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(E-Book) Growth Mindset

NEW RELEASE! This detailed guide to growth mindset features a collection of Education Week reporting and commentaries on: personalized learning, social-emotional learning programs, how to nurture growth mindsets in the classroom, creating classroom opportunities for meaningful struggle, and misunderstanding about the growth mindset. (August 16, 2016)

(E-Book) The Charter School Movement: 25 Years in the Making

NEW RELEASE! In this comprehensive guide to charter schools, Education Week details their impact on: public education, school choice initiatives, student achievement, accountability systems, special education students, English-Language Learners, and equity and integration. (June 28, 2016)

(E-Book) Inside the Every Student Succeeds Act: The New Federal k-12 Law

NEW RELEASE! In this essential guide to the Every Student Succeeds Act, Education Week explains what the law will mean for: accountability and testing, teacher quality, early-childhood education, special education, academic standards including the Common Core, English-Language Learners, and teacher evaluation. (April 1, 2016)

A Guide to Twenty-One Trends for the 21st Century: Out of the Trenches and Into the Future

NEW RELEASE! This energizing book from noted scholar and futurist Gary Marx offers essential takeaways from groundbreaking original research on the future direction of education. Providing resources for professional development and strategic planning, the Guide proves a valuable tool for educators to prepare students and schools for the most important trends reshaping society today. (January 16, 2015)

Twenty-One Trends for the 21st Century: Out of the Trenches and Into the Future

ORDER NOW! Author Gary Marx gets to the root of the most important trends reshaping society today in Twenty-One Trends for the 21st Century. This go-to guide examines shifting demographics, constantly emerging technologies, environmental challenges, and more, offering a deeper understanding of these dynamics to prepare tomorrow’s leaders for what comes next. (March 6, 2014)

(E-Book) Improving Instruction: Using What We Know About Good Teaching to Improve Instruction Schoolwide

NEW E-BOOK! Effective teaching is a juggling act, and one thing is clear: Every teacher needs a comprehensive repertoire of instructional strategies in order to effectively address the broad range of student needs. In this e-book, learn how to make continuous improvement in your teaching and apply proven research strategies. (October 23, 2013)

(E-Book) Classroom Management Q&As: Expert Strategies for Teaching

NEW E-BOOK! Award-winning teacher and Education Week Teacher blogger Larry Ferlazzo investigates some of the thorniest problems in teaching by turning to leading educators for advice. Ferlazzo and his contributors respond Q&A-style to a variety of pressing classroom-management and student-engagement questions. (October 3, 2013)

Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits

JUST RELEASED! This book, from best-selling author Donalyn Miller, offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage, and assess five key reading habits that cultivate a lifelong love of reading. Reading in the Wild, written with teacher Susan Kelley, describes how to instill "wild" reading habits in students. (November 7, 2013)

School & District Leadership

Bringing the District Back In: The Role of the Central Office in Instruction and Achievement

This resource examines the role of the central office in improving instruction and therefore improving student achievement. Mac Iver and Farley-Ripple provide a comprehensive review of the available research (since the 1970s) on the role of the central office in student achievement. 120 pages.

Building Bridges with the Press: A Guide for Educators

Former Education Week reporter Julie Blair offers practical tips on how to work with the press to foster thoughtful coverage that best serves schools, communities, and journalists. 93 pages.

District Support for School Improvement: A Report Summary

In The District Leadership Challenge: Empowering Principals to Improve Teaching and Learning, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) uses the research base on effective schools as well as feedback from high school principals to address the issue of district support for school improvement. 10 pages. The Informed Educator is an excerpt from the report.

Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Are America's schools broken? This book seeks to address misconceptions about America's schools by taking on the credo 'what can be measured matters.' Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality is an excellent book study for school leaders and educational teams working to increase true student achievement and dispel the misinformation about schools so often disseminated as truth. 288 pages.

Engaging Everyone in Your School's Success: Your Role in School Public Relations

Public Relations is something that all schools and districts engage in; and every individual in a school district contributes to the public perception of the school system. This "how to" resource for school system employees discusses topics including: how to increase family involvement, how to engage the community, how to create a positive school culture, how to make your district one to which parents want to send their children, and how to make your school one in which teachers and support personnel are eager to work. 16 pages.

Every Child, Every Classroom, Every Day: School Leaders Who Are Making Equity a Reality

This important book, edited by the co-directors of the prestigious Harvard Urban Superintendents Program (USP), explores the ways in which superintendents can make a difference in the lives of each child, every day, by being knowledgeable about and driven by what happens in the classroom. 320 pages.

