This book is designed to offer practical applications on how partners can work together to implement the mission and goals of the PDS by providing ways that PDS partners can engage in a much deeper and more profound experience that results in a synergistic relationship. Joint involvement in application of practice takes each partner to a level far greater than traditional teacher education and professional development practices while creating a cooperative community of practice centered on teacher and student learning.
"A passionate call-to-action, an inspiring vision, and a practical guide…three seasoned education leaders in the 'establishment' lay out a compelling case for systemic changes to enable personalized education."
—Yong Zhao, PhD, Professor, University of Oregon; author of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World
"Creating school environments where students are 'leading their own learning' is a powerful focus of Personalizing 21st Century Education. This compelling yet practical book provides readers with the foundation and motivation to move personalized learning to the top of the agenda!"
—Mark Edwards, EdD, Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District
"Personalizing 21st Century Education highlights the need to move from differentiation to personalization in today's classrooms. Equitable opportunities to learn can be realized if we have the courage to dramatically reimagine teaching, assessment, and accountability. This book is a call to action for the dramatic paradigm shift we need in order to serve all learners well."
—Dr. Valerie Truesdale, Chief Technology, Personalization and Engagement Officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Teachers who know their content and strategies can open a virtual toolbox and take out what they need to help all students become successful. This revised and updated edition explains how educational leaders can design, deliver, and evaluate collaborative standards-based professional development, and contains:
Essential questions about high-quality professional development Information on creating the culture for a learning community Conditions and processes for professional development Suggestions on designing your own model Tools for evaluating and rethinking professional development and learning Strategies for deepening a leader’s impact on a standards-based system
Educators don’t need another “quick fix” that gives a temporary boost to school performance—they need comprehensive change that lasts. In this brief companion book to Getting Serious About the System: A Fieldbook for District and School Leaders, teachers and other stakeholders will see exactly where they fit in an effective system-wide process of change. They’ll also learn about:The research behind the successful Working Systematically approach The goals of the approach, which include addressing components and competencies at all levels A five-phase process for implementing change at the district, school, and classroom levels
Stakeholders identify a common moral purpose, create a culture of continuous improvement and commit to infusion of students in the learning in a learner improvement cycle. Common moral purpose is driven by beliefs and behaviors that support all learners to proficiency. These beliefs/behaviors include creating a school’s culture to be ready-to- change, trust one another to doubt current practices, and develop collective efficacy. This new culture supports the components of the learner improvement cycle (assessment, evaluation, planning, and learning) involving the learners in each step.
Updates include tools and processes to assist the readers in implementation. Directions, templates, and examples assist in realizing the future of public education. Public schools must awaken to a new reality.
Additional key features of this updated edition include:
Explore a new model that empowers learners in their educationEvolve through a developmental continua to becoming a personalized mastery systemDetermine the new skill and knowledge set needed to involve learnersUtilize tools and processes that will partner with learnersEnsure partnerships with learners through involvement in a new Learner Improvement CycleDiscover a methodology for inclusion of all stakeholdersHear the voices of stakeholders going through the processDiagnose school improvement through a gap analysis at the reader’s site
Transform your school using proven core curriculum practices
This practical guide provides step-by-step guidance for overcoming the barriers to adopting the Common Core State Standards and achieving equity and excellence for all students. An experienced teacher and principal, Cheryl Dunkle shows leaders how to lead implementation of the CCSS and continuous quality improvement in schools. This practical guide addresses these key issues and more:
Communicating the CCSS to teachers and parents and attaining their buy-in Transitioning schools and districts to align with the CCSS Determining which teaching and learning practices need to change Garnering resources and support for reforms
Included are professional learning resources such as guiding questions, an annotated bibliography, and a list of helpful references.
How can you measure student mastery of 21st century skills like creativity, problem solving, and use of technology? Laura Greenstein provides a framework and practical ideas for using authentic learning experiences and rigorous assessment strategies to engage today’s students. With numerous rubrics and checklists, a step-by-step model for developing your own classroom assessments, a lesson planning template, and sample completed lesson plans, this book discusses how to teach and assess:Thinking skills: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and metacognition Actions: communication, collaboration, digital and technological literacy Living skills: citizenship, global understanding, leadership, college and career readiness
School culture is the invisible thread woven throughout your school that defines everything from dress codes to student success. Packed with workable strategies and real-life stories of culture re-boots, this practical handbook for change shows you how to:Be the transformational leader your school needs to reinvigorate your school culture Establish a student-centered learning culture focused on student outcomes Engage teachers in culture-focused leadership teams to support teacher and student learning Get parents and community on-board to collaborate for student achievement Connect professional development and school culture for maximum results
Case Studies—encourage readers to reflect and actively engage with instructional leadership beliefs and practices.
Fieldworkand Extended Reflections—a range of inquiry activities provide students with opportunities to consider problems of practice related to the standard.
Strategies for Leaders—offers students practical and accessible ideas in order to transform their practice to address the complex challenges facing contemporary schools.
Theoretically grounded and research-based, this unique volume will help aspiring and current leaders to understand instructional leadership and help them to sustain strong curricular and instructional programs in their increasingly diverse schools and communities.