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ASCD Offers Resources for Educators Planning the School Year Ahead

Posted Jul 11, 2013
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As educators gear up to return to school in the fall, ASCD has compiled a collection of resources to enable educators to implement innovative teaching and learning strategies for the 2013–14 school year.

ASCD offers timely materials on the most prevalent issues in education today, including the Common Core State Standards, teacher and principal effectiveness, and quality instruction. Here are a few resources to get started:

Common Core

  • Using Common Core Standards to Enhance Classroom Instruction and Assessment by Robert J. Marzano, Phil Warrick, Tammy Heflebower, David C. Yanoski, Julia A. Simms, and Jan K. Hoegh. Common Core implementation isn't complete until school leaders link learning targets to proficiency scales that teachers can use in their everyday practice to ensure students are attaining the goals called for in the standards. That's where this book comes in with practical steps and a clear way to measure improvements.

  • Leading with Vision: 6 Steps to Implementing the Common Core State Standards DVD. Designed to help school leaders successfully implement the Common Core State Standards, this new ASCD DVD shows effective ways to empower teachers to make necessary shifts in curriculum planning and instructional practice.

  • Teaching the Critical Vocabulary of the Common Core: 55 Words That Make or Break Student Understanding by Marilee Sprenger. In this book, popular ASCD author Marilee Sprenger explains the compelling reasons to teach these 55 crucial words and equips you with fun and memorable strategies you can use to make them stick in students' minds.

Teacher and Principal Effectiveness

  • Teacher Evaluation That Makes a Difference: A New Model for Teacher Growth and Student Achievement by Robert J. Marzano and Michael D. Toth. This book introduces a new model of teacher evaluation that takes into account multiple data-rich measures of teacher performance and student growth to ensure fair, meaningful, and reliable evaluations for all.

  • Never Underestimate Your Teachers: Instructional Leadership for Excellence in Every Classroom by Robyn R. Jackson.In the much anticipated follow-up to Never Work Harder Than Your Students, Jackson turns her attention to how school leaders can help any teacher become a master teacher.

  • Principal Evaluation: Standards, Rubrics, and Tools for Effective Performance by James H. Stronge, Xianxuan Xu, Lauri Leeper, and Virginia Tonneson. Based on extensive research and experiences in the field, this book provides you with a sound framework for principal evaluation and the practical tools you need to implement a fair and effective evaluation process

Quality Instruction

  • Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. In this book, the authors of Understanding by Design explore how to design and frame essential questions that create a more stimulating environment for learning and prompt students to think deeply.

  • The Innovators: Project Based Learning and the 21st Century DVD. Race to the Top and the Common Core State Standards have put real-world learning and 21st century skills front and center. This DVD shows how educators are using technology and project-based learning to bring relevance and rigor into their classrooms.

  • Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom by Mark Barnes. In this book, classroom teacher Mark Barnes introduces you to a results-only classroom where teachers use a combination of individual and cooperative learning activities, completed in class and over extended periods of time, that provide students constant feedback and opportunities to change.

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