Full-Service Community Schools: Combating Poverty and Improving Student Achievement

Community schools, or full-service schools, address the barriers to learning created by social problems, such as poverty, that affect students' home life and well-being. These schools do this by partnering with community services and agencies to offer students and their families the supports and services they need to remedy the life problems that impede learning and achievement. This Informed Educator describes effective implementation of community school models and discusses considerations in planning and sustainability. 16 pages.

Implementing and Sustaining School Improvement

This Informed Educator examines research-proven strategies for implementing and sustaining school improvement by looking at the key elements of the process, enabling conditions for improvement,issues of school culture, and implementation. It also looks at school turnarounds, and how to sustain school improvement once reforms are implemented. 14 pages. This Informed Educator is an expanded version of a chapter that appears in a recent ERS publication, The Principal’s Playbook: Tackling School Improvement.

Lessons for a New Reality: Guidance for Superintendent/Teacher Organization Collaboration

This book is written for those school superintendents and teacher organization presidents who wish to develop their skills at fostering collaborative relationships. This is meant, first and foremost, to be a set of criteria that may use to guide collaboration. The framework from Lessons for a New Reality can be used as a basis for discussion and reflection across the traditional lines of labor-management. 129 pages.

(E-Book) Playing It Safe: Reducing Concussions and Head Injuries in School Sports

This e-book contains some of the most relevant research for student-athletes, along with information about how youth-sports organizations have begun to adopt concussion policies accordingly. It also features concussion resources, including an interactive map of youth-concussion laws in every state.

The Principal as Educator and Leader: Readings for Professional Development

This collection draws from the best of the ERS Spectrum principalship literature over the past five years to provide K-12 principals with a guide to reflective practice. The resource provided here is distinctive in the way it addresses the dual roles of the principal--as instructional and managerial leader--in a format that is designed both for individual reflection and growth and for discussion in peer groups and mentoring support. 150 pages.

The Principal's Playbook: Tackling School Improvement

The Principal's Playbook: Tackling School Improvement brings together the best thinking on successful schools and classrooms to help school administrators engage their faculty in discussion about effective school improvement strategies. Designed to support both school improvement efforts and professional development, each chapter includes discussion questions that make this resource perfect for staff meetings or book study groups. 248 pages.

Response to Intervention: An Action Guide for School Leaders

Some of the most effective schools and school districts are increasing student achievement with the successful implementation of a Response to Intervention (RTI) initiative. This book provides a complete understanding of critical concepts, ready-made discussion questions, and examples of implementation at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels. 120 pages.

Successful Strategies...Preparing a Successful Grant Proposal

Before you submit your next grant proposal, make sure you know the Do's and Don'ts of successful proposal writing. This publication walks you through the steps of creating your grant proposal -- from writing the letter of inquiry -- to developing the budget and submitting your proposal. Real-life examples and tips from experienced proposal writers will help you and your staff understand the technical details of the application process. 44 pages.

Superintendent's Briefing Book, 2011

The 2011 Superintendent's Briefing Book provides comprehensive yet concise overviews of the best thinking available on a wide range of top-priority PreK-12 education concerns. This resource will prove invaluable in making research-based decisions with confidence, and in identifying programs and practices that will improve student achievement. 416 pages.

Supporting School Improvement: Lessons from Districts Successfully Meeting the Challenge

For improvement efforts to work, district-level leadership and support are critical, according to the report. The four studies focus on the key characteristics of successful district-level programs. The districts profiled in the report prove student success is indeed an achievable goal. In the wake of NCLB, this is a much-needed piece of good news for many districts that may be found to be "low-performing." 92 pages.

Supporting Student Learning Through Effective Use of Resources

With today's tough economic conditions, making a strategic connection between available resources and goals for student learning is a critical element of district and school leaders' responsibilities. This Informed Educator focuses on issues important to strengthening this connection. 13 pages.

Thinking Differently: Recommendations for 21st Century School Board/Superintendent Leadership

This publication discusses specific steps that must be taken by local school boards and superintendents, by state political and educational leaders, and by university deans and faculty in order to develop and strengthen local school board/superintendent leadership. 33 pages.

Answering the Critics of School Administration, 2nd Edition

All too often, the public perception of school administration is that it is a large bureaucracy diverting critical resources from instruction. According to Answering the Critics of School Administration: What Are the Facts? Second Edition, by Nancy Protheroe, the data show otherwise. PDF Only.

