• Organization & management of education
      October 2014

      Good to Great to Innovate

      Recalculating the Route to Career Readiness, K-12+

      by Lyn Sharratt and Gale Harild

      Building on global conversations that are taking place worldwide, regarding what effective secondary education for students should look and feel like in the 21st century, the book will examine essential conditions to be considered. By examining ongoing practices from across continents the reader will be challenged to consider how one might reimagine our high school system, schools, and classrooms to reflect some of these identified conditions.

    • Organization & management of education
      January 2014

      Distributed Leadership Matters

      Perspectives, Practicalities, and Potential

      by Alma Harris

      Distributed leadership—engaging the many rather than the few in school improvement—has long been a promising theory. But it must be implemented effectively before educators and students can reap the rewards, including improved learner outcomes and stronger organizational performance. Distributed Leadership Matters offers pragmatic approaches for realizing these benefits. First, Alma Harris shows why harnessing educators’ collective expertise is an improvement strategy worth adopting. Then she details the collaborative processes that make it happen. Insights include: • How to translate the research on distributed leadership into tangible results for schools • Methods for building the social capital necessary for sustainable institutional change • How to distribute leadership widely and wisely through professional collaboration This book is the educator's guide to improving the learning outcomes of young people, whatever their context and whatever it takes, supporting teachers to be the very best they can be and ensuring that collaborative learning with impact is achievable and sustainable.

    • Education
      January 2013

      Thinking Through Project-Based Learning

      Guiding Deeper Inquiry

      by Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss

      Thinking Through Projects shows teachers how to create a more interactive classroom environment where students engage, learn, and achieve. Teachers will findA reader-friendly overview of project-based learning that includes current findings on brain development and connections with Common Core standardsNumerous how-to's and sample projects for every K-12 grade level Strategies for integrating project learning into all main subject areas, across disciplines, and with current technology and social mediaWays to involve the community through student field research, special guests, and ideas for showcasing student workWhether you are new to project-based learning or ready to strengthen your existing classroom projects, you'll find a full suite of strategies and tools in this essential book.

    • Organization & management of education
      January 2013

      The Multiplier Effect

      Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools

      by Lois Allen, Elise Foster, and Liz Wiseman

      Why are some leaders able to double their team’s effectiveness, while others seem to drain the energy right out of the room? In this engaging and highly practical book, leadership expert Liz Wiseman, leadership coach Elise Foster, and veteran principal Lois Allen team up to offer compelling research showing the overwhelmingly positive and exponential effect on schools getting more done without increasing the number of teachers and resources. Taking a deep dive with more than 100 of education’s best leaders, the authors explore the five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers and how these leaders attract and develop talent, as well as harness new ideas and energy to drive educational innovation. These five disciplines are not based on innate talent; indeed they are skills that every educator can learn to use – even when steeped in lifelong Diminisher settings. By practicing these disciplines, leaders learn how to - Attract top teachers to their school • Create an intense environment that demands people’s best thinking • Drive sound decisions by constructing debate and decision-making forums • Give their team a sense of ownership for responsibilities and results

    • Examinations & assessment
      January 1992

      Research and Education Reform

      Roles for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement

      by Richard C. Atkinson and Gregg B. Jackson, Editors; Committee on the Federal Role in Education Research, National Research Council

      The Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) in the U.S. Department of Education has a mandate for expanding knowledge of teaching and learning and for improving education in this country. This book focuses on how OERI can better fulfill that mission in light of what is known about why prior education reforms have often failed, what is needed to enhance the effectiveness of such efforts, and what education research and development can contribute to better schools. The history, mission, governance, organization, functions, operations, and budgets of OERI are analyzed. Recommendations are made for restructuring OERI, expanding funding, involving scholars from many fields, and engaging teachers and school principals in improvement efforts.

    • Examinations & assessment
      July 1998

      Learning About Assessment, Learning Through Assessment

      by by Mark Driscoll and Deborah Bryant; Mathematical Sciences Education Board, National Research Council

      The MSEB, with generous support and encouragement from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, seeks to bring discussion of assessment to school-and district-based practitioners through an initiative called Assessment in Practice (AIP). Originally conceived as a series of "next steps" to follow the publication of Measuring Up and For Good Measure, the project, with assistance from an advisory board, developed a publication agenda to provide support to teachers and others directly involved with the teaching and assessment of children in mathematics classrooms at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. In a series of three booklets, AIP presents an exploration of issues in assessment. The first booklet, Learning About Assessment, Learning Through Assessment discusses ways to assist teachers in learning about assessment and how student work can be a rich resource in professional development. The second, Assessment in Support of Instruction, makes a case for aligning assessments with state and district curriculum frameworks and examines ways in which states have shifted their curriculum frameworks and related state assessment programs to reflect the NCTM Standards and other perspectives. The third booklet, Keeping Score, discusses issues to be considered while developing high quality mathematics assessments. This series is specifically designed to be used at the school and school district level by teachers, principals, supervisors, and measurement specialists.

    • Organization & management of education

      Reinventing the University

      by Kathryn Mohrman

      “Business as usual" is no longer a viable way of running a 21st Century university. The impact of globalization, the growing complexity of the university mission and the still uncertain impact of the 2008/09 global recession all point towards a future characterised by uncertainty. Against the pessimistic scenario, however, we can discern some good reasons for optimism in regards to the university re-inventing itself for the new millennium. This book demonstrates the need for the modern university to move beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries and to become more socially embedded in order to succeed in the current competitive climate. The universities are uniquely positioned to bridge the needs of the citizen and the emerging technologies in a democratic and participatory manner. Science and technology is leaping ahead at an unprecedented pace due to globalisation, but often social needs and human ethics are not to the fore. While universities cannot retreat to an ‘ivory tower’ which no longer exists, they can engage with technology and the market to help make science serve social need and advance democratic citizenship in a most turbulent global era.

