a robust list of software, websites, and apps, and includes lesson ideas by subject area (math, science, social studies, and ELA).
This book shows teachers how to integrate the tech-related language found within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their everyday curriculum. It outlines the CCSS standards for grades 6-8 and informs teachers how to reach them through classroom-tested lesson examples that harness a robust list of software, websites, and apps, and includes lesson ideas by subject area (math, science, social studies, and ELA).
This book shows teachers how to integrate the tech-related language found within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their everyday curriculum. It outlines the CCSS standards for grades 3-5 and informs teachers how to reach them through classroom-tested lesson examples that harness a robust list of software, websites, and apps, and includes lesson ideas by subject area (math, science, social studies, and ELA).
This book shows teachers how to integrate the tech-related language found within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their everyday curriculum. It outlines the CCSS standards for grades 9-12 and informs teachers how to reach them through classroom-tested lesson examples that harness a robust list of software, websites, and apps, and includes lesson ideas by subject area (math, science, social studies, and ELA).
This book guides readers through the aspects of human memory most relevant to classroom teachers. Real classroom examples help to develop an understanding of how memory systems play a central role in the learning process, as well as how culture plays a role in memory formation and use.
Describes how educators can collaborate with others to reverse poor motivation, reward student success, and realize higher achievement in even the most challenged school districts.
This book explores how one of the most fundamental instructional strategies—questioning—can provide the proper scaffolding to deepen student thinking, understanding, and application of knowledge.
This collection of articles includes tips and strategies, reflections on the profession as a whole, and descriptions of practices that can make the teaching experience more effective and more rewarding.
This collection of articles covers what research says about the teaching of both reading and reading comprehension—from teaching phonics to improving fluency to tackling complex texts. It offers strategies for teaching informational texts as well as fiction. Most important, it also addresses how to inspire the love of reading.
This collection of articles pulls together some of the best pieces on formative assessment and feedback that will help educators understand how to best use the data they have at their fingertips.
This collection of articles brings together fifteen insightful and passionate pieces that will help you better understand how poverty affects learning and what educators can do to make a positive difference for each learner every day.
This guide shows how to unite and energize your team as never before, while helping your students to love learning and crave achievement.
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 explains how to develop a collaborative, learning-focused culture and build trust among colleagues; offers strategies for participating in difficult conversations that yield useful feedback; clarifies how to develop, sustain, and evaluate peer coaching efforts; and showcases exemplary peer coaching practices used in real schools.
Discusses the six most pervasive problem areas in high school education today, and what schools are doing to connect with students, personalize learning, differentiate instruction, and make high school curriculum more relevant.
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.
Provides school principals with information on how to keep on top of the human relationships and dynamics at work in their schools.
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.
Focuses on cultivating teacher qualities that are most apt to raise student achievement. Establishes definitive benchmarks for top-flight teacher education and professional development programs. This approach also includes teachers who work with at-risk and high-ability students.
This work presents and analyzes the DNA of productive discussions—teacher-guided, small-group, and student-driven. It provides an in-depth exploration of questioning as the beating heart of thoughtful discussions as important components of classroom instruction that work in tandem to push learning forward and move students from passive participants to active meaning-makers.
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.
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 offers time-tested advice on how to develop a schoolwide learning culture that leads to more effective reading and writing across the curriculum.
This text explains the four keys to real engagement: clarity, context, challenge, and culture. The strategies provided for improving classroom assignments, assessments, and environments will help teachers create learning experiences that are rigorous, meaningful, and rewarding for their students and themselves.
In this book, teachers will learn why students need to be able to identify and solve authentic, project-worthy problems in their own communities and beyond; how to connect with real-world experts, allies, and audiences; and what practical, field-tested strategies are essential for planning, assessing, and using technology to support successful projects.
Explores the essential elements of a teacher leader framework that promotes deep implementation of effective teaching practices. Provides practical ways to support networks of teacher leaders at the school, district, and state levels.
