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ERIC Number: EJ1002392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Time to Focus
Schmoker, Mike
Principal Leadership, v13 n3 p18-21 Nov 2012
Three foundational elements are key to improving student achievement: a coherent curriculum, intensive literacy practices, and well-structured lessons. There is stunning--in the author's view, indisputable--evidence for and agreement on the unrivaled power of sound curricula, authentic literacy, and effectively structured lessons. For schools to inherit the wealth of benefits they provide, there is a need to ensure that every school leader becomes deeply acquainted with those elements as well as the evidence of the life-changing impact they will have on students. But as most people know and as research makes quite clear, very few schools implement them consistently. Very few actually devote serious effort to routinely clarifying, reinforcing, and monitoring--and thus ensuring--the implementation of those elements, though it would cost nothing to do so. School leaders won't enjoy the benefits of those elements until they learn to focus.
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Language: English
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