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It's no secret that in today’s complex world, students face unparalleled demands as they prepare for college, careers, and active citizenship. However, those demands won’t be met without a fundamental shift from traditional, teacher-centered instruction toward innovative, student-centered teaching and learning. For schools ready to make such a shift, project-based learning (PBL) offers a proven framework to help students be better equipped to tackle future challenges.
Project-based teachers encourage active questioning, curiosity, and peer learning; create learning environments in which every student has a voice; and have a mastery of content but are also comfortable responding to students’ questions by saying, “I don’t know. Let’s find out together.” In this book, Suzie Boss and John Larmer build on the framework for gold standard PBL originally presented in Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning and explore the seven practices integral to project-based teaching:
For each practice, the authors present a wide range of practical strategies and include teachers’ reflections about and suggestions from their classroom experiences. This book and a related series of free videos provide a detailed look at what's happening in PBL classrooms from the perspective of the project-based teacher. Let’s find out together.
(ASCD Premium, Select, and Institutional Plus Member book copublished with Buck Institute for Education, 2018) 6" x 9", 205 pages
This laminated guide from Eric Jensen discusses how poverty affects students and the best teaching strategies, guidelines, and action steps to meet the differing needs of this population.
Good ideas, the best intentions, and a stirring vision aren’t enough to effect change in schools. Unstuck offers a road map to help schools change from the inside out instead of the top down. Inside-out approaches are designed to encourage schools to become more innovative and entrepreneurial, finding better ways to help students learn and pursue their own intellectual passions and talents—while also maintaining a healthy skepticism and reliance on data to make sure new approaches and ideas are working.
In this informative and comprehensive guide, school safety experts Amy Klinger and Amanda Klinger offer significant--and sometimes surprising--statistics on school safety, dispel common misunderstandings, and provide school leaders with the specific information they need to prepare for and effectively respond to natural disasters, accidents, or violent events.
The pressure is on. Principals, expected to improve math performance at their schools, often don’t know where to begin—as they may be uncomfortable with math themselves or believe that their schools are already doing all that they can. How can K–12 school leaders recognize and ensure that their school or district is supporting good math instruction? Drawing on their vast experience working with administrators, Small and Duff answer that and other questions and provide practical advice and helpful tools for improving math instruction.