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Picture of the product10 Perspectives on Innovation in Education
10 Perspectives on Innovation in Education : 1st Edition

Edited by Jimmy Casas, Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul

How do great educators bring about real change to make a difference in students’ lives? In this first volume of the Routledge Great Educators Series, 10 of education’s most inspiring thought-leaders come together to share their top suggestions you need right now to innovate in your school or classroom. You will gain fresh insights and practical strategies on these essential topics:

Personalizing professional learning (Jeffrey Zoul)
Promoting a positive school culture (Todd Whitaker)
Improving our hiring practices (Jimmy Casas)
Designing spaces that maximize learning (Thomas C. Murray)
Empowering students in their learning and assessments (Starr Sackstein)
Flipping the classroom to reach each student (Kirk Humphreys)
Positioning libraries as learning hubs (Shannon McClintock Miller)
Helping others embrace technology changes (Katrina Keene)
Developing personal, not just professional, skills (Dwight Carter)
Embracing each student's passions and strengths (LaVonna Roth)
Filled with inspiring stories throughout, the book will leave you feeling motivated to take risks and try new things in your own school or classroom. As the authors say, if we want to make a real difference, it’s not enough to do the things we do better; we must also do new and better things!

"Imagine you have the opportunity to learn from the most exciting, innovative and inspiring educators today…..all in one book! 10 Perspectives on Innovation in Education is an exciting project that brings today’s brightest educators together to share ideas, resources, and practices that can be tried tomorrow. Be ready to be engaged and inspired, and to innovative your practices tomorrow." — Jessica Cabeen, Principal, 2017 Minnesota Nationally Distinguished Principal, Author and Speaker

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Picture of the product12 Ways Your Child Can Get the Best Out of School
12 Ways Your Child Can Get the Best Out of School

Adrian Piccoli

A jargon-free guide to your child's education and how you can help them thrive at school.

For Australian children to achieve their full potential in a rapidly changing world, they need a high-quality education. However, experts and teachers can't do it alone. In fact, all the research shows that parents and carers have a big part to play.

In 12 Ways Your Child Can Get the Best Out of School, Professor Adrian Piccoli, Director of the Gonski Institute for Education and former NSW education minister, sets out clearly what you need to know to ensure your child receives the quality education they deserve. Jargon-free and easy to understand, this book will empower you with the knowledge and advice you need to make a difference, including:

* What to look for when choosing a school
* What questions to ask at parent-teacher interviews
* What is NAPLAN and does it matter
* Homework - why, why not, and how much
* Supporting children with special needs
* What does the ATAR really mean
* Setting high expectations and handling stress
* Managing screen time and the role of technology at school.

With clear and concise advice, case studies and more, 12 Ways Your Child Can Get the Best Out of School is for every parent and carer who wants to help their child flourish and do well. And, surely, that's all of us.

Pbk | 228 Pages

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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 product75 Ways to be a Better Teacher Tomorrow
75 Ways to Be a Better Teacher Tomorrow :
With Less Stress and Quick Success : 1st Edition

Annette Breaux, Todd Whitaker

Highly effective teachers have something in common: They do simple things extraordinarily well—simple, uncomplicated things on a daily basis. In this new book by bestselling authors and presenters Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker, you’ll learn the secrets of these tried-and-true techniques that will help to improve your teaching, your students’ learning, and your students’ behavior. Annette and Todd, who have years of experience working in schools across the globe, reveal 75 easily-implemented strategies that will improve teaching and instruction, classroom management, student motivation, student achievement, parent communication, and more--with no new programs! Each tip provides practical takeaways that can be used immediately and with remarkable success.

Annette Breaux (@AnnetteBreaux)is a well-known speaker and consultant in education today. She is a former classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, and Teacher Induction Coordinator. She has written several bestsellers including 101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors, Seven Simple Secrets: What the BEST Teachers Know and Do, and 50 Ways to Improve Student Behavior.

Todd Whitaker (@toddwhitaker) is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri. He is a leading presenter in the field of education and has written more than 50 books including the national bestsellers What Great Teachers Do Differently and Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher, co-written with Madeline Whitaker and Katherine Whitaker.

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Picture of the productA Mindset for Success: In Your Classroom and School
by Tony Swainston

In 'A Mindset for Success: In Your Classroom and School', Tony Swainston analyses how the ways in which schools currently conceptualise and measure success could be limiting students potential to achieve it.

It is critical for schools to move away from the many talent and IQ myths that presently exist and to stop categorising students in a way that damages their ability to grow and develop. Tony outlines key practical steps that can be taken in order to do just this, building instead a growth mindset culture in all classrooms and across schools.

A mindset for success can benefit everyone by giving more meaning to learning that, in turn, brings greater fulfilment for teachers and pupils. 'A Mindset for Success' illustrates how grit, resilience, determination and perseverance can be nurtured in every child, enabling them to take on the challenges of life and our changing world, which will lead them to greater academic success and personal happiness. By exploring the importance of emotional intelligence and student well-being, it offers a holistic view of the academic and social development of students.

Educators will no doubt be aware of the theory of fixed and growth mindsets. That success can be a self-fulfilling prophecy and that attitudes to, and beliefs about, learning and intelligence profoundly influence academic outcomes is well-established. But how do you actually apply this in order to transform learning in classrooms and the organisational culture in schools?

Drawing on ideas and research by Hattie, Dweck, Seligman, Goleman and Ericsson, amongst others, Tony outlines the latest thinking about mindsets and explores what schools can do to make a difference. Class teachers will find a plethora of techniques to get the best out of their learners, including strategies for coaching and deliberate practice, and affirmations to increase motivation and autonomy. For head teachers and senior leaders, there is advice about how to consistently involve all teachers, support staff and parents in order to have the greatest impact upon students mindsets.

A practical guide to changing mindsets in schools. Suitable for teachers and school leaders.

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Picture of the productAdaptive School
Robert J. Garmston and Bruce M. Wellman

This 3rd edition of the award winning Adaptive Schools Sourcebook provides both a theoretical and practical guide for groups and teams to develop and focus their collaborative energies to improve teaching practices and enhance student-learning outcomes.

In five sections: Becoming Adaptive, Collaboration Matters, Meetings are Teachers’ Work, Resources for Inquiry, and Conflict, Change and Community, the authors draw on decades of personal experiences in schools and research from multiple disciplines to present powerful tools and useful templates for structuring the work of productive professional communities in schools.

Readers will learn ways to develop and sustain the fundamental elements for enhancing social capital in schools: distinguishing between dialogue and discussion, establishing seven norms of collaboration, automating language patterns for inquiry and problem solving, facilitating groups and data teams, engaging in productive conflict, and building community. The book offers links to video clips demonstrating key skills, inventories for assessing groups, instruments for assessing personal skills, and a collection of over 150 meeting strategies and facilitator moves for engaging group members in productive interactions.

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Picture of the productAlma Harris Double Pack
Alma Harris Double Pack :
Teachers Leading Educational Reform +
Distributed Leadership Matters

Available for a Strictly Limited Time

Distributed Leadership Matters

Distributed leadership-engaging the many rather than the few in school improvement-has long been a promising theory. But it must be implemented effectively before educators and students can reap the rewards, including improved learner outcomes and stronger organizational performance.

Distributed Leadership Matters offers pragmatic approaches for realizing these benefits. First, Alma Harris shows why harnessing educators' collective expertise is an improvement strategy worth adopting. Then she details the collaborative processes that make it happen. Insights include:

How to translate the research on distributed leadership into tangible results for schools Methods for building the social capital necessary for sustainable institutional change How to distribute leadership widely and wisely through professional collaboration

This book is the educator's guide to improving the learning outcomes of young people, whatever their context and whatever it takes, supporting teachers to be the very best they can be and ensuring that collaborative learning with impact is achievable and sustainable.

Teachers Leading Educational Reform

Teachers Leading Educational Reform explores the ways in which teachers across the world are currently working together in professional learning communities (PLCs) to generate meaningful change and innovation in order to transform pedagogy and practice. By discussing how teachers can work collectively and collaboratively on the issues of learning and teaching that matter to them, it argues that through collective action and collaborative agency, teachers are leading educational reform.

By offering contemporary examples and perspectives on the practice, impact and sustainability of PLCs, this book takes a global, comparative view showing categorically that those educational systems that are performing well, and seek to perform well, are using PLCs as the infrastructure to support teacher-led improvement.

Split into three sections that look at the macro, meso and micro aspects of how far professional collaboration is building the capacity and capability for school and system improvement, this text asks the questions:

Is the PLC work authentic?

Is the PLC work being implemented at a superficial or deep level?

Is there evidence of a positive impact on students/teachers at the school/district/system level?

Is provision in place for sustaining the PLC work?

