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This is the course proposal that I submitted to Heartland and Drake

This is information about registering for Drake or AEA credit.

This is a summary of recent study about the current evaluation practices in schools.

This report describes what research has shown about professional development that improves teaching and student learning.

This is our school district's "World Class Schools" policy.

These documents are about the Career in Teaching (CIT) in Rochester, NY public schools

This is a description the the Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) program in Toledo public schools

This is a handbook that supports PAR, issued by the 2 largest teachers' unions, NEA and AFT!

Authentic Assessment and Instruction. (aka AIW or Authentic Intellectual Work)
AIA- Scoring Manual
AIA- Standards and Scoring Criteria

Examples of Indicators to Guide Classroom Observations and Coaching, from "Schooling by Design" by Wiggins

AHS Sci Dept Teaching Principles (from AAAS)

Study on Qualities of Effective Teachers

Coalition for Essential Schools (Ted Sizer)

Change Leadership Group (Tony Wagner) - Strengthening Instruction Diagnostic

Grading Practices and Assessment


Website of Grant Wiiggins Authentic Education organization. He is the author of Schooling by Design and Understanding by Design

Authentic Education
Website of Harvard's Change Leadership Group, led by Tony Wagner, author of the Global Achievement Gap

Change Leadership Group
Website of Ted Sizer's Coalition of Essential Schools. Sizer is the author of Horace's Hope.

Coalition of Essential Skills
Robert Marzano's website. Author of Classroom Instruction that Works

Marzano Research Lab
Website of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills

21st Centruy Skills
Website of the The New York Performance Standards Consortium, a group of schools in NY that eschew traditional testing in favor of more authentic performance assessments

Website of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.



Book Titles/Authors

Description of Books

Engaging Schools. 2004

Ben Matthies, Michelle Fuqua
What is it about the school environment—pedagogy, curriculum, climate, organization—that encourages or discourages engagement in school activities? How do peers, family, and community affect adolescents’ attitudes towards learning? Engaging Schools reviews current research on what shapes adolescents’ school engagement and motivation to learn—including new findings on students’ sense of belonging—and looks at ways these can be used to reform urban high schools.
How people learn : brain, mind, experience, and school.

This book summarizes the implications for instruction of current cognitive learning theory. Widely praised by researchers as an excellent single-volume summary of this research. Useful for students, practitioners and policy makers.
On Common Ground: The Power of PLC’s. Ed. Richard & Rebecca DuFour and Robert Eaker, 2005

Carol VanWaardhuizen, Kent Jahn
These authors agree on many of the best strategies for raising student achievement and support the premise that students would be better served if educators:
  • Embrace learning rather than teaching as their school's mission
  • Work collaboratively to help all students learn
  • Use formative assessments and a focus on results to foster continuous improvement
  • Assume individual responsibility to take steps to create such schools
Although they have clear differences, these educational leaders have found common ground in expressing their belief in both the desirability and the power of professional learning communities.
Horace's Hope. Sizer, Ted.1996

Mike Lazere, Shaeley Santiago
The third book in the Horace trilogy, Horace's Hope explores Theodore R. Sizer's own hopes for the future of high schools. Sizer, the chairman of the Coalition of Essential Schools, first gained widespread attention in 1984 with Horace's Compromise, a study of the American high school, followed by Horace's School, a fictional account of school reform. In the final installment, Horace presents a progressive approach to education that allows students time and space to explore their subjects. This culmination of a 12-year attempt to establish more progressive schools advances the case for Sizer's vision of a reformed school system
The Teaching Gap. Stigler, James. W. and Hiebert, James, 1999

Stuart Sparkman, Susan Norris
The bulk of The Teaching Gap examines the cultural differences among teaching methods, with detailed accounts of video observations of eighth-grade math teachers that were part of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS (which Stigler directed). American teachers in the videos tend to emphasize terms and procedures, thinking of math as a set of tedious skills. They try to interest students with praise and real-life problems.
The Global Achievement Gap. Wagner, Tony, 2008

James Webb, Erin Miller

Wagner, a Harvard education professor, begins by offering his astute assessment of secondary education in the U.S. today and how it fails to produce graduates who are “jury ready” (i.e., able to analyze an argument, weigh evidence, and detect bias). He then presents a concise manifesto for the steps needed to “reinvent the education profession.” His thesis revolves around “Seven Survival skills”—the core competencies he deems necessary for success both in college and in the twenty-first-century workforce. These encompass problem solving and critical thinking, collaboration across networks, adaptability, initiative, effective oral and written communication, analyzing information, and developing curiosity and imagination.

Schooling by design. Wiggins,Grant and McTighe, Jay.

Mike Lazere
Jane Jurgensen
Now you can apply Understanding by Design?ASCD's renowned framework for results-based curriculum and assessment?to your entire systemwide school improvement. UbD authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe describe how to start with your school's mission and goals and develop a powerful school improvement plan focused on desired results. Learn how to use UbD's backward-design process to determine the evidence for your plan's success and to plan improvement steps in instruction and leadership roles. Wiggins and McTighe explain: * Why to refocus your school on the goals of understanding and transfer rather than low-level knowledge and discrete skills * How to organize curriculum and assessment for accomplishment-based learning * How to determine the teachers? role in the instructional process based on desired learning accomplishments * Which job functions are most critical for the academic leader * What's holding schools back from entering a new era of effectiveness
Brain Rules by John Medina
Mike Todd, Denny Cullinan
Practical implications of neuroscience research
Brain Rules - John Medina

Brain Rules DVD