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What would make a good school even better and great schools the norm? School improvement expert Mike Schmoker answers that question and describes a sure and fast route to immensely better schools in any kind of community. Using research evidence, case studies, and anecdotes from all kinds of schools, this book identifies the most pervasive obstacles to school improvement:
Discover how your school can exceed expectations, swiftly reduce achievement gaps, and enhance the lifetime learning of all your students by concentrating on what really counts:
"A clear but simple agenda to achieve a transformation in American schools. This book should be required reading for everyone in educational leadership and anyone concerned about the quality of teaching and learning." -Richard Allington
"Mike Schmoker utilizes research, anecdotes, and real-world examples to suggest the specific, doable steps teachers, principals, and central office administrators can take to bring about dramatic gains in student achievement." -Richard DuFour
"Combining compelling case studies and overwhelming national evidence, Mike Schmoker's words will startle and provoke every educator, leader, staff developer, parent, and policy maker. Each of us must take to heart Schmoker's admonitions and his encouraging vision of the future."-Douglas Reeves
(ASCD Premium and Select Member book, 2006) 6" x 9", 194 pages. Also available as an e-book!
Improving classroom discussion begins with transforming the roles of students and teachers. This guide details crucial teaching practices to help students take a leading role in their learning. Filled with tips, strategies, and examples, this guide can show any teacher how to better help students speak and listen to one another in ways that help them make meaning and increase their understanding.