Getting There from Here: School Board-Superintendent Collaboration: Creating a School Governance Team

In communities nationwide, board-superintendent conflict is a factor that makes it difficult for public schools to reach a common goal of giving America's children the best education in the world. In this book, learn how board-superintendent collaboration is an essential ingredient to a school systems success. PDF only.

Six Pillars of Dynamic Schools

Six Pillars of Dynamic Schools uncovers an often overlooked truth-effective change is the product of hard work and dedication. There is no silver bullet; no matter how many programs, software packages, or new initiatives a district uses, the magic won't just "happen." Dynamic schools result from consistent and redundant focus on the fundamental core elements affecting teachers and students. PDF only.

Using Walkthroughs as a School Improvement Tool

Walkthroughs have become increasingly popular in schools across the country, with protocols, training, and even ways to use handheld devices to make recording and reporting more efficient developed to support school efforts. However, effective use of the approach should begin with a thorough understanding of the process. 13 pages. This Informed Educator is an expanded version of a chapter that appears in a recent ERS publication, The Principal’s Playbook: Tackling School Improvement.

Curriculum & Instruction

(E-Book) Classroom Management

This e-book includes a broad range of perspectives from experienced teachers and educators and features reporting and commentaries from Education Week handpicked by our editors. Discover how to create successful classroom rules and how effective classroom management can decrease student disciplinary action. Also, learn how to use the Socratic method in class discussions and build classroom seating arrangements that encourage student collaboration.

(E-Book) Classroom Management Q&As: Expert Strategies for Teaching

NEW E-BOOK! This e-book brings together the best contributions from Larry Ferlazzo’s Education Week blog Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo. Ferlazzo, who teaches English, social studies, and International Baccalaureate classes to students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., offers his take on effective classroom management along with a network of leading experts. Together, they provide the strategy-based answers that get to the heart of high-quality instruction.

What We Know About: Culture & Learning

This book examines the relationship between culture and learning and discusses how conflicts between the culture of one's home and that of the classroom can hinder the educational process for many students. 92 pages.

Curriculum Mapping

This Focus On discusses curriculum mapping, a process that allows educators to align the curriculum both within and across grades and to ensure that the curriculum is in line with school, local, and state standards. It outlines the steps of the curriculum mapping process from planning the mapping initiative to creating and editing curriculum maps. To assist teachers and administrators in implementation, a sample curriculum mapping template is also included.

What We Know About: Effective Classroom Management to Support Student Learning

This book discusses the link between instruction and management, describes daily routines that contribute to a smoothly run classroom, and talks about the how-to's of dealing with problem behavior. 94 pages.

Effective Teaching in a Virtual Classroom

This Focus On examines what it means for a teacher to "go virtual" and highlights the distinguishing characteristics and practices of effective virtual classroom teachers.

ERS Supporting Good Teaching Series CD-ROM

Topical briefs included on this Supporting Good Teaching Series CD-ROM are designed to address challenges present in every classroom. This CD includes ready-to-be-reproduced originals on 12 key topics such as classroom management, motivating reluctant learners, and reading instruction. CD-ROM format.

Gaining Ground in the Middle School Grades: Why Some Schools Do Better

This Informed Educator draws content from several reports as well as a PowerPoint presentation that describes findings from a study conducted by EdSource and its research partners from Stanford University and the American Institutes for Research. The project - Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades: Why Some Schools Do Better - focused on identifying middle grades policies and practices that differentiate higher- from lower-performing schools. Although the study was conducted in California, the findings have important implications for middle grades education across the nation. 16 pages.

Grouping for Instructional Purposes

This Focus On examines the various grouping patterns, summarizing the research evidence for each; addresses implementation questions, such as classroom management; and discusses the use of flexible grouping and adjustments to curriculum as necessary components.

(E-Book) Implementing Common Standards: How School Districts Are Preparing for the New Math and Reading Standards

This e-book features reporting and commentaries from Education Week handpicked by our editors. The coverage highlights curriculum, professional development, and online resources available to help districts prepare for the common core.

Improving Instruction with Co-Teaching

In this latest edition of the Focus On series, researchers explore the planning time and adjustments necessary to facilitate a co-teaching environment. Examining benefits from both the teacher and student viewpoints, this report highlights the critical components of an effectively co-taught classroom and the barriers that must be overcome in order to ensure student achievement.

