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Mendels, Pamela – Educational Leadership, 2017
As part of "The Wallace Foundation's Principal Pipeline" initiative, six districts have been working to reshape their school leadership evaluation systems to provide better and more consistent feedback to principals--and ultimately to help them grow in their jobs. In this article, Pamela Mendels, a senior editor at Wallace, describes the…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Evaluation, Feedback (Response), School Districts
Zepeda, Sally J.; Lanoue, Philip D. – Educational Leadership, 2017
Principals are tasked with being the instructional leaders in their schools--developing teacher's abilities through formal and informal classroom observations and feedback. But how can school districts ensure that principals have the skills they need to fulfill this crucial role? In Clarke County School District in Georgia, central-office leaders…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Leadership Responsibility, Administrator Qualifications
Baum, Kenneth; Krulwich, David – Educational Leadership, 2017
Why don't most well-meaning efforts to improve teaching and grow key teachers' capacity to act as instructional leaders show success? Kenneth Baum and David Krulwich think they know why: While we set up "collaborative" procedures and meetings in which teachers work together to explore effective instruction--critical friends groups, data…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Leadership, Training Methods, Communities of Practice
Steinbacher-Reed, Christina; Rotella, Sam A. – Educational Leadership, 2017
Administrators are often removed from the daily instructional realities in classrooms, while teachers aren't given enough opportunities to lead in their schools, write Christina Steinbacher-Reed and Sam A. Rotella Jr. The result is a wall that prevents the two parties from collaborating in a way that improves school culture, teaching practices,…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Collaboration, Instructional Leadership
Smith, Carol A. – Educational Leadership, 2017
School leaders rightly tend toward collaboration and consensus-building when it comes to important decisions affecting students. But there are moments when, perhaps to their own surprise, they may find themselves willing to "go to the mat" on an important decision, whether consensus has been reached or not. Smith, a professor and chair…
Descriptors: College Administration, Decision Making, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Styles
Beaton, Anne M. – Educational Leadership, 2017
Once instructional coach Anne Beaton began creating chances for teachers to get into one another's classrooms to observe and learn about different teaching styles, she realized that not only is studying one another's teaching practices as a community essential in serving students, it also lifts teachers up as leaders. Beaton knew she was learning…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Program Design, Faculty Development, Training Methods
Buehl, Doug – Educational Leadership, 2017
To understand complex disciplinary texts, students need to possess a rich store of background knowledge. But what happens if students don't have that knowledge? In this article, Doug Buehl explores frontloading strategies that can bridge the gap between what students know and what they need to know to comprehend a disciplinary text. He outlines…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Writing Assignments, Maps, Vocabulary
Bambrick-Santoyo, Paul; Chiger, Stephen – Educational Leadership, 2017
Part of helping students learn to read critically and with comprehension is guiding them to use writing to help think through the content and clarify what they understand--or don't. Looking at students' writing also helps teachers see how much learners are really understanding in their reading and where exactly any learner is struggling. After…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Writing (Composition), Teaching Methods, Figurative Language
Shanahan, Timothy; Shanahan, Cynthia – Educational Leadership, 2017
One of the most misunderstood parts of the Common Core State Standards is the section on literacy standards for history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. To help reduce some of the lingering confusion about these disciplinary literacy standards, Timothy and Cynthia Shanahan offer responses to a number of Frequently Asked Questions.…
Descriptors: Literacy, History Instruction, Social Studies, Science Instruction
Cutler, Kay M.; Moeller, Mary R. – Educational Leadership, 2017
"In many ways, images are the vehicle of comprehension, thought, and action. We integrate parts of images, we remember images, we manipulate images." This quote from James E. Zull clarifies the rationale for a discussion protocol called Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), in which teachers focus students' attention on an image and ask…
Descriptors: Visual Learning, Thinking Skills, Learning Strategies, Teaching Methods
Gilmore, Barry – Educational Leadership, 2017
Barry Gilmore, a principal at Hutchinson School in Memphis, Tennessee, has set out to create a culture of literacy at his school. In this article, he outlines 10 steps for fostering such an environment. Among other recommendations: publicly celebrate reading, create channels for booksharing, read and write across content areas, value disciplinary…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, School Culture, Educational Environment, Reading Instruction
Reisman, Abby – Educational Leadership, 2017
In this article, Abby Reisman offers four instructional practices that educators can use to help students grapple with history's contradictions and engage in meaningful text-based discussions. Reisman details two suggestions that can be used in history classrooms and across the disciplines: orient students to one another and orient students to the…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Reader Text Relationship, Social Studies
Ehrenworth, Mary – Educational Leadership, 2017
With the massive amounts of conflicting information and opinion bombarding us from all sides today, it has never been more important to teach young people to suspend judgment, to weigh evidence, and to consider multiple perspectives. Teaching students the craft of argument writing--not only in language arts classes, but also in social studies,…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Teaching Methods, Debate, Oral Language
Rasinski, Timothy; Padak, Nancy; Newton, Joanna – Educational Leadership, 2017
Wide vocabulary knowledge is associated with proficiency in reading comprehension and scores on tests involving comprehension. Yet assessments show that U.S. students at various grade levels have demonstrated no improvement in their vocabulary knowledge since 2009. Literacy expert Timothy Rasinski and colleagues argue that students need improved…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, Instructional Improvement
Lemov, Doug – Educational Leadership, 2017
Recent research shows that reading comprehension relies heavily on prior knowledge. Far more than generic "reading skills" like drawing inferences, making predictions, and knowing the function of subheads, how well students learn from a nonfiction text depends on their background knowledge of the text's subject matter. And in a cyclical…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Nonfiction, Fiction, Prior Learning
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