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Picture of the product7 Strategies for Improving Your School
7 Strategies for Improving Your School

Ronald Williamson, Barbara R. Blackburn

This book provides the busiest leaders with an accessible set of tools that can immediately be deployed to positively impact their school. Authors Ronald Williamson and Barbara R. Blackburn explore the COMPASS model—Culture; Ownership and Shared Vision; Managing Data; Professional Development; Advocacy; Shared Accountability; and Structures to Sustain Success—as an overall framework for school improvement. Chapters include in-depth discussions of easy-to-implement, useful strategies for improvement and address the most common concerns facing today’s school leaders. Supplemented with templates, charts, and other adaptable tools for ongoing, practical use, 7 Strategies for Improving Your School is your key guide to school improvement.

184 Pages | Pbk


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Picture of the productBarbara Blackburn Rigor 2 Pack
Barbara Blackburn Rigor 2 Pack :
Rigor and Assessment in the Classroom + Rigor and Differentiation in the Classroom

Barbara Blackburn

Exclusive 2 Pack Featuring Dr Blackburn's best selling titles "Rigor and Assessment in the Classroom" and "Rigor and Differentiation in the Classroom".

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Rigor and Differentiation in the Classroom

Learn how to differentiate instruction while maintaining a rigorous learning environment. In this practical book, rigor expert Barbara R. Blackburn shows that the differentiated classroom doesn’t mean extra work for top students and easy work for others; instead, you can have high expectations for all students and provide scaffolding so that everyone can reach success. She also addresses many of the greatest concerns teachers have about implementing differentiated instruction, including:

* How to manage your time so that you can create lessons, find resources, and grade assignments for students working at different levels;
* How to balance differentiated instruction and teaching standards;
* How to ensure rigor at all tiers of instruction;
* How to collaborate with teachers and other faculty members;
* How to differentiate homework and other out-of-class assignments;
* How to explain differentiated instruction to parents and families;
* And more…

Rigor and Assessment in the Classroom

Learn how to assess students in a way that truly impacts learning. In Rigor and Assessment in the Classroom, bestselling author Barbara R. Blackburn provides a broad range of practical strategies for increasing the rigor and usefulness of your formative and summative assessments. You’ll discover how to…

* Create an environment where students are expected to learn at high levels;
* Evaluate and check student learning in a way that ensures growth;
* Strengthen the validity and reliability of your assessments;
* Plan assessments in conjunction with planning the instruction;
* Differentiate assessments to increase the rigor for all students;
* Enhance the effectiveness of your grading system and feedback;
* Use performance-based assessment to enhance rigor; and
* Design clear, reader-friendly rubrics and scoring guides.


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Picture of the productBeing!
Being! : Five Ways Of Leading Authentically In An Iconnected World

Vikram Murthy, Aasha Murthy

The second decade of the new millennium has reinforced the calculus of limited and unpredictable business life spans, and demonstrated through many high-profile examples that a track record of sustained success, demonstrable franchise, valuable brand equity, happy customers, and a strong balance sheet are insufficient protection against market failure. The body of evidence and available empirical analyses make a compelling case that businesses have limited life spans because adaptiveness remains a fundamental problem for organisations. This is unfortunate given the significant benefits that business longevity has for all its stakeholders. Such longevity is predicated however on the speed and effectiveness of the business's engagement with its constantly changing environment - ; an abiding source of many of its existential challenges. Adaptive and resilient responses to the complex problems of relentless organisational renewal in prevailing conditions of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are the keys to demarcating the quick from the dead. Scholars and practitioners alike must rethink leadership, to conflate its doctrinal definitions, and extend them far beyond the domain's preoccupations with dominance, influence, and relationships. Unfamiliar challenges demand a novel response: leadership's futures mindset for zeitgeist adaptiveness. This book describes a new and augmented leadership repertoire for such a zeitgeist mindset. Its arguments are situated at the intersection of many disciplines; management, psychology, neuroscience, and intercultural learning. It draws on many traditions; social construction, contemplative practice, strength-based perspectives, experiential learning, and action science. It conceptualises leadership as a virtuous undertaking; five ways of being that incorporate practices and actions that lead to human flourishing.

528 Pages | Hbk


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Picture of the productClarity : What Matters Most in Learning, Teaching & Leading
Clarity : What Matters Most in Learning, Teaching & Leading

Lyn Sharratt w/forward by John Hattie & Introduction by Alma Harris


Co-Published by ACEL

Shared knowledge between educators breeds shared success in all systems and schools Comprehensive in scope, CLARITY illustrates how system and school leaders must come together to boost student achievement and build teacher capacity to learn, teach and lead. By emphasizing collaborative processes, Lyn Sharratt's detailed design demonstrates how shared knowledge, equity and expertise can make every classroom more impactful and every teacher more empowered. Readers will uncover these ‘Big Ideas': 14 essential Parameters to guide system and school leaders toward building powerful collaborative learning cultures Case studies, vignettes and firsthand accounts from gifted teachers and leaders bring important theories and practices to life From all points in the organization, a ‘line-of-sight' directly to students' FACES in every classroom to ensure continuous improvement Data-driven tasks and tools to tackle solutions needed in all facets of education With more than four decades of research, writing and practical experience in system, school, and classroom improvement, Sharratt provides a ‘why-and-how-to guide' to assist educators across the globe as they solve 21st century-created problems and identify the much-needed learning critical to the success of our future citizens.


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Coaching Conversations
Transforming Your School One Conversation at a Time

Linda M. Gross Cheliotes, Marceta F. Reilly

Being a successful school leader has become an increasingly complex role that demands not only tremendous craft knowledge and skills but also highly developed interpersonal skills. This revision of the perennial best seller, Coaching Conversations: Transforming Your School One Conversation at a Time provides a simple handbook for school leaders that will provide them with effective coaching conversational techniques that will engage and motivate the members of their school communities to work collaboratively toward total school transformation.

Both research and the extensive experiences of the authors suggest that a very effective and inexpensive strategy to provide support and motivate staff as the entire school community transforms, is through simple yet powerful coaching conversations between the school leader and staff.

Nature of Content: Coaching Conversations: Transforming Your School One Conversation at a Time is meant to provide school leaders at all levels with simple, practical, easily learned and applied coach-like conversational techniques that will lead to open and reflective conversations with all members of the school community. The authors will distinguish coaching conversations from supervisory and mentoring conversations. Although these other forms of interactions have legitimate places in the interactions which take place within the school community, coaching conversations have the unique power to change the ways in which people think and interact in a positive manner that shifts responsibility for instructional improvement from just the school leader to every member of the school community. Because everyone potentially shares in the transformation of the school, they also share in the celebration of successful changes.

128 Pages | Pbk


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Picture of the productCollective Efficacy: How Educators' Beliefs Impact Student L
Collective Efficacy: How Educators' Beliefs Impact Student Learning

by Jenni Donohoo

Collective Efficacy (CE), in the context of teachers and schools, is the simple idea that the efforts of the faculty, as a whole, will have a positive effect on students. This book is a research-based, albeit practical guide to promoting Collective Efficacy in schools -- the single most influential driver of student achievement. It contains practical strategies for strengthening, sustaining, and measuring Collective Teacher Efficacy and includes ideas for strengthening students' individual and collective efficacy. Each chapter includes case-like vignettes of what CE "looks like" when enacted across a school and contains powerful designs for professional learning that foster CE in schools. Jenni Donohoo's is a Visible Learning trainer whose work has earned praise from such luminaries as Michael Fullan, Doug Fisher, and Ann Lieberman.


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Picture of the productLeading Collaborative Learning
Leading Collaborative Learning: Empowering Excellence
by Lyn Sharratt and Beate Planche


Leadership, collaborative learning, and student achievement - discover what works! Today's improving school systems require educators who intentionally collaborate and co-learn in service of students to get expected results. This resource-rich book from experts Sharratt and Planche is a straightforward, strategic path to achieving sustainable communities of deep learners. Research-proven inquiry techniques, vignettes, case studies and practical action-oriented protocols help you build strong learning relationships for high-impact student achievement.

System leaders, principals and teachers learn to:
- Integrate diverse views and perspectives
- Build trust and hear every voice
- Leverage key resources and processes
- Build students’ cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills
- Use “Assessments-in-Action” to improve, monitor and sustain progress
-Build a collaborative culture through learning together

Use this go-to guide to transform your school from a place of ‘good intentions’ to a center of intentional practice today!


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Picture of the productLeading for Change Through Whole-School Social-Emotional
Leading for Change Through Whole-School Social-Emotional Learning :
Strategies to Build a Positive School Culture

Jennifer E Rogers

Develop and cultivate social-emotional learning to create a new school climate!

As research on the positive outcomes of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) are emerging, schools and districts across the country are adopting the practices and processes to improve student outcomes and teacher capacity. The real-world experiences and evidence-based strategies outlined in this book will guide implementation of a practical and sustainable social emotional learning program.

In addition to an integrated workbook readers will find:

* recommendations for steps with each strategy in an implementation rubric
* reflection questions to promote deeper thinking on SEL
* resources to explore at the end of each chapter

Industry Reviews

"School leaders are rarely provided with resources and support to implement large scale changes. Leading for Change Through Whole-School Social-Emotional Learning is written in a handbook format and provides educators with implementation strategies and evaluation tools to address school climate."
-- Carol Campbell, High School Principal, Grant High School

"Social-emotional learning is the new "it" topic, yet little is available on how to truly implement it in a practical way. This book is ideal for administrators trying to shift school culture as well as lead teachers."

