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Liou, Daniel D.; Deits Cutler, Kelly – Educational Leadership, 2023
Education leaders play a fundamental role in shaping curricular expectations and students' access to books, write education professors Daniel Liou and Kelly Deits Cutler. But it's not easy to know how to respond when leaders are under intense political pressure to pull a book (or topic) from the proverbial shelves. Liou and Deits Cutler share five…
Descriptors: Books, Censorship, Intellectual Freedom, Access to Information
Northern, Amber M.; Polikoff, Morgan – Educational Leadership, 2023
Popular online teacher curriculum sites offer time-strapped teachers lesson ideas and supplemental curriculum--but are these high-quality materials? Researchers Amber Northern and Morgan Polikoff examined several hundred of the most downloaded teacher materials for quality, depth of knowledge, and diversity--and the results might surprise you.
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Standards, Diversity, Media Selection
Nerlino, Erin – Educational Leadership, 2023
English language arts teacher Erin Nerlino describes how educators can align their instructional materials with the topics and issues that most interest students today. Nerlino offers six tenets to revise curricula in ways that help capture learners' attention and fuel engagement--all of which emphasize purposeful teaching materials that encourage…
Descriptors: Teacher Developed Materials, Curriculum Development, Student Interests, Learner Engagement
Jacobs, Heidi Hayes; Zmuda, Allison – Educational Leadership, 2023
Curriculum storyboards frame learning in clear, compelling ways for students and caregivers. By presenting curricula narratively, students can better grasp connections among concepts and picture learning as a process. Authors and education consultants Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison Zmuda share how educators can use storyboarding as a tool to…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Visual Aids, Curriculum, Educational Technology
Schmoker, Mike – Educational Leadership, 2023
Creating a coherent, high-quality curriculum--one that all teachers in a school or department use--can narrow gaps and raise overall achievement. Mike Schmoker makes the case for the primacy of curriculum and describes a process teacher teams can use to create a common, high-quality curriculum.
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Curriculum Development, Teacher Developed Materials, Elementary Secondary Education
Miles, Sarah; Pope, Denise; Villeneuve, Jennifer Curry; Selby, Samantha T. – Educational Leadership, 2022
In the past two years, schools have faced the herculean task of attending to students' physical and mental well-being while attempting to engage them in meaningful learning. An important aspect of improving and sustaining the well-being of an entire school community is to make changes at the system level. In times of chaos and uncertainty, people…
Descriptors: Well Being, School Schedules, Middle Schools, High Schools
Johnson, Mona M. – Educational Leadership, 2022
Teaching during a pandemic, with a constant need to invent or learn new ways to instruct and reach students, has been traumatic for many educators. Teachers are feeling burnout, moral injury, and compassion fatigue. School leaders can move teachers--and school systems--toward post traumatic growth by making four shifts to create organizational…
Descriptors: Caring, COVID-19, Pandemics, Trauma
Educational Leadership, 2022
When classroom observations are grounded in curiosity, they're more likely to give teachers the feedback they need--and want, write Sean Conner and Jennifer Froehle. Thoughtful questioning (over telling and directing) prompts teachers to construct their own understanding of strengths, needs, and next steps.
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Feedback (Response), Teacher Evaluation, Formative Evaluation
Arcuri, Ben; Dueck, Myron – Educational Leadership, 2022
Quizzes and tests don't count as feedback if educators and students can't act upon the information they provide. Two educators share simple tweaks to their quizzes and tests that helped them both get better feedback about their teaching and give better feedback to their students.
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Feedback (Response), Student Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
McTighe, Jay; Frontier, Tony – Educational Leadership, 2022
Well-crafted rubrics create a shared language that lets teachers and students work together. Rubrics are typically used to judge the level of students' understanding and skills or quality of a product. High-quality rubrics can also give students and teachers feedback to improve teaching and learning. Authors define "effective" feedback…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Scoring Rubrics, Student Evaluation, Teacher Student Relationship
Leisen, Matthew – Educational Leadership, 2022
In theory, rubrics are useful because they inform students of their level of achievement, providing detailed descriptions of a range of evaluation criteria. Teachers know it's best practice to continually update and tweak their rubrics in response to student performance and feedback. But the question remains: do students actually use these…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Written Language, Positive Attitudes, Learning Processes
Housiaux, Andrew; Dickson, Bowman – Educational Leadership, 2022
Teachers spend tremendous amounts of time giving students feedback and grades. Their efforts fill weekends, late nights, and planning periods. The time they spend correcting student misconceptions, engaging with their thoughts, and coaching them toward deeper intellectual work is often deeply intertwined with their identity as educators. In their…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Misconceptions, Teacher Student Relationship, Reflection
David-Lang, Jenn – Educational Leadership, 2022
To create genuine feedback channels for their work, school leaders have to develop attitudes and structures to encourage conversation. School leaders benefit from feedback--but they are often the last to receive it. Educational consultant Jenn David-Lang argues that opening these channels for communication starts with developing the necessary…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Interpersonal Communication, Administrator Attitudes, Principals
Silver, Harvey F.; Boutz, Abigail L.; McTighe, Jay – Educational Leadership, 2022
Infusing five processes into assignments can help students hone the skills they'll need to address complex problems. The world students will enter is full of complex, unpredictable problems--and students will need sophisticated thinking skills to cope. The authors unpack five thinking processes students need to internalize through opportunities in…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Cognitive Processes, Inquiry, Design
Yu, Julie; Sanderson, Bill W.; Fong, Jennifer; Wentworth, Laura – Educational Leadership, 2022
When San Francisco implemented a new policy to improve graduation rates and college enrollment, district officials realized their work was only beginning. San Francisco Unified School District revamped its college-ready graduation policy in 2009, hoping to increase the likelihood that students would graduate with the necessary courses to go to a…
Descriptors: Graduation Requirements, College Readiness, Graduation Rate, College Attendance
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