(E-Book) Improving Instruction: Using What We Know About Good Teaching to Improve Instruction Schoolwide

NEW E-BOOK! Effective teaching is a juggling act, and one thing is clear: Every teacher needs a comprehensive repertoire of instructional strategies in order to effectively address the broad range of student needs. However, while the task is complex, research tells us what teacher behaviors look like in high-achieving classrooms. In this e-book, learn how to make continuous improvement in your teaching and apply proven research strategies.

Teachers Helping Teachers: Reciprocal Peer Coaching

This Focus On is designed to lead a faculty into the peer coaching process and provides "close-up" engagement questions to draw those who need it most into discussion and reflection.

A Winning Formula for Mathematics Instruction

This book presents both research-based and practice-based information on the creation of effective schoolwide or districtwide mathematics education programs. In addition to research-based recommendations, it offers insights on establishing or improving programs based on the author's many years of experience as a mathematics teacher, mathematics teacher educator, and professional development provider for mathematics education. 276 pages.

Education Policy & Trends

Concerns in Education: What Do We Know About Charter Schools?

This book will help you learn from charter school experiences, better understand charter school performance, reflect on the non-achievement impacts of charter schools, and provide you information on what the charter school universe looks like today. 70 pages.

Creating the Capacity for Change: How and Why Governors and Legislatures Are Opening a New-Schools Sector in Public Education

Ted Kolderie writes that the current arrangement of K-12 public education is an obstacle to school and district improvement and that state leaders have an important role to play in shaping system-wide change. 112 pages.

Table of Contents

Crucial Conversations About America's Schools

This book talks about how to do this and provides examples of how to reframe conversations on the hot-button but important topics of low-achieving schools, teacher pay for performance, the achievement gap, charter schools, and the dropout problem. 142 pages.

Cutting Through the Hype

Jane David and Larry Cuban examine 20 different school reforms, the pros and cons of each, and what it takes to make the reforms-including smaller classes, mayoral control of schools, and standards-based change-successful. 119 pages.

Lessons of a Century: A Nation's Schools Come of Age

Based on a series of articles appearing in Education Week, Lessons of a Century explores the issues, trends and personalities that have shaped American education. This great teaching tool discusses everything from curriculum and teaching to governance and student life throughout the past 100 years. 260 pages.

Living the Legacy: Education Week Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Decision

A five-part Education Week series explores the place of race in American education, 50 years after the U.S. Supreme Court's May 17, 1954, desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. “Brown at 50: The Unfulfilled Promise” featured reporting from five communities that illustrate current issues of race, ethnicity, and education. 102 pages.

Miles To Go ... Reflections on Mid-Course Corrections for Standards-Based Reform

This book offers a series of carefully considered essays by policy experts on the standards movement and ways to more effectively translate standards theory into effective practice. 112 pages.

The Obama Education Plan: An Education Week Guide

Context and insights on the educational priorities of the Obama administration. This book is compiled by Education Week and offers information and opinion on Obama's key educational priorities, which includes expanding early education, improving teacher quality, supporting school innovation, making math and science a national priority, addressing the dropout crisis, and improving college access and affordability. 240 pages.

(E-Book) Obama's Second Term: What's Ahead for Education Policy

In Obama’s Second Term: What’s Ahead for Education Policy, our editors provide a variety of perspectives looking at the policy future ahead for education. This e-book contains stories from Education Week reporters, including articles by Alyson Klein and Michele McNeil, authors of Politics K-12 blog. It also contains first-person analysis from commentary contributors, such as Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute, and Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable, an interactive project developed by Education Week Teacher and the Center for Teaching Quality and featuring teacher-led discussions on America’s public schools.

Twenty-One Trends for the 21st Century: Out of the Trenches and Into the Future

Author Gary Marx gets to the root of the most important trends reshaping society today in Twenty-One Trends for the 21st Century. This go-to guide examines shifting demographics, constantly emerging technologies, environmental challenges, and more, offering a deeper understanding of these dynamics to prepare tomorrow’s leaders for what comes next.

Sixteen Trends...Their Profound Impact on Our Future

Noted futurist, educator, communicator, executive and leadership counsel, author, and international speaker Gary Marx makes the case for those trends and speculates on their implications for education and the whole of society. Supported by compelling research and observations, the trends address a wide variety of topics. This is required reading for anyone involved in education, business, government, nonprofits, community groups, and other types of organizations, industries, or professions. 399 pages.

An Overview of Sixteen Trends...Their Profound Impact on Our Future

This is a condensation of the full Sixteen Trends book. This abbreviated version provides an economical opportunity to order in bulk and distribute copies to an entire school staff, community groups, or other clients and constituents. The book is an important tool for raising awareness about the need to scan the environment, stay in touch with a fast-changing world, and consider plans for the future. 85 pages.