-- Georgina Castilleja, Middle School Principal, Houston Independent School District

232 Pages | Pbk


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Picture of the productLyn Sharratt Complete Collection
Lyn Sharratt Complete Collection :
Exclusive 5 Book Set : Clarity + Putting Faces on the Data + Leading Collaborative Learning + Good to Great to innovate + Realization

Lyn Sharratt

Putting Faces on the Data :
Build the bridge from data collection to improved instruction Assessment data can bury you or give you focused attention on how to recognize and reach every student. This book will show how to develop a common language for sharing all students a progress with all teachers and leaders, and how to use ongoing assessment to inform instruction. Based on worldwide research of 500 educators, the book is organized around clear definitions of: Assessment Instruction Leadership Ownership Included are numerous self-assessment tools and frameworks to help implement improvement at the district and state levels. Improving education begins by understanding the needs and abilities of every student.

Clarity :
Shared knowledge between educators breeds shared success in all systems and schools Comprehensive in scope, CLARITY illustrates how system and school leaders must come together to boost student achievement and build teacher capacity to learn, teach and lead. By emphasizing collaborative processes, Lyn Sharratt's detailed design demonstrates how shared knowledge, equity and expertise can make every classroom more impactful and every teacher more empowered. Readers will uncover these ‘Big Ideas': 14 essential Parameters to guide system and school leaders toward building powerful collaborative learning cultures Case studies, vignettes and firsthand accounts from gifted teachers and leaders bring important theories and practices to life From all points in the organization, a ‘line-of-sight' directly to students' FACES in every classroom to ensure continuous improvement Data-driven tasks and tools to tackle solutions needed in all facets of education With more than four decades of research, writing and practical experience in system, school, and classroom improvement, Sharratt provides a ‘why-and-how-to guide' to assist educators across the globe as they solve 21st century-created problems and identify the much-needed learning critical to the success of our future citizens.

From Good to Great to Innovate

How can schools best prepare students for the highly competitive job market and global economy? This compelling book presents a transformative approach to college and career readiness within the public education system, based on data and best practices contributed by outstanding schools on five continents.

Written for education leaders at all levels, this resource shows how to

Design an innovative Pathways approach to career readiness that empowers students as informed decision-makers
Integrate career training into curriculum through a network of local community partners
Develop an approach to life-skill preparation, K-12+, that is inclusive of all.
Learn how educators-and entire school systems-can consistently support career development, helping students find rewarding paths forward.

Leading Collaborative Learning

Leadership, collaborative learning, and student achievement – discover what works!

This resource-rich book provides a straightforward, strategic path to achieving sustainable communities of collaborative learners. Research-proven inquiry techniques, vignettes, case studies and action-oriented protocols help you build strong learning relationships for high-impact student achievement.

System leaders, principals and teachers learn to:

* Integrate diverse views and perspectives
* Build trust and hear every voice
* Leverage key resources and processes
* Build students’ cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills
* Use “Assessments-in-Action” to improve, monitor and sustain progress
* Build a collaborative culture through learning together


Realization

A powerful approach to leading and sustaining districtwide change!

Districtwide performance improvement requires a focus on capacity building, empowering colleagues throughout the organization to move change forward. Written by an experienced administrator who accomplished districtwide improvement on the ground and an internationally recognized expert in large-scale education reform, this compelling book outlines a step-by-step approach to implementing lasting, positive change across an entire district.

This resource examines 13 research-based parameters for improving teacher and student performance, including advice on optimizing existing resources, and then introduces a 14th parameter—Realization—that goes beyond capacity building at the school and district level to systemwide change at the state level. Readers will find:
-A wealth of school-specific strategies that support effective assessment and instructional practices to improve students' fundamental academic skills
-''Do's'' and ''don'ts'' from real districtwide school improvement programs
-Guidance on implementing program assessment and establishing accountability

Help your district advance from vision to action to realization of student achievement!






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Picture of the productMeasuring Human Return
Measuring Human Return

Understand and Assess What Really Matters for Deeper Learning

Joanne J McEachen, Matthew Kane

Measure what matters for deeper learning

Discover what matters for your students and develop deeper learning outcomes that connect with their lives. How can you develop what matters without solid measurement? Follow this comprehensive, systematic process for assessing and measuring students’ self-understanding, knowledge, competencies, and connection through vignettes, case studies, learning experiences and tools.

Develop key system capabilities to build the foundation for sustainable engagement, measurement, and change
Discover five comprehensive “frames” for measuring deeper learning
Engage in the process of collaborative inquiry
Commit to the central, active role of learners by engaging them as active partners in every aspect of their learning

248 Pages | Pbk


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