Karin Chenoweth tackles issues surrounding disadvantaged students and elevates them from the classroom level to the school level. Based on research in nearly two dozen high performance, high poverty schools, Chenoweth constructs a model of how schools can reach disadvantaged students.
Authors Marsha Ing and Kenneth Montgomery discuss one school district’s attempt to use classroom visits to improve instruction. They argue that instructional observations can improve instruction, but offer guidelines for observations after discussing the shortcomings in the district’s experimental practices.
In “Calling All Frequent Flyers,” Greene proposes a new system for dealing with what he calls “frequent flyers”: students who must frequently see school administration for disciplinary issues.
Jane L. David examines the research around drastic methods of school reform such as firing principals and teachers or closing failing schools. Ultimately, she recommends multiple coordinated strategies tailored to the school’s particular circumstances and constant review and revision.
Hayagreeva Rao stresses the importance of properly designing a job to avoid hiring the wrong people for the wrong reasons. He argues that when designing a job, it should either involve star tasks (strategic work) or guardian tasks (operational work).
Psychologist Peg Dawson suggests that children who struggle in school despite strong cognitive skills may be deficit in executive skills, not lazy. She suggests a number of strategies to help students develop executive skills.
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey suggest educators create purpose statements for each lesson to make the purpose very clear.
John Larmer and John R. Mergendoller advocate student-driven projects. To facilitate such projects, the authors propose that every teacher make sure he or she includes the seven essential elements of project-based learning in every long-term assignment.
Authors Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher assert that teachers pay attention to these indicators of productive group work and suggest ways to ensure them…
Linda Darling-Hammond explores Finland’s successful educational reforms and the lessons from it that can be applied in the United States.