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Rahal, Michelle Layer – Educational Research Service, 2010
Wouldn't it be great if all your teachers were as good as your best? Teaching is often an isolated profession in which teachers work behind closed doors, doing their own thing. Peer coaching is a collaborative, ongoing process that can increase the effectiveness of all your teachers. This "Focus On" is designed to lead a faculty into the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Peer Teaching, Coaching (Performance), Interprofessional Relationship
Edwards, Steven W.; Chapman, Paul E. – Educational Research Service, 2009
"Six Pillars of Dynamic Schools" uncovers an often overlooked truth--effective change is the product of hard work and dedication. There is no silver bullet; no matter how many programs, software packages, or new initiatives a district uses, the magic won't just "happen." Dynamic schools result from consistent and redundant focus on the fundamental…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Best Practices, Change Strategies, Administrative Principles
Bracey, Gerald W. – Educational Research Service, 2009
Are America's schools broken? "Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality" seeks to address misconceptions about America's schools by taking on the credo "what can be measured matters." To the contrary, Dr. Bracey makes a persuasive case that much of what matters cannot be assessed on a multiple choice test. The challenge for…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Accountability
Molineaux, Rebecca – Educational Research Service, 2008
This "Focus On" discusses curriculum mapping, a process that allows educators to align the curriculum both within and across grades and to ensure that the curriculum is in line with school, local, and state standards. It outlines the steps of the curriculum mapping process from planning the mapping initiative to creating and editing curriculum…
Descriptors: State Standards, Curriculum Development, Alignment (Education), Concept Mapping