Explores how to enhance students' memory and test-taking abilities, based on brain research. Provides ways to captivate and hold students' attention and encourage their participation and progress.
This book guides the reader through the process and steps of online research. It offers practical ideas and insights to share with students at varying grade levels.
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.
Discusses how schools can exceed expectations, swiftly reduce achievement gaps, and enhance the lifetime learning of all students. Describes simple actions that can swiftly and substantially improve education and provides a set of structures and practices for improving instruction in any school.
This book describes four broad supports crucial to helping early-career teachers succeed and stay in the profession: comprehensive induction programs, supportive administrators, skilled mentors, and helpful colleagues. It offers practical, research-based strategies to help leaders provide these supports and create a culture of collaboration across the school.
This book will show all educators how standards-based grading can authentically reflect student progress and learning—and significantly improve both teaching and learning.
In this book, teachers of all subjects will learn why badges work and the secrets to designing challenges that enable students to fully engage with and take control of their own learning. Complete with step-by-step planning advice, tips on implementation and technology, and support from examples and success stories, this book will get teachers thinking differently about motivation and achievement and will prepare them to embark on their own badging initiatives.
This text shows K-12 school leaders how to support STEM programs that excite students and teachers—even if the leader is not an expert in science, technology, engineering, or math.
This book explains the most important aspects of school climate and how we can make positive changes in our schools. It discusses how to engage students and school stakeholders; how to empower staff and students and foster autonomy so people take ownership of their ideas and the learning process; how to promote inclusivity and equity throughout the school; and how to create a welcoming, cooperative, and safe school environment that nurtures students’ social-emotional needs.
This book offers tools, strategies, and advice for defining, assessing, and ultimately transforming your school's culture into one that is positive, forward-looking, and actively working to enrich students’ lives.
Explains critical leadership principles that every administrator needs to know including how school leaders can increase student achievement and which leadership practices have the biggest impact on school effectiveness.
Describes how to start with the school's mission and goals and develop a powerful school improvement plan focused on desired results. Explains how to use Understanding by Design's backward-design process to determine the evidence for the plan's success and to plan improvement steps in instruction and leadership roles. Provides action ideas for starting the school improvement process and keeping it going.
This book guides educators, administrators and IT staff through a step-by-step process for creating a districtwide blueprint for keeping students safe online while maintaining an appropriate level of security.
This book take readers through the step-by-step process of how to create, implement, and assess project based learning (PBL) using a classroom-tested framework. Also included are chapters for school leaders on implementing PBL system wide and the use of PBL in informal settings.
In this book, the authors identify and describe the 25 most common problems in curriculum unit design and recommend how to fix them—and avoid them when planning new units.
This book explores and explains research related to creativity and its relevance in today’s standards-based, critical thinking-focused classroom.
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 text offers simple, proven tactics to help manage the stresses of being a classroom teacher. Tactics discussed include employing healthy practices that positively affect mindset; identifying and using one’s ideal professional pace; exploiting intrinsic preferences for how to get work done; and making food and exercise choices that will better fuel the mind and body.
In addition to providing a discussion framework that requires students to think deeply and communicate effectively, this text includes advice for teachers on how to cultivate and evaluate effective student-led discussions about literary and informational material; establish core instructional elements that students need in order to engage in rich discussions about content; and understand their role as teacher when students are leading their own discussions.
Explores numerous summarization strategies, including all of the steps and examples educators need to start using summarization to improve students' comprehension and boost their long-term memory.
Provides information on how to transform a supervisory system into a performance-based model that connects to student achievement and teacher professional development.
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.
Provides a leadership plan and action steps that will build on students' literacy skills and intervene with students who falter. Includes strategies to integrate literacy and learning across the content areas; support structures that involve teachers, administrators, parents, and community members in your literacy program; and examples of school environments that sustain literacy development.
This book presents the groundbreaking results of the Institute's half-decade of research, development, and practice: a simple but powerful model for personalizing students' learning experiences by building their levels of commitment, ownership, and independence.
This book provides tools to assess your current self-reflective tendencies, identify opportunities to reflect on your instruction, and begin to forge a path toward continuous growth and educational excellence.
Provides a foundation for developing and supporting highly committed teacher leaders. Including advice for administrators and practical tips for experienced and aspiring teacher leaders, this book presents a clear plan for ensuring that teacher leadership is a powerful force for school improvement.
This book demonstrates how to build productive teams and intentionally create an environment of professional engagement in your school by utilizing these four steps: establishing guidelines and protocols, managing and resolving conflicts, refining decision-making skills, and building team capacity.
Explains how proven coaching strategies can help teachers inspire students and boost their performance in any subject and grade level. Discusses why a coaching environment creates more student motivation and higher engagement, and provides the strategies and techniques that winning coaches use to help groups and individuals work more productively, overcome difficulties, and achieve meaningful and measurable goals.
This book 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 explains how teachers can use reflection to help students decipher their own learning needs and engage in deep, thought-provoking discourse about progress.
This book shows how teachers can more purposefully integrate technology into instruction to facilitate the practice and mastery of each of the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) along with other learning objectives.
This book presents an approach aligned to the six Common Core anchor standards for speaking and listening, and is focused on preparing students for 21st century communication inside and beyond the classroom.
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,
Explores how to improve student achievement and create a more effective classroom by applying brain research to teaching. Includes insights on how students are wired for learning and how their learning behaviors change as they mature.
This publication walks the educator through six technology-rich, customizable projects aligned to Common Core and ISTE Standards.
The book is filled with a collection of literacy tools, such as virtual book clubs, video and animated book talks, and writer’s wikis, as well as strategies for leveraging these resources in class. Educators at all levels can use the resources and instructional methods in this book to boost digital literacy for all students.
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.
Presents a model for ensuring quality teaching that balances the necessity of research-based data with the equally vital need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of individual students.
This book merges the idea of teamwork with the concept of an artisan-apprentice relationship; when newer members of the profession work alongside experts ("artisans"). Over time, the apprentices become artisans themselves and in turn share the art and craft of teaching with newer teachers.
Explores learning settings, pedagogical tools, and instructional approaches that any school can adopt to inspire students of all ages to discover their passion for learning.
This book 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 text shows teachers how to examine student assessment results for purposes of identifying targeted curricular or skill areas for individual intervention or large-group instructional revision; how to develop, implement, and assess the effectiveness of the intervention or revision; and how to develop an action plan for future instructional cycles.
Explains instructional approaches that meet the needs and interests of every student. Includes principles that guide a differentiated classroom; instructional strategies that make it easier to provide multiple learning paths for students; practical ways to give students options about how they learn required curriculum; and steps to get started with differentiation or take it to a higher level.
Includes common misconceptions about differentiation; nonnegotiables that are essential to the implementation of differentiated instruction; factors that contribute to failure to change classroom practice; leadership lessons for accomplishing the change process; tools for monitoring and evaluating the change toward differentiation; and characteristics of staff development practices that support differentiated instruction.
Explores how educators are tackling major challenges in math education including: emphasizing algebraic thinking, problem solving, and communication; connecting math activities to larger purposes and everyday experiences; differentiating instruction based on students' learning styles, interests, and readiness levels; and helping teachers use classroom assessment to guide instruction.
Provides program ideas and practices that will prepare school science programs for stricter new learning objectives and performance goals.
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.
Contains strategies for a successful literacy coaching initiative including: roles and responsibilities of literacy coaches; keys to building positive collaboration among literacy coaches, support staff, and faculty members; fundamentals of adult learning that apply in a coaching relationship; ideas to help you monitor the effectiveness of your initiative; and ways to communicate effectively to students and fellow teachers.
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.
Discusses the importance of educators connecting themselves and their classrooms to the world, what emerging education leadership styles are shifting pedagogy, the essential benefits of embedding online global collaboration into the curriculum, simple steps that educators in the classroom can take to become more globally minded and start to change their practice, and how emerging digital technologies are supporting this move to online global learning and collaboration.
In this book, the author introduces the Teacher Intentionality Practice Scale (TIPS), a framework for both supporting and measuring effective teaching. Taken together, the framework's seven TIPs provide a research-based, classroom-tested guide to help teachers create coherent, connected lessons.
Provides school leadership actions and guideposts that will lead to higher student achievement.
This book explores an approach to teaching and learning that improves student motivation, knowledge acquisition, retention, and academic success.
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.
Offers focused, daily writing sessions that provide students with consistent, long-term engagement, teaching them to be more fluent in their writing. The author outlines this process and also describes what it looks like in the classroom, explains how to assess student work, and highlights several inspirations that motivate students to write.
This book 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 guides motivated school leaders through 50 self-reflection exercises designed to yield a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the work that they do.
This book explores the definition of leadership and including clear targets that support the ongoing growth and development of leaders. It enables principals to learn to capitalize on their leadership roles as visionary, instructional leader, engager, and learner and collaborator. It also offers 17 criteria of effective practice that allow leaders to focus on behaviors that have the greatest direct effect on the culture and status of learning and teaching.
This book offers simple but effective strategies for dealing with a variety of thorny situations that most teachers will face in their careers. These strategies will help to communicate tactfully but forthrightly with administrators, colleagues, and students whose actions interfere with the ability to do the job properly; confidently and convincingly express thoughts and expectations to all stakeholders; and increase influence with coworkers, students, and parents.
This guide shows new and transitioning School Improvement Specialist (SIS) professionals in applying high-leverage practices that result in systemic, sustainable, school-wide improvement.
Provides teaching strategies for every grade and subject, with dozens of variations and steps and examples for how to implement them. Instructs teachers on how to choose the right strategy, matching strategy to instructional objectives.
This book takes readers on a reflective journey designed to reignite their passion for teaching. It provides teachers with ideas for strengthening student success in the classroom at all times and under all circumstances.
Provides a systematic structure and steps for conducting teacher interviews at district and school levels.
This book explains how and why leaders should use technology and outlines what should be in every leader’s digital toolkit.
This text provides more than a dozen strategies for teachers to break down tasks into doable pieces, touch each paper or e-mail communication only once, learn when to say no, and use time-management apps to zip through reams of paperwork. Using these strategies, teachers will be able to drastically reduce the time spent planning lessons, assessing students, keeping records, and communicating with parents.
This book provides 3rd through 12th grade teachers with more than 50 teacher-tested tools and techniques for helping their students read independently and critically. It offers practical and effective ways for teachers to help students develop the critical reading habits that open up new ways of understanding and contributing to their worlds.
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.
Provides a framework for good design--of curriculum, assessment, and instruction--focused on developing and deepening understanding of important ideas. Explains how educators can design learning experiences that make it much more likely that students understand content and apply it in meaningful ways.
This book offers concrete ways to identify student strengths and then build on them in your classroom or school throughout the year.
Presents new educational tools that support research-based instruction, and learn new ways to use educational technologies, such as word processing and spreadsheet applications, multimedia, data collection tools, communication software, and the Internet.
This book explains a new and effective approach to teaching vocabulary that calls for exploration, discovery, and playing with words. Ten-minute exercises include advice on how to focus short lessons so that students are fully engaged, teaching tips that help ensure new words stick, and a varied selection of novel strategies for teaching new words to students.
This book explores the fundamental premise that strong teaching is at the heart of educational quality and that we all benefit from understanding the practices and professional thinking of exemplary teachers. The authors set out to discover which beliefs and strategies of effective teachers can cross the cultural divide and help students in each nation make breakthrough advances.
Provides information for schools and teachers on how to improve student achievement. Discusses which instructional strategies really work; why data is a critical component to school improvement; how important collegiality and professional development are; and what types of parental and community involvement make a difference.
This book 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 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.
Explains what formative assessment really is, and how to use this approach to improve teaching, learning, classroom climate, teacher professional development, and school performance.