Improving Your School One Week at a Time

Author: Jeffrey Zoul
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317925645
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book displays 37 “Friday Focus” memos, each of which provides insight into a specific aspect of teaching and learning for all to reflect on throughout the year. Friday Focus memos address the principal’s responsibility to shape the school culture, provide intellectual stimulation, and communicate effectively. The memos are organized around the school year and provide educators with a wide variety of insights into how to improve our schools. They are typically between 500–1,000 words in length and can be sent out via e-mail to each staff member – not only to the teachers but also secretaries, custodians, and cafeteria workers. A vehicle for school improvement, the Friday Focus memos provide a step-by-step plan for staff members and principals to work together as change agents for school improvement.

Building School Culture One Week at a Time

Author: Jeffrey Zoul
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317925319
Format: PDF, ePub
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Use Friday Focus memos to motivate and engage your staff every week, and help create a school culture focused on the growth of students and teachers. Easy to understand and implement, Friday Focus memos offer an effective and efficient way to improve student learning, staff development, and school culture from within. Written by educational consultant and former principal of two award-winning schools, Jeffrey Zoul, these memos focus on topics such as active learning, high expectations, gratitude, test preparation, and more. Zoul provides 37 teaching and learning memos, one for each week of the school year, for principals and other administrators to reproduce and circulate among their staff. Zoul prefaces each memo with stories from his experiences as a teacher, coach, and assistant principal in the K-12 levels. You can also write your own memos, with guidance on possible topics and teacher takeaways.

Cornerstones of Strong Schools

Author: Jeffrey Zoul
Publisher: Eye On Education
ISBN: 1596670681
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book describes the practices of principals who develop and maintain purposeful learning communities. It applies and extends nine of the leadership responsibilities identified in research conducted by Marzano, Waters, and McNulty in School Leadership That Works.

4 CORE Factors for School Success

Author: Jeffrey Zoul
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317927680
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book clarifies the core values which all great educators have in common and contribute to school success. For all those who want to create better schools, these factors are at the center of behaviors which lead to results. The 4 CORE Factors are Communication, Observation, Relationships, and Expectations.

Driven by Data

Author: Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470594384
Format: PDF
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Driven by Data offers valuable tips and general guidelines about data-based methods and the difficulties surrounding the implementation of data-driven instruction. Through a CD-ROM, this guidebook provides all the tools needed to launch data-driven instruction effectively, such as an implementation rubric, meeting agendas, calendars, assessment templates, and more. Written by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, who has worked with over 1,000 schools across the nation, the book clearly shows how to maneuver through assessments and statistics. Bambrick-Santoyo offers vital tips, such as: how to create a data culture, how to run a successful data analysis meeting, how to write quality assessments, and how to deal with resistance from your teachers. The book also includes twenty case studies of high-performing schools. School leaders will find this resource useful for achieving remarkable results and immense gains, regardless of the school's background, leader, or demographic. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Leading Professional Learning

Author: Thomas C. Murray
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483379949
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Expert strategies for personalized, 21st Century professional learning! Empower teachers to take ownership of their own professional learning. Recognized EdTech leaders Murray and Zoul guide you step-by-step through the process. Confidently learn to build a values-driven school culture, personalized professional roadmaps, and a collaboration-minded staff. You’ll find concrete examples, leadership profiles, and a wealth of resources to help administrators and teachers: Take ownership of their professional growth Design meaningful learning opportunities Collaborate and learn using technology, blogs, and social media Model and support professional learning for others Transform teacher learning and see your student achievement soar!

Educational Foundations

Author: Leslie Kaplan
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1285968298
Format: PDF, Mobi
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EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS, Second Edition, explains today's schools for those who are trying to picture themselves within the education profession. The book makes educational foundations topics relevant and personally meaningful to both young learners and mature adult learners-while also offering the comprehensive scope, scholarly depth, and conceptual analysis of contemporary issues that will help readers understand the field and transition smoothly into their career. This new edition includes a greater emphasis on InTASC and Common Core State Standards, and incorporates a number of new features that enable readers to gain a realistic and insightful perspective of the education profession. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Effective Leadership for School Improvement

Author: Alma Harris
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134700989
Format: PDF
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In a complex and multi-layered world, the conventional idea of great leadership being the result of the efforts of a single individual is rapidly becoming redundant. This book takes up the challenge of finding an alternative method of leadership in educational contexts, and looks at how this can help achieve sustained improvement in schools. The authors acknowledge that there are no simple solutions to school improvement. They argue that the effective leaders of the future will be those who are able to share responsibility, build positive relationships and offer stakeholders - teachers, parents and students - an opportunity to work together to improve their schools. The book is based around four key areas of concern: the changing context of leadership, leadership and school improvement, building leadership capacity, and future direction and implications. In each section, the authors discuss current theories and issues, and put forward alternative ideas and perspectives. This important book will make valuable reading for headteachers, principles, deputies and other senior teachers, particularly those undertaking leadership qualifications and training. It will also be of interest to postgraduate students and school governors.

Building a Better Teacher How Teaching Works and How to Teach It to Everyone

Author: Elizabeth Green
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393244156
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book "A must-read book for every American teacher and taxpayer." —Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World Launched with a hugely popular New York Times Magazine cover story, Building a Better Teacher sparked a national conversation about teacher quality and established Elizabeth Green as a leading voice in education. Green's fascinating and accessible narrative dispels the common myth of the "natural-born teacher" and introduces maverick educators exploring the science behind their art. Her dramatic account reveals that great teaching is not magic, but a skill—a skill that can be taught. Now with a new afterword that offers a guide on how to identify—and support—great teachers, this provocative and hopeful book "should be part of every new teacher’s education" (Washington Post).

Profound Improvement

Author: Coral Mitchell
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9789026516344
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This text positions the learning community as a vehicle for professional learning and school development. The learning community develops in response to building capacity in three domains: personal, interpersonal and organizational. In the personal domain, educators deconstruct and reconstruct their professional narratives to enhance student learning and professional practice.In the interpersonal domain, educators generate norms and values that foster experimentation and critical analysis of educational practice and that promote collective and individual learning. In the organizational domain, visible and invisible structures are constructed that enable community members to enact educational practices in support of profound improvement in teaching and learning. The book focuses on the life of educators as it relates to professional learning and growth. It is concerned with human growth and development, human cognition and affect and human interactions and actions in the context of a school community. It places at the centre of the discourse some of the less controlable aspects of professional development - the undercurrents of professional presuppositions and beliefs as well as the surface waves of professional knowledge and learning. From this perspective, building a learning community is a dynamic process that engages the individual, the group and the organization in embedded interdependencies and mutual influences.