Creating Connections for Better Schools

Author: Douglas Fiore
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317919904
Format: PDF
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This book demonstrates that student achievement depends on school culture, the one element of your school at the foundation of everything that happens there. School culture is the system of beliefs, values, and expectations that governs the feelings and actions of everybody there. This book shows how principals can build relationships and connections to enhance school culture. Practical and accessible, this book provides guidelines which will show you how to: - communicate with teachers, students, and parents on a regular basis - be "visible" - recognize, utilize and empower your faculty

How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom

Author: Douglas Fisher
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416614575
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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What does it feel like to walk into your school? Is it a welcoming place, where everyone feels valued? Most school improvement efforts focus on academic goals, instructional models, curriculum, and assessments. But sometimes what can make or break your learning community are the intangibles--the relationships, identity, and connections that make up its culture. Authors Fisher, Frey, and Pumpian believe that no school improvement effort will be effective unless school culture is addressed. They identify five pillars that are critical to building a culture of achievement: 1. Welcome: Imagine if all staff members in your school considered it their job to make every student, parent, and visitor feel noticed, welcomed, and valued. 2. Do no harm: Your school rules should be tools for teaching students to become the moral and ethical citizens you expect them to be. 3. Choice words: When the language students hear helps them tell a story about themselves that is one of possibility and potential, students perform in ways that are consistent with that belief. 4. It's never too late to learn: Can you push students to go beyond the minimum needed to get by, to discover what they are capable of achieving? 5. Best school in the universe: Is your school the best place to teach and learn? The best place to work? Drawing on their years of experience in the classroom, the authors explain how these pillars support good teaching and learning. In addition, they provide 19 action research tools that will help you create a culture of achievement, so that your school or classroom is the best it can be. After reading this book, you'll see why culture makes the difference between a school that enables success for all students and a school that merely houses those students during the school day.

Creating Connections

Author: Erin Tobul
Publisher: Association for Middle Level Education
ISBN: 9781560902898
Format: PDF, Docs
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"The middle grades years can be a difficult time for young adolescents. Before students can learn, they need to know that you, their teacher, see them and get them. But making connections with students can be challenging. What do we need to change in our pedagogy or our teaching styles to relate to our students with a better balance of social-emotional care and academic content? And how can we do this so we bond with each and every student? The Advisory Pride Program offers a way for you to create connections with students, helping them feel like they are cared for while helping them develop the soft skills essential for high school and college. The Advisory Pride Program has five themes arranged in three sequences, and each chapter includes an overview of the theme, a sample agenda, activities, and formative assessments. It is both flexible and turnkey."--Provided by publisher.

The Principal as Instructional Leader

Author: Sally J. Zepeda
Publisher: Eye On Education
ISBN: 1596672218
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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In the updated third edition of this highly successful book, leadership expert, Sally Zepeda offers savvy advice to both new and seasoned principals and assistant principals. You get practical tools and strategies, along with real-world examples to help you improve teacher effectiveness and boost student achievement. This edition features valuable resources for teacher evaluation and professional development programs, including: Tools and procedures for conducting classroom observations and pre- and post-observation conferences How-to steps for assessing the culture and climate of your school Strategies to address marginal teaching Techniques to support adult learning and professional development Related News & Media Dr. Doug Green featured a book summary of The Principal as Instructional Leader: A Practical Handbook (3rd Edition) on his website. The Principal as Instructional Leader: A Practical Handbook (3rd Edition) by Sally J. Zepeda was reviewed in The 21st Century Principal.

Instructional Leadership for School Improvement

Author: Sally J. Zepeda
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317919319
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book explores the principal’s role in meeting high expectations for student achievement. It provides detailed tips and strategies to show you what principals need to do to: assess and promote a culture and climate for school improvement, build teams and support the work their work, create the conditions so that teacher leaders can emerge, and monitor school improvement efforts

Introduction to Educational Administration

Author: Douglas Fiore
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317929993
Format: PDF
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Organized around the ISLLC standards, this text introduces students to the concepts and theories of educational leadership. The new edition adds coverage of such topics as data usage, ethics, innovative hiring practices, and student discipline. Appearing in the second edition are chapter-ending sections called “Point-Counterpoint” which prompt readers to examine their own beliefs regarding the material presented in the chapter and its application to work in our schools.

Making the Right Decisions

Author: Charles Joseph
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317923146
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book provides a road map for school leaders as they engage in their single most important leadership skill: decision making. With practical examples, it demonstrates how to create a positive school culture, spur school improvement, and make decisions in the context of NCLB.

Digital Leadership

Author: Eric Sheninger
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483339963
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Move leadership into the digital age Digital leadership is a strategic mindset and set of behaviors that leverages resources to create a meaningful, transparent, and engaging school culture. It takes into account recent changes such as ubiquitous connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, and personalization to dramatically shift how schools have been run and structured for over a century. Leading in education becomes exponentially powerful when using technology to your advantage. Eric Sheninger—“Principal Twitter”—shares his Pillars of Digital Leadership to help readers Transform school culture by initiating sustainable change Use free social media tools to improve communication, enhance public relations, and create a positive brand presence Integrate digital tools into the classroom to increase student engagement and achievement Facilitate professional learning and access new opportunities and resources The time is now, whether you are a building level or teacher leader, to boldly move schools forward in the digital age.