Teachers Leading Educational Reform illustrates how focused and purposeful professional collaboration is contributing to change and reform across the globe. It reinforces why teachers must be at the heart of the school reform processes as the drivers and architects of school transformation and change.

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Picture of the productAmplify Your Impact
Amplify Your Impact: Coaching Collaboration Teams in PLCs at Work

Tesha Ferriby Thomas, Michael J Mafoni, Susan Sparks-Many, Thomas Many, Rebecca DuFour

While much evidence has supported the significant impact professional learning communities (PLCs), collaboration and coaching each have on learning, few schools and districts have combined these concepts to shift the focus of their coaching from individual teachers to collaborative teams. But Amplify Your Impact: Coaching Collaborative Teams in PLCs at Work™ merges these three constructive concepts and presents F–12 coaches, administrators and teacher leaders with a framework that enhances collaborative efforts in PLCs and represents the next generation of best practices in teaching and coaching. Thomas W. Many, Michael J. Maffoni, Susan K. Sparks and Tesha Ferriby Thomas show how coaching teams collaboratively improves the productivity of traditional best practices in coaching, which address teachers individually. Using the latest research on coaching and collaboration, the authors present feasible steps leaders can take to adopt collaborative coaching methods, fortify their teacher teams and PLCs, and enhance teaching and learning.
Readers will:
gain anecdotal insights from teachers and empirical evidence from schools that confirm how coaching and refining collaborative teams can strengthen PLCs
use the pathways for coaching collaborative teams to reflect on the effectiveness of their instructional practices
learn how to develop and use a strategy implementation guide to map out team success
consider how coaches can operate as consultants, collaborators and coaches of reflective thinking
analyse coaching scenarios that illustrate how to turn ineffective team meetings into positively collaborative ones.

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Picture of the productAn Educator's Guide to Schoolwide Positive Behavioral ...
An Educator's Guide to Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Inteventions and Supports: Integrating All Three Tiers

by Jason E Harlacher

By implementing schoolwide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS), K-12 educators can create an encouraging, productive school culture.

This title introduces readers to the comprehensive SWPBIS framework and explores the key elements of its three tiers of support. Learn about the authors' personal experiences in applying positive behavior support strategies and explore practical examples of what the elements and tiers of this model look like in practice.

Learn how to implement PBIS strategies in schools:

- Understand the structure of the SWPBIS framework and its four key elements.
- Read testimonials from principals and teachers whose schools have created positive school climates using a positive behavior support plan.
- Learn why decision making in an SWPBIS framework relies on data and how school teams can ensure they use their data accurately to target suitable solutions.
- Gain specific steps and a general timeline you can use to start implementing SWPBIS.
- Examine example scenarios and two thorough case examples of how elementary and secondary schools have adopted and maintained SWPBIS structures.

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Chapter 2: Tier One
Chapter 3: Tier Two
Chapter 4: Tier Three
Chapter 5: SWPBIS Into Action
Chapter 6: Case Examples of Schools Using SWPBIS
Appendix A
Appendix B
References and Resources

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Picture of the productArchitecture of School Improvement: Lessons Learned
by Joseph Murphy

Sound bites of wisdom for successful school improvement

From the opening pages, readers know The Architecture for School Improvement: Lessons Learned is no ordinary how-to manual. Joseph F Murphy, a leading researcher in educational leadership, infuses experiences from his 35-year career and humour into oft-debated and polarising theories of school improvement.

Reading like a collection of daily reflections, this book over 70 short, digestible lessons with themes such as:

•Prevention trumps remediation
• Context always matters
•School improvement is about layering small gains

School leaders, teachers, and improvement-minded audiences will find wisdom about school change in clear, readily accessible lessons. Discover what works, what doesn’t and what matters most in the world of high-stakes testing and accountability!

This gold mine of wisdom from top education researcher and best-selling author of Turning Around Failing Schools and Connecting Teacher Leadership and School Improvement contains key tips and strategies every school leader should know about School Improvement. Award-winning professor and former school administrator, Joseph F. Murphy’s concise and instructive lessons will help school leaders stay focused on what matters most as they navigate the hectic world of high-stakes testing and accountability:

- It really is all about the kids
- Optimism is essential
- Caring counts a lot
- Don’t confuse excuses and explanations

Each lesson is coupled with context in a few sentences taken from Murphy’s extensive real-world experiences. This collection is ideal for use in daily reflections, speeches, staff meetings, presentations, or as a guide to boosting student achievement.

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