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ERIC Number: EJ894649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
The Best Things May Be Free
Riddile, Mel
Principal Leadership, v10 n5 p64-66 Jan 2010
Doing more with less is a familiar theme across the country. For many schools and districts, counting on the adoption of costly, expensive programs is unrealistic. Schools are expected to continue to raise student achievement regardless of the state of the economy. The bad news is that schools must improve with the same resources and the same staff members. The good news is that the most important things in school may turn out to be free. Money cannot buy the single most important factor contributing to student achievement: the teacher-student relationship. The reality is that no school can truly improve unless it can continually improve the teaching and learning process. Responsible change always leads directly to the classroom, because it is in the classroom where the business of school--teaching and learning--takes place. This article discusses the short- and long-term strategies that schools must have in order to be high-performing. In the short run, school leaders can directly affect the quantity of learning time by focusing on bell-to-bell instruction and using an instructional delivery model to frame the classroom experience. In the long run, school leaders must also improve the quality of instruction by building the capacity of teachers to meet individual students' learning needs.
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Language: English
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