    • Organization & management of education

      The Education Racket

      Who Cares About the Children?

      by Duncan Graham

    • Organization & management of education
      October 2008

      Fordham University School of Law

      A History

      by Robert J. Kaczorowski

    • Schools inspection (& preparing for inspection)
      March 2012

      The Perfect Ofsted Inspection

      by Jackie Beere

      Building on the success of The Perfect (Ofsted) Lesson, this book demonstrates through exemplary case studies how to get the very best from your Ofsted inspection. Heads and middle leaders who have managed to show their school off in the best possible light share their top tips for making your inspection an opportunity rather than a threat. Telling the story of your school effectively, showing how the data really represents your school and helping your middle leaders show how they are working towards ‘continuous improvement’ are just a few of the essential aspects of preparation for the inspection. Writing an incisive SEF that exemplifies your spiralling success and which demonstrates your capacity for improvement is still essential for gaining an ‘outstanding’ result. This book will help prepare you and your staff to be confident and impressive in every lesson visited by the inspection team and will empower your senior leaders and governors to demonstrate outstanding leadership. Written in Jackie Beere’s pragmatic style with a wealth of practical advice from many contributors this book will deliver the essential tips for making inspection work for your school.

    • History: specific events & topics

      Handsworth Revolution

      The Odyssey of a School

      by David. Winkley

      Handsworth Revolution has been widely acclaimed as an important book. It charts the progress of an inner-city primary school over twenty three years, describing and analysing its evolution in the context of a local community at a time of rapid change. It is addictively readable, with a strong narrative drive which takes us on a personal, historical and philosophical journey that is enlivened by a vivid sense of the texture of real school life. It is much more than entertaining. It pauses from time to time to engage in profound and penetrating analysis of issues such as school leadership, the role of teaching and learning, the shifting political influences on education, the problems of social disadvantage, the experience of ethnic minority communities. It also celebrates the powerful impact of teachers and schools on children's lives, and has been enthusiastically received by young teachers and students in training, as well as by headteachers looking for reassurance and support on the question of the value of primary education.;It is already being extensively used on teacher-education and leadership and management courses, both within and outside the world of education, sometimes as a set text. It will be of great interest in addition to sociologists, political analysts and local historians. This is a book not to miss. Its exceptionally positive reception from commentators in various fields suggests that it will come to be regarded as a classic of its kind, one of the few portraits of the actual life of teaching that has both become an important text for the academy and at the same time attracted a substantial general readership.

    • Organization & management of education

      Developing Literacy Skills Through Geography.

      by Frances. Mackay

    • Organization & management of education

      Sustainability

      A Step-by-step Guide to Creating a Sustainable Early Years Setting

      by Anthony. David

    • Organization & management of education

      Brave Heads

      How to Lead a School Without Selling Your Soul

      by Dave Harris

      Why young people (and teachers) need their school leader to be brave now more than ever. School leadership brings with it tremendous pressure from the government for results at all costs. It’s the outcome that counts (and the league tables) not the process. Which means, now more than ever, for genuine leaders leading schools in the right direction for the right reasons, bravery is key. Dave Harris is well placed to write the ultimate guide to bravery in school leadership. As the principal of a high-profile brand-new Academy he has had to stand by his beliefs about the role of school and the community – ‘It’s a marathon, not a sprint’ – despite the pressure to forget genuinely educating young people and just focus on ‘floor targets’. A book for every head teacher who wants to make a genuine difference (and get great results as Dave has done)!

    • Pre-school & kindergarten

      Fundraising

      A Step-by-step Guide to Fundraising for Your Early Years Setting

      by Anthony. David

    • Education
      August 2013

      Towards a Standards-Based Curriculum 2014

      A Toolkit for the New Primary Curriculum in England (Revised Edition)

      by Jazz C Williams

      Towards a Standards-Based Curriculum 2014 offers England's primary schools guidance on implementing the National Curriculum and responding to standards-based reform in Mathematics, Science and English. Two chapters, 'Assessing Without Levels' and 'Assessment Plans', address school-based assessment in monitoring the impact of teaching on learning and achievement. This revised edition features: Conquering Primary Maths, a programme for Year 1 to Year 6 including medium-term plans Standards-based English unit plans with emphasis on balancing spelling and word structure across a year Key Stage 1 and 2 Writing Assessment Records Standards-based medium-term plans for Science aligned to the QCA Scheme of Work Guided Reading Records The material contained in this book bridges between theory and practice making Towards a Standards-Based Curriculum 2014 an essential resource for schools.

    • Organization & management of education

      Parents, Personalities and Power

      Welsh-medium Schools in South-east Wales

      by Huw S. Thomas (Editor), Colin H. Williams (Editor),

      Parents, Personalities and Power: Welsh-medium Schools in South-east Wales is the first volume ever published to investigate in depth the interdependent influences on the phenomenal growth of such schools over the last half century. Derived from a sustained research investigation based in the School of Welsh, Cardiff University (2003–8), the research is set within a constantly evolving linguistic, social and political society. The authors underline the international interest in the sustainable and continuing growth of the Ysgolion Cymraeg, and, as the title suggests, note the various powers that have influenced the shaping of the Welsh-school movement. These reflect the increased interest in the language and identity of Wales and the future challenges these schools face.

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