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ERIC Number: ED512374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 176
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-5966-7143-0
Building School Culture One Week at a Time
Zoul, Jeffrey
Eye on Education
Use Friday Focus memos to motivate and engage your staff every week, and help create a school culture focused on the growth of students "and" teachers. Easy to understand and implement, Friday Focus memos offer an effective and efficient way to improve student learning, staff development, and school culture from within. Written by educational consultant and former principal of two award-winning schools, Jeffrey Zoul, these memos focus on topics such as active learning, high expectations, gratitude, test preparation, and more. Zoul provides 37 teaching and learning memos, one for each week of the school year, for principals and other administrators to reproduce and circulate among their staff. Zoul prefaces each memo with stories from his experiences as a teacher, coach, and assistant principal in the K-12 levels. You can also write your own memos, with guidance on possible topics and teacher takeaways. Other memo topics include: (1) The heart of coaching; (2) A community of leaders; (3) Homework perspectives; (4) Response to intervention basics; and (5) Principles of great teaching. Contents include: (1) Laying the Groundwork; (2) A Culture of Care; (3) Standards for School Performance; (4) Curriculum: An Action, Not a Thing; (5) Active Learning; (6) Background Knowledge: The Foundation; (7) Differentiated Instruction Defined; (8) Expecting the Best; (9) Graphic Organizers; (10) Differentiated Instruction Practices; (11) Lesson Closure; (12) A Collaborative Learning Culture; (13) The Heart of Coaching; (14) A Culture of Gratitude; (15) A Community of Leaders; (16) Making it Stick; (17) Teaching Organization Skills; (18) A Culture of Giving; (19) Stretching the Culture for Powerful Learning; (20) Creating a Vision; (21) Homework Perspectives; and (22) And more!
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A