Public School Salaries

Salaries and Wages Paid Professional and Support Personnel in Public Schools, 2010-2011

Salaries paid to personnel in public schools impact both the ability to attract high-quality professionals to serve students and the budgets of the school districts in which teachers, central office administrators, school leaders, and support personnel work. Thus, reliable data about these salaries are at the heart of many critical decisions made by school boards and superintendents. The National Survey of Salaries and Wages in Public Schools provides a critically needed resource for public school leaders. 144 pages.

Salaries and Wages Paid Professional and Support Personnel in Public Schools, 2009-2010

Salaries paid to personnel in public schools impact both the ability to attract high-quality professionals to serve students and the budgets of the school districts in which teachers, central office administrators, school leaders, and support personnel work. Thus, reliable data about these salaries are at the heart of many critical decisions made by school boards and superintendents. The National Survey of Salaries and Wages in Public Schools provides a critically needed resource for public school leaders. 150 pages.

Staffing Patterns in Public Schools 2011

The report includes data on pupil and staff and teacher and staff ratios for individual positions and for aggregate categories of professional personnel. Trend information on pupil and staff and teacher and staff ratios are also presented for the school years 2001 to 2011. 11 pages.

Staffing Patterns in Public School Systems 2010

The report includes data on pupil and staff and teacher and staff ratios for individual positions and for aggregate categories of professional personnel. Trend information on pupil and staff and teacher and staff ratios are also presented for the school years 1999 to 2010. 15 pages.

Assessment

Curriculum-Based Measurement: A Proven Tool to Increase Achievement

This Focus On discusses curriculum-based measurement (CBM), the most widely used research-based method for student progress monitoring, which is required in Response to Intervention (RTI) approaches.

Developing and Using Instructional Rubrics

This Focus On discusses the importance of assessment to student learning, as well as the role rubrics can play in an effective assessment system. It then presents information about how to develop rubrics, how to evaluate them, and how to involve students in developing and using rubrics to further their own learning.

Homework

This Focus On examines the purpose of homework, how to create homework that has value, homework support, parents' involvement in homework, creating clear homework policies, and assessing homework.

Promoting Learning through Student Self-Assessment

This Focus On addresses a key piece of an effective system for student self-assessment. Students who are taught to self-assess and routinely provided with opportunities to do so can be more actively engaged in their own learning.

Using Program Evaluation to Support Academic Excellence

This Informed Educator critically evaluates K-12 public education, focusing on the achievement of students. This evaluation was developed over 20 years, covering three different school systems and from a variety of leadership roles, educational programs, and curricula. 12 pages.

Educating Specific Populations

Educating Boys

This Focus On examines where boys are underachieving and some possible reasons for their under-achievement, including biological and environmental factors. It also offers strategies that teachers can employ in their classrooms in order to address the educational needs of boys.

What We Know About: Helping Struggling Learners in the Elementary and Middle Grades

If school staff work together, making maximum use of the knowledge base about teaching and learning, they will help students become more engaged, independent, and effective learners. This book addresses topics, such as individualizing instruction, effective reading and math instruction for struggling learners, ways to help students develop as more effective learners, student motivation, effective classroom management, and the characteristics of good teaching. 142 pages.

Identifying and Motivating Underachievers

Students underachieve for a variety of reasons, the least of which is because they are lazy, difficult, unteachable, or learning disabled. The challenge for each and every teacher is to find the individual key that unlocks a child’s motivation to succeed and build on that foundation. One thing is certain: teachers cannot expect to use a one-size-fits-all technique to motivate all students. Instead, they must ask and answer the question, “What makes this student tick?” PDF Only.

Succeeding with English-Language Learners: Lessons Learned from the Great City Schools: A Report Summary

In Succeeding With English-Language Learners - Lessons Learned From the Great City Schools, the Council of the Great City Schools discusses findings from a study designed to identify district-level policies and strategies associated with improvements in English-Language Learner student achievement. This Informed Educator includes excerpts from the report. 10 pages.

Supporting English-Language Learners in Mainstream Classrooms

This Focus On discusses second language acquisition and ways to support the language development of English-language learners. In addition, it reviews various instructional techniques that mainstream teachers can use to support the literacy and content learning of English-language learners in their classrooms.

Working with Students with Challenging Behaviors

This Focus On begins with a brief discussion of key aspects of a teacher's role in establishing a classroom environment supportive of high levels of learning. It then discusses some teacher behaviors that may be especially helpful in working with students with challenging behaviors.

Reading, Writing, & Literacy

Adolescent Literacy

This Focus On examines the literacy instruction that adolescents need to be successful as they move on to more challenging texts in middle and high school. In addition, this publication reviews teaching strategies that can be used to develop literacy skills in all classrooms. The characteristics of effective adolescent literacy programs, struggling readers, and ways of motivating students to read are discussed.

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

Teacher-author Donalyn Miller has yet to meet a student she couldn’t turn into a reader. Miller offers inspiring insights on embracing students' choices in books and independent reading in the classroom and developing lifelong readers. 240 pages.

What We Know About: Effective Early Reading Instruction

This book focuses on a variety of strategies, approaches, and programs that constitute sound literacy instruction and that are designed to result in the prevention of reading difficulties. Recognizing that there will always be children at risk for reading failure, the book also suggests ways of identifying those students, along with strategies and programs for early intervention. 116 pages.

Literacy Coaching: Working Effectively With Teachers

Literacy coaching is a technique for improving reading instruction that has been found effective in many schools. This Informed Educator explores the responsibilites of literacy coaches, the characteristics that make them effective, and ways of implementing a literacy coaching program successfully. Other critical considerations include the positive effects literacy coaching can have on schools and the importance of the relationship between literacy coaches and administrators. 16 pages.

What We Know About: Reading at the Middle and High School Levels, Building Active Readers Across the Curriculum, Third Edition

Reading skills are crucial to the academic achievement of students at the middle and high school levels. With this book, you and your staff will learn: approaches to help poor readers develop good reading habits; ways to increase student interest in reading for pleasure; how to effectively incorporate reading into subject areas such as social studies, science, and math; examples of what works according to school personnel in regard to reading instruction; and how to motivate students to become engaged readers. 132 pages.

Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits

This book, from best-selling author Donalyn Miller, offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage, and assess five key reading habits that cultivate a lifelong love of reading. Reading in the Wild, written with teacher Susan Kelley, describes how to instill "wild" reading habits in students.

Teaching and Testing Early Reading

This Focus On provides an overview of several key early literacy components: phonemic awareness, alphabet knowledge, concepts of print, oral language development, writing, family literacy, and reading aloud. Suggestions for assessing early literacy development are provided, and examples of implementation of effective early literacy practices are given.

What We Know About: Writing Across the Curriculum to Increase Student Learning in Middle and High School

Writing is a fundamental skill students need to be successful. Embedding writing instruction, as well as opportunities to write, into all content areas is key to improving student achievement at the middle and high school levels. This book will help your teachers become successful at incorporating writing activities into their curricula. 107 pages.

Writing to Learn Across the Curriculum

This Focus On briefly reviews ways in which writing can be used as a tool to support content-area instruction while simultaneously helping students develop writing skills. In addition, suggestions are provided for ways this can be done that enhance--not detract from--the time available for content-area instruction.

Student Learning

Building Strong Teacher-Student Connections in Support of Student Learning

This Focus On examines the literacy instruction that adolescents need to be successful as they move on to more challenging texts in middle and high school. In addition, this publication reviews teaching strategies that can be used to develop literacy skills in all classrooms. The characteristics of effective adolescent literacy programs, struggling readers, and ways of motivating students to read are discussed.

Bullying Prevention

This Focus On addresses the rapidly changing landscape of cyberbullying and the challenges of supporting and defending students who are intimidated by others. Designed to be used by preK-12 educators for professional development, this Focus On will help teachers develop the skills to recognize, address and prevent bullying.

(E-Book) Bullying Prevention: Professional Development Tools for Dynamic Teaching

Addressing bullying takes time, effort, and resources from administrators and teachers. This e-book is a professional development tool that examines the research and strategies used to create safe school environments.

What We Know About: Effective Classroom Management to Support Student Learning

This book discusses the link between instruction and management, describes daily routines that contribute to a smoothly run classroom, and talks about the how-to's of dealing with problem behavior. 94 pages.

Learning from Leadership: Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning

In Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning, authors Kyla Walstrom, Karen Seashore Louis, Kenneth Leithwood, and Stephen Anderson discuss findings from the Learning from Leadership study. This study was designed to identify and describe successful educational leadership and to explain how such leadership at the school, district, and state levels can foster changes in professional practice that yield improvements in student learning. The report, commissioned by The Wallace Foundation and issued by the University of Minnesota Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement and the University of Toronto Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, draws on research conducted over a 5-year period. This Informed Educator includes excerpts from an executive summary of the larger report. 12 pages.

Project-Based Learning

This Focus On addresses what separates Project-Based Learning from traditional projects, its effects on student motivation, and advice and guidelines for effective Project-Based Learning implementation.

Small Learning Communities: Benefits and Planning Consideration

This Informed Educator examines the use of small learning communities to address the disadvantages of large, comprehensive schools in a cost-effective manner. The different types of small learning communities are described, and the research on both small schools and small learning communities is discussed. This publication also addresses the issues that should be addressed while planning and implementing small learning communities, including common mistakes and problems that may arise during the process. 16 pages.

Strengthening School-Family Partnerships

This Focus On briefly discusses what research tells us about the school-family partnership. Barriers that make it more difficult are highlighted. Finally, examples are presented of ways teachers and schools are working to increase the involvement of families with their children's education and schools.

Student Engagement

Focusing on student engagement can foster great gains in schools' academic, emotional, social, and behavioral achievement. In order to increase student achievement in the classroom, students need to be engaged in ways that honor their innate abilities. This Focus On explores the best practices in student engagement.

Supporting Learning through Strong Teacher-Student Connections

How can educators build and maintain strong teacher-student relationships? The purpose of this Focus On is to inform thinking and prompt discussion about this challenge.

Helping Students Transition to High School

Change is never easy, and starting high school is no exception. Larger buildings, different academic expectations, and a more complex social environment can seem daunting for anyone. Such changes can be especially intimidating for adolescents. This Focus On looks at the growing pains associated with transitioning to high school. PDF Only.

Teaching Profession

The Education Week Guide to K-12 Terminology

A glossary that demystifies the language of schools and educators by providing clear definitions of terms from "ability grouping" to "zone of proximal development." 144 pages.

The Mentor Program Kit: Step-by-Step Guidelines for Developing a Mentoring Program to Help New Teachers Succeed

This book provides step-by-step guidelines for initiating a new mentor program or improving a current program. It provides answers to questions about the importance of a mentor program and about the support needed to make your program successful. 80 pages.

Recruiting and Hiring Effective Teachers: A Behavior-Based Approach

This "how-to" guide provides help in recruiting, hiring, and retaining high-quality teachers. The author outlines the hiring process step by step. The book concludes with strategies for acclimating new teachers to the school and greater community and implementing new teacher induction programs. 146 pages.

Teacher Compensation: Performance Pay and Other Issues

This Informed Educator examines the issue of performance pay for teachers. Research looking for a possible link between performance pay and student learning is examined, and implementation issues are addressed. Finally, the need to broaden the discussion of performance pay to a more comprehensive review that explicitly connects the structure of teacher compensation to school district goals is highlighted. 16 pages.

Teacher Working Conditions: What Matters and Why

This Informed Educator looks at recent research on teacher opinions about their working conditions to address the question: “What matters to teachers?” District and school leaders can use this information to strengthen their efforts to recruit and retain high-quality teachers and, in addition, better support teacher efforts to educate students. 12 pages.

Win-Win Labor-Management Collaboration in Education: Breakthrough Practices to Benefit Students, Teachers, and Administrators

Linda Kaboolian and Paul Sutherland use real-world examples from school districts to highlight innovative practices in school labor-management relations. They also provide contact names, addresses, and telephone numbers for school and union leaders. 146 pages.

What We Know About: Developing an Effective Substitute Teacher Program

This book tackles head on what has come to be widely known as the "substitute teacher problem"-the very real likelihood that on any given school day the teaching and learning process will be disrupted for both students and staff-for lack of enough qualified teachers. Identify ways to more effectively recruit, hire, train, and retain quality substitute teachers. 79 pages.

Using Data & Research

Concerns in Education: Understanding and Using Education Statistics, 2nd Edition

This popular publication provides easy-to-understand explanations of statistics concepts and uses examples from the current educational environment to demonstrate those concepts. Understanding, even being comfortable with using statistics is essential for today's K-12 educators. And using data to improve student achievement is critical to tackling the challenges of NCLB. 70 pages.

Data-Based Decision Making 2.0

This book highlights the growing sophistication in the use of data by school leaders for instructional and programmatic decisions. The types of data discussed include classroom and large-scale assessments, early literacy testing, RTI data, observational data, and program evaluations. 148 pages.

Handbook of Research on Improving Student Achievement, Third Edition

This one volume brings together in readable, concise language the authoritative research on effective classroom practices in all major disciplines currently taught in elementary and secondary schools: the arts, foreign language, health, language arts, physical education, mathematics, social studies, and science, as well as generic practices that apply across all disciplines. This third edition includes over 100 research-based classroom strategies, and features a new chapter that synthesizes the research on high-performing school districts, and discusses ways school districts can support instructional improvement. 258 pages.

How to Conduct Survey Research: A Guide for Schools

This guide takes the mystery out of the process of conducting scientifically valid survey research. Designed for administrators at the school and district level who are responsible for obtaining survey data, this book walks the reader through each step of the survey process. 145 pages.

Implementing the Findings of Research: Bridging the Gap Between Knowledge and Practice

This book provides a guide to the conceptual and practical knowledge principals, superintendents, and other school leaders need to implement evidence-based educational innovations. 156 pages.

Strengthening Instruction through Research on How Students Learn

This Focus On discusses current research on how the brain processes information and its importance in the learning process. It presents a quick overview of key findings of cognitive research, briefly discusses instructional approaches compatible with our growing understanding of how the brain works, and provides practical tips on how to incorporate this information into teaching.

What Special Education Research Tells Us About Teaching Underachieving Students

This Focus On describes instructional strategies that are effective for students with disabilities and that have also been shown to be effective in raising the achievement outcomes of underachieving students without identified disabilities.

Incorporating Research-Based Teaching

This Focus On represents an effort to bring together a variety of research-based resources on characteristics of good teaching. It is intended to support the efforts of districts, schools, and, most importantly, individual teachers to continually improve instruction.

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Addressing bullying takes time, effort, and resources from administrators and teachers. This e-book is a professional development tool that examines the research and strategies used to create safe school environments.

(E-Book) Classroom Management Q&As: Expert Strategies for Teaching

NEW E-BOOK! This e-book brings together the best contributions from Larry Ferlazzo’s Education Week blog Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo. Ferlazzo, who teaches English, social studies, and International Baccalaureate classes to students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., offers his take on effective classroom management along with a network of leading experts. Together, they provide the strategy-based answers that get to the heart of high-quality instruction.

(E-Book) Classroom Management

This e-book includes a broad range of perspectives from experienced teachers and educators and features reporting and commentaries from Education Week handpicked by our editors. Discover how to create successful classroom rules and how effective classroom management can decrease student disciplinary action. Also, learn how to use the Socratic method in class discussions and build classroom seating arrangements that encourage student collaboration.

(E-Book) Improving Instruction: Using What We Know About Good Teaching to Improve Instruction Schoolwide

NEW E-BOOK! Effective teaching is a juggling act, and one thing is clear: Every teacher needs a comprehensive repertoire of instructional strategies in order to effectively address the broad range of student needs. However, while the task is complex, research tells us what teacher behaviors look like in high-achieving classrooms. In this e-book, learn how to make continuous improvement in your teaching and apply proven research strategies.

(E-Book) Implementing Common Standards: How School Districts Are Preparing for the New Math and Reading Standards

This e-book features reporting and commentaries from Education Week handpicked by our editors. The coverage highlights curriculum, professional development, and online resources available to help districts prepare for the common core.

(E-Book) Inside the Every Student Succeeds Act: The New Federal k-12 Law

In this essential guide to the Every Student Succeeds Act, Education Week explains what the law will mean for: accountability and testing, teacher quality, early-childhood education, special education, academic standards including the Common Core, English-Language Learners, and teacher evaluation.

(E-Book) Obama's Second Term: What's Ahead for Education Policy

In Obama’s Second Term: What’s Ahead for Education Policy, our editors provide a variety of perspectives looking at the policy future ahead for education. This e-book contains stories from Education Week reporters, including articles by Alyson Klein and Michele McNeil, authors of Politics K-12 blog. It also contains first-person analysis from commentary contributors, such as Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute, and Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable, an interactive project developed by Education Week Teacher and the Center for Teaching Quality and featuring teacher-led discussions on America’s public schools.

(E-Book) Playing It Safe: Reducing Concussions and Head Injuries in School Sports

This e-book contains some of the most relevant research for student-athletes, along with information about how youth-sports organizations have begun to adopt concussion policies accordingly. It also features concussion resources, including an interactive map of youth-concussion laws in every state.

(E-Book) The Charter School Movement: 25 Years in the Making

In this comprehensive guide to charter schools, Education Week details their impact in their first 25 years on: public education, school choice initiatives, student achievement, accountability systems, special education students, English-language learners, and equity and integration.

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