ERIC Number: ED530432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
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Improving Student Learning When Budgets Are Tight
Odden, Allan R.
How do you stay focused on increasing student learning when budget cuts threaten everything you are striving for? This book offers a comprehensive framework to enhance student achievement in good times and in bad. School reform expert Allan R. Odden outlines a school improvement action plan focused sharply on student learning and then shows how to target resources to implement each strategy in that plan. More than just a "theory" book, this text describes concrete, specific actions that can be taken immediately. Key strategies include: (1) Using data to support boosting student performance; (2) Focusing on effective instruction; (3) Setting goals to drive resource allocation priorities; (4) Establishing priorities for situations that require budget cuts; (5) Hiring top teachers and providing ongoing professional development; and (6) Providing needed technology resources. Educators will find a wide range of real-life examples of schools and districts that have implemented these strategies and significantly improved student learning. Also included is research-based guidance for optimizing teacher and principal talent, teacher recruiting and hiring, online learning, and more. This book successfully communicates many years of work and offers well-grounded advice that will help educators move from financial frustration to effective action.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Educational Change, Resource Allocation, Teacher Selection, Academic Achievement, Budgets, Educational Finance, Program Implementation, Data, Instructional Effectiveness, Goal Orientation, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Recruitment, Administrator Effectiveness, Educational Technology, Student Improvement, Faculty Development
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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