ERIC Number: ED515303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Strategic Priorities for School Improvement. No. 6 in the Harvard Education Letter Spotlight Series
Chauncey, Caroline T., Ed.
Harvard Education Press
Organized around the four key areas outlined in the U. S. Department of Education's Race to the Top program, this volume presents a collection of seminal articles on standards and assessment; using data to improve learning; recruiting and retaining great teachers and leaders; and turning around failing schools. Following a foreword by Robert B. Schwartz and introduction by Caroline T. Chauncey, this book is divided into five parts. Part I, Standards and Assessment, includes the following: (1) Unlearned Lessons: Six stumbling blocks to our schools' success (W. James Popham); (2) (In)formative Assessments: New tests and activities can help teachers guide student learning (Robert Rothman); and (3) An Inexact Science: What are the technical challenges involved in using value-added measures? (Robert Rothman). Part II, Using Data to Improve Instruction, includes the following: (4) The "Data Wise" Improvement Process: Eight steps for using test data to improve teaching and learning (Kathryn Parker Boudett, Elizabeth A. City, and Richard J. Murnane); (5) Leadership Lessons from Schools Becoming: "Data Wise" (Jennifer L. Steele and Kathryn Parker Boudett); and (6) Improving Teaching and Learning through Instructional Rounds (Lee Teitel). Part III, Developing Great Teachers and Leaders, includes the following: (7) Landing the "Highly Qualified Teacher": How administrators can hire--and keep--the best (Robert Rothman); (8) Principles of High-Quality Mentoring: An instructionally intensive approach to supporting new teacher development (Ellen Moir, Dara Barlin, Janet Gless, and Jan Miles); (9) Standards-Based Evaluation for Teachers: How one public school system links teacher performance, student outcomes, and professional growth (Andreae Downs); and (10) A Guide on the Side: Mentors help new leaders prepare for life in the principal's office (Robert Rothman). Part IV, Turning around Struggling Schools, includes the following: (11) Finding High-Achieving Schools in Unexpected Places: Karin Chenoweth discusses what 15 successful schools have in common (Nancy Walser); (12) Urgent Lessons from Unexpected Schools: Karin Chenoweth visits eight award-winning schools and explains what we can learn from their success (Chris Rand); (13) The Road to School Improvement: It's hard, it's bumpy, and it takes as long as it takes (Richard F. Elmore and Elizabeth A. City); (14) Is Coaching the Best Use of Resources? For some schools, other investments should come first (Elizabeth A. City); (15) Four Central Dilemmas of Struggling Schools: The starting points for a developmental approach to intervention (D. Brent Stephens); and (16) Charters and Unions: What's the future for this unorthodox relationship? (Alexander Russo). Finally, Part V, District-Based Improvement, includes the following: (17) The Real Race to the Top 169: To win, your district needs a strategy--not just a strategic plan (Rachel E. Curtis and Elizabeth A. City); and (18) Creating Coherence in District Administration: A framework based on the work of the Public Education Leadership Project (Stacey Childress, Richard F. Elmore, Allen S. Grossman, and Susan Moore Johnson).
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Mentors, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Leadership, Public Education, Standards, Educational Improvement, Student Evaluation, Test Results, Data Analysis, Achievement Tests, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Teacher Selection, Beginning Teachers, Professional Development, High Achievement, Rewards, School Districts, Educational Administration, Charter Schools, Unions
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Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education