Five Big Ideas: Leading Total Instructional Alignment

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The sequel to Total Instructional Alignment, this book peels back the complex layers of the change process to reveal the five big ideas at the core of successful schools. Five Big Ideas shows how focusing on these foundational ideas can simplify decision-making and help eliminate many of the petty day-to-day distractions that do little to promote effective teaching and learning. Teachers and administrators alike will appreciate author Lisa Carter's straightforward approach to ...
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Overview

The sequel to Total Instructional Alignment, this book peels back the complex layers of the change process to reveal the five big ideas at the core of successful schools. Five Big Ideas shows how focusing on these foundational ideas can simplify decision-making and help eliminate many of the petty day-to-day distractions that do little to promote effective teaching and learning. Teachers and administrators alike will appreciate author Lisa Carter's straightforward approach to making sense of school improvement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934009239
  • Publisher: Solution Tree
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 975,010
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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About the Author vii Preface ix Introduction 1 School Improvement vs. School Transformation 2 Developing a Shared Vision 4 Developing a Shared Sense of Organizational Purpose 7 Organizing for Transformation and Change 9 About This Book 9 Big Idea 1 Institutionalize the Total Instructional Alignment Process 13 Alignment of the System 15 Alignment of Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment 18 Alignment of Instructional Practices 19 A Conceptual Model for Understanding Total Instructional Alignment 20 From a Good Idea to Institutionalization 24 Total Instructional Alignment Creates Equal Opportunity to Learn 29 Conclusion 30 Big Idea 2 Create a Totally Effective Learning Environment 31 People and Processes 32 What Is a Totally Effective Learning Environment? 33 Conclusion 41 Big Idea 3 Focus on the Quality of the Teacher 43 Quality Teachers Make Complex Jobs Look Easy 44 Quality Teachers Make Quality Decisions 45 Quality Teachers Deliver Quality Instruction 46 Quality Teachers Actively Engage Learners in Learning 49 Quality Teachers Inspire Students and Learning 50 For Quality Teachers, Success Means Student Success 52 Quality Teachers Show Genuine Care and Concern 53 Attract, Recruit, Hire, and Retain Quality Teachers 54 Provide Opportunities for Quality Teachers to Grow and Develop 55 Develop Quality Teacher Leaders at All Levels 55 Conclusion 56 Big Idea 4 Redesign and Align Time for Learning 59 Creating a New System of Education 62 The Research on Aptitude 64 Opportunity to Learn 66 Ways to Increase Time on Learning 69 Conclusion 78 Big Idea 5 Learn and Adjust Based on Data 81 Why Is Data Important? 82 Using Assessment Data 84 Data and Classroom Instruction 85 Data and the Work of theProfessional Learning Community 90 Disaggregation of Data 92 Managing the Data Mountain 94 Flexibility and Change 95 Conclusion 96 Conclusion: