Dumb Ideas Won T Create Smart Kids

Author: Eric M. Hass
Editor: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 0807755532
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If you want to actually do something about providing excellent education for every child in America , this book is for you. Using insights from cognitive science, educational research, and the social sciences, the authors examine the compelling nature of four "dumb ideas" at the center of current education policy and practice: (1) simplifying knowledge helps students learn more and faster, (2) teaching and learning are a matter of proper transmission of good content, (3) homogenous environments ease learning, and (4) more standardized data and rigorous controls of our schooling will solve all our problems. The authors then present research that consistently shows why smart K - 12 education will not be achieved by current policies and practices, such as high-stakes standardized tests, homogenous grouping, and abbreviated teacher preparation. This lively book offers solutions for changing the harmful disconnect between our goals and the means we employ to get there, including key "smart ideas" and a set of how-to actions that will lead to great schools for every child.

Every Parent S Dilemma

Author: Don Berg
Editor: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1490743448
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Fact The required foundation for effective and efficient learning is well-being. Good News Children's psychological well-being is supported in K-12 schools that facilitate self-directed learning. Bad News The psychological well-being of children in mainstream K-12 schools is consistently diminished. Silver Lining This good news can transform the bad news. Why do K-12 schools that facilitate self-directed learning serve less than 5% of all students in the USA despite over 100 years of good results? The systematic growth of school models that support self-directed learning has been stunted by hidden barriers. The hidden barriers also prevent more mainstream schools from sustainably adapting their practices to become more nurturing. The barriers are based on a theory of education that is wrong. K-12 policy makers at every level can remove those barriers by making an explicit commitment to ensuring that the schools they oversee support well-being. This book includes the ""Resolution to Build on Well-Being to Achieve K-12 Equity"" which you can take to your favorite policy makers to advocate for the well-being of all students.

Supporting English Learners In The Classroom

Author: Eric M. Haas
Editor: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 0807759538
Size: 20,85 MB
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This resource offers educators evidence-based best practices to help them address the individual needs of English learners with academic challenges and those who have been referred for special education services. The authors include guidance and specific tools to help districts, schools, and classrooms use multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) and other interventions.

Fighting For Change In Your School How To Avoid Fads And Focus On Substance

Author: Harvey Alvy
Editor: ASCD
ISBN: 1416624139
Size: 16,45 MB
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In this indispensable book for K–12 leaders, Harvey Alvy offers a thoughtful roadmap and guidance to help educators select, implement, and assess school- or districtwide initiatives that actually work. The book is filled with a wealth of resources—action checklists, principles to guide educators, and in-depth questions and protocols—for engaging in collaborative professional development activities that strengthen teaching and learning practices and improve student achievement. Alvy discusses in detail the six "red flags" that educators confront daily and a set of countervailing strategies (six practical guidelines) to pursue meaningful reforms, initiatives, and innovations: Red Flags * The Narrative Trap * Overpromising and Overloading * Minimizing the Enormous Difficulty of Implementation * Eyes off the Prize * Historical Amnesia * The Business “Solution” Guidelines * Building a Collaborative Learning Community * Effectively Using Human, Fiscal, and Material Resources * Respecting the Change Process * Sustaining a Coherent School Mission and Vision * Embracing Timeless and Eclectic Teaching Practices * Championing and Empowering the Underserved Selecting and implementing reforms, initiatives, and practices wisely is key if we truly want the best for our students--and skipping the necessary planning and forethought can be catastrophic. Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance is the book every educator needs to ensure the former and prevent the latter. The time to address these challenges is now.

Women Teachers In Africa

Author: Nelly P. Stromquist
Editor: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1315412365
Size: 13,83 MB
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Through qualitative research methods, this book engages in a holistic understanding of cultural, economic, and institutional forces that interact to produce the underrepresentation of women as school teachers in four sub-Saharan African countries. Comparative case studies at the national level, using a common research design, show that teaching, despite being an attractive civil service job, offers low salaries and many challenges, especially when it takes place in rural areas. Combining professional duties with demanding family responsibilities further diminishes women’s ability to stay in the teaching profession. The studies in this book attempt to bridge research findings with policy by developing action plans in cooperation with ministries of education of the respective countries. Women Teachers in Africa will be of interest to academic researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students in the relevant fields, as well as development professionals, aid agency staff and education policy experts.

The Young Writer S Handbook

Author: Susan Jane Tchudi
Editor: Atheneum
ISBN:
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Suggests helpful procedures and approaches for the beginning writer in areas of interest such as the journal, letter writing, creative writing, school reports, topics and experiments, editing, and publishing.

Judge Spencer Dissents

Author: Henry Denker
Editor: William Morrow
ISBN:
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Judge Spencer, the senior member of his Federal Judicial District, known for his eccentric opinions and peculiar common sense, is considered obsolete by his younger colleagues, who, when pressing him to retire, find themselves outsmarted