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ERIC Number: ED522991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 184
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4166-1295-7
Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success
Goodwin, Bryan
Drawing from the research base that informed the ASCD best-selling series of "What Works In Schools" titles, this book identifies key principles at the heart of what it takes to help all students become successful learners. Education research expert Bryan Goodwin separates the school improvement ideas that really work from those that just appear to work and provides you with a "What Matters Most Framework" that focuses your school on how to change the odds for under-served children by: (1) Guaranteeing challenging, engaging, and intentional instruction; (2) Ensuring curricular pathways to success; (3) Providing whole-child student supports; (4) Creating high-performance school cultures; and (5) Developing high-reliability district systems. To guide your implementation of these principles, "Simply Better" describes lots of strategic touchstones to keep in mind, such as: (1) Why teachers must both challenge and nurture students in order to boost achievement; (2) How curriculum can be standardized across systems yet personalized to individual student needs and interests; (3) What to do to counter the negative effects of poor motivation, health issues, unsupportive home environments, and insufficient background knowledge; and (4) How principals can take immediate steps to reduce the variance in teacher quality in their schools.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ASCD; Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL)