New and Better Schools

Author: Michael Q. McShane
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1475814399
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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If school choice policy is to improve the American education landscape, careful thought must be put in to understand how it can expand existing high quality schools and create new high quality schools to serve more children. New and Better Schools attacks this problem from the perspective of both researchers and practitioners, documenting the hurdles entrepreneurial school leaders face and offering a way forward.

Getting to Excellent

Author: Judith A. Langer
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807744727
Format: PDF
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Getting to Excellent is for everyone, educators, parents, civic leaders, who want students to think sharply, like learning, and have the high literacy skills that will open the path to success in school, work, and life. Using data from her groundbreaking study of diverse middle and high schools, Judith Langer shows us what makes the difference between highly effective schools and typical, business-as-usual schools. This very accessible volume: Provides research-based guidance from schools in California, Florida, New York, and Texas, four states with diverse students and different testing demands. Features many examples of schools in action, identifying particular features that are present in effective schools but don't exist in others. Examines the extent to which teachers and administrators are affected by the larger environment, leading to professional growth or malaise. Includes models for providing rich and exciting learning environments that undergird success for all students. Includes self-inspection checklists to help administrators, teachers, and others place their own school, on the continuum from "typical" to "excellent," and identify areas that need improvement.

Inventing Better Schools

Author: Phillip C. Schlechty
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780787959067
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Schlechty shows both educators and parents how to envision reform and design quality educational systems. He explains how the visioning process must be rooted in real shared beliefs, how mission statements must unpack visions into concrete goals that are connected to action, and how the results of reform can be usefully assessed. Drawing on the author's vast experience in the day-to-day work of implementing school reform, Inventing Better Schools offers new approaches for setting standards and ensuring accountability--and includes samples of actual mission statements and strategic plans of successful school districts.

New and Better Schools

Author: Michael Q. McShane
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1475814399
Format: PDF, Mobi
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If school choice policy is to improve the American education landscape, careful thought must be put in to understand how it can expand existing high quality schools and create new high quality schools to serve more children. New and Better Schools attacks this problem from the perspective of both researchers and practitioners, documenting the hurdles entrepreneurial school leaders face and offering a way forward.

Building Trust for Better Schools

Author: Julie Reed Kochanek
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483361543
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Kochanek links the growth of trust with positive outcomes that benefit schools, such as increased participation, greater openness to innovations, boosts in parent outreach, and higher academic productivity.

Mobilizing Citizens for Better Schools

Author: Robert F. Sexton
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807744413
Format: PDF
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Tired of the complacent attitudes Kentucky politicians showed toward education, the Prichard Committee formed as an organization to galvanize the citizens of Kentucky to attack the state's historic educational deficits. The committee's campaigning helped prepare the way for the passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act in 1990 and continues to work for school reform today. Based on his wealth of experience and success with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Sexton provides invaluable guidance for citizens of all states who are interested in implementing school reform.

A School Leader s Guide to Excellence

Author: Carmen Fariña
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325011387
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Is something - no matter how big or small - holding your school back? If so, turn to Carmen Farina and Laura Kotch. In New York City they've transformed struggling schools into excellent schools and made good ones great. And in A School Leader's Guide to Excellence they'll show you a direct, detailed road to improving schoolwide achievement. Farina and Kotch present their ideas with step-by-step instructions, implementation and evaluation advice, artifacts of their own reform efforts, and all the modifiable forms and documents you'll need.

Teacher Research for Better Schools

Author: Marian M. Mohr
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807744178
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This book is about a group of experienced K-12 teachers who took teacher research to another level. Their story is not only about teacher working together to improve their own teaching, but also about how their research reverberated throughout their school system and inflluenced how their schools were run.

Learn Better

Author: Ulrich Boser
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 1623365260
Format: PDF, Docs
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For centuries, learning emphasized memorizing information: You were supposed to study facts, dates, and details, and burn them into your consciousness. But this approach to learning is outdated and contrary to how our brains really work. In Learn Better, writer and education researcher Ulrich Boser maps out the new science of learning, demonstrating how we can gain expertise in dramatically better ways. In this entertaining and engrossing book, Boser argues that learning is a skill, showing how techniques like self-questioning and thinking about thinking can create much deeper levels of understanding. Among the important findings and practical tips, Boser tells fascinating stories, like how Jackson Pollock came to his revolutionary drip painting method--and why an ancient counting device helps people gain superhuman math skills. This powerful book will revolutionize the way that you acquire mastery, with far-reaching implications for both you and society. But perhaps most importantly, you will be able to fully capitalize on your mind's remarkable ability to develop new skills.

Choosing Charters

Author: Joshua L. Glazer
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 080775899X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Do charter schools strengthen students' educational experience? What are their social costs? This volume brings together a group of premier researchers to address questions about the purposes of charter schools and the role of public policy in shaping the educational agenda. Chapter authors explore topics seldom encountered in the current charter school debate, such as the challenges faced by charter schools in guaranteeing students civil rights and other legal protections, the educational and social implications of current instructional programs designed specifically for low-income and minority students, the use of charters as school turnaround agents, and other issues that lie at the intersection of education, politics, and social pollicy. Readers across the political specturm, both supporters and critics of charter schools, can use this book to inform public policy about the ways in which charters affect diversity and inequality and the potential to devise policies that mitigate the most troublesome social cost of charter schools.