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Teaching As Leadership The Highly Effective Teacher's Guide to Closing the Achievement Gap

ISBN-10: 0470432861
ISBN-13: 9780470432860
Edition: 2010
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Description: A road map for teachers who strive to be highly effective leaders in our nation′s classroomsTeach For America has fought the daunting battle of educational equity for the last twenty years. Based on evidence from classrooms across the country,  More...

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List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 2/9/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

A road map for teachers who strive to be highly effective leaders in our nation′s classroomsTeach For America has fought the daunting battle of educational equity for the last twenty years. Based on evidence from classrooms across the country, they′ve discovered much about effective teaching practice, and distilled these findings into the six principles presented in this book. The Teaching As Leadership framework inspires teachers to: Set Big Goals; Invest Students and Their Families; Plan Purposefully; Execute Effectively; Continuously Increase Effectiveness; Work Relentlessly. The results are better educational outcomes for our nation′s children, particularly those who live in low-income communities. Inspires educators to be leaders in their classrooms and schools Demystifies what it means to be an effective teacher, describes key elements of practice and provides a clear vision of success Addresses the challenges every teacher, in every classroom, faces on a daily basisAn accompanying website includes a wealth of tools, videos, sample lessons, discussion boards, and case studies.

Wendy Kopp is the founder and president of Teach For America. She lives in New York City.

Foreword
Introduction
Set Big Goals
Foundations of Effective Goal Setting
Inspiring Strong Results with Measurable Outcomes
Inspiring High Performance with High Expectations
Leading with Students' Needs and Interests
Inside the Minds of Great Goal-Setters: The Qualities of Effective Big Goals
What Measurable Academic Progress Should My Students Achieve?
What Traits and Mindsets Will Best Serve My Students?
What Pathways to Student Opportunity Should Inform My Big Goal?
What Student Interests and Motivations Could Shape the Big Goal?
Conclusion: Key Ideas and Next Questions
�Why Do People Set Big Goals?": From the Ms. Lora Story
Invest Students and Their Families
Two Key Elements of Investment
Shaping Students' Mindsets: �I Can" and �I Want"
Collaborating With Students' Families and Influencers
Strategies for Investing Students
Creating a Welcoming Environment to Increase Student Investment
Developing a Culture of Achievement
Investing Students through Instruction and Learning
Conclusion: Key Ideas and Next Questions
�What If You're Wrong?": From the Ms. Lora Story
Plan Purposefully
The Foundation of Purposeful Planning
Developing Your Vision of Success
Translating Your Vision Into a Well-Designed Assessment
Mapping Out a Vision-Aligned Plan
Three Forms of Classroom Plans
Long-term Planning: Year-long and Unit Plans
Lessons Plans
Classroom Management Plans
Conclusion: Key Ideas and Next Questions
�It Still Tastes Good": From the Ms. Lora Story
Execute Effectively
Three Key Elements of Effective Execution
Doing Well What Must Be Done
Insisting on Seeing Reality
Adjusting Course as Circumstances Change
What Effective Execution Looks Like in the Classroom
Effectively Communicating Key Ideas
Coordinating Student Practice
Checking For Understanding
Tracking Progress
Maximizing Efficiency with Organization and Routine
Asserting Authority
Conclusion: Key Ideas and Next Questions
�Light Monitor. Form Collector. Plant Manager.": From the Ms. Lora Story
Continuously Increasing Improvement
Foundations of Continuous Improvement
Effective Teaching is a Learnable Skill
�In God We Trust. Everyone Else Bring Data."
We Drive Our Own Improvement
No Teacher is an Island
A Cycle of Reflection that Leads to Increased Effectiveness
Conclusion: Key Ideas and Next Questions
�This Was My Summer School Seat.": From the Ms. Lora Story
Working Relentlessly
We Control Our Students' Success and Failure
Working Relentlessly in Action
Persistence
Maintaining High Expectations
Expanding Time and Resources
Expanding Your Influence
Sustaining this Work Over Time
Conclusion: Key Ideas and Next Questions
�You Are Going to be Totally Handsome in them." From the Ms. Lora Story
Afterword
About the Authors
Teaching As Leadership Rubric
About Teach For America
Our Approach to Teacher Development
How We Learn From Our Teachers
Teacher Index
Endnotes
Index

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