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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 product100 Day Leaders
100-Day Leaders :
Turning Short-Term Wins Into Long-Term Success in Schools (a 100-Day Action Plan for Meaningful School Improvement)

Douglas Reeves, Robert Eaker
Foreward by Michael Fullan
Within 100 days, schools have dramatically increased student achievement, transformed faculty morale and school culture, reduced discipline issues, and much more. Begin leading focused, meaningful change in your own school with the support of 100-Day Leaders by Douglas Reeves and Robert Eaker. Using this book to guide your school improvement plan, you will learn how to achieve a series of short-term wins that combine to form long-term success.

Begin a 100-day action plan for educational leadership to effect significant school improvement:

Become familiar with the 100-day leadership plan and the six stages of implementation.
Understand the importance of a collaborative culture in creating strong leadership in schools.
Develop an understanding of high-leverage leadership techniques and strategic planning.
Study the personality traits and leadership qualities that support successful change management and school improvement.
Access reproducible rubrics that can be used to measure progress of the 100-day leadership action plan and your school leadership development.
Contents:

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Foreword
Introduction: Why One Hundred Days?

Part 1: Exploring 100-Day Leadership
Chapter 1: Why Before How
Chapter 2: The Six Steps of 100-Day Leadership
Chapter 3: The 100-Day Leader in Action

Part 2: Creating the Environment for Success
Chapter 4: A Strong Foundation
Chapter 5: How to Begin From Within

Appendix
References and Resources
Index


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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 productAction Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators
Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators 6ed

Craig A. Mertler
SAGE Publications, Inc

Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators introduces both novice and experienced practicing educators to the process of designing and conducting classroom-based action research in order to make their instructional practices more effective. This practical text focuses on the research methods and procedures that educators can use in their everyday instructional practices, classroom activities, and school procedures. Using over 20 years of teaching experience, author Craig A. Mertler provides insightful coverage of the knowledge and skills needed to design research studies, conduct research, and communicate findings to relevant stakeholders.

PBK | 360 Pages | FP


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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 productAdaptive Schools Foundation Seminar Guide
Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar Learning Guide : Third Revised Edition

Bruce Wellman, Robert Garmston

For schools to effectively respond to the press for accountability and provide quality learning for all students, they must simultaneously address two perennial goals. One goal is the professional development of individual educators. The second is the development of the organisation’s capacity to learn and be adaptive. Both build the capacity for school improvement, without which reform efforts will fail.


This Learning Guide is intended as a resource to be used in the Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar, and in follow up sessions. The Learning Guide is organised generally in the chronological sequence of a seminar.


The Guide is based upon the previous five editions of the Adaptive Schools Syllabus, created by Robert Garmston and Bruce Wellman. The Learning Guide is grounded in the text, The Adaptive School: A Sourcebook for Developing Collaborative Groups, and cross-references to the Sourcebook are made throughout this Guide.


In addition to matching the Learning Guide’s contents to the flow of seminar days, this Learning Guide provides ample space for your notetaking and journalling. The purpose is to make this work your own, adapting it to your own work environments.


Designed to support administrators, teachers, department and regional personnel and staff developers who convene and manage professional learning teams and leadership teams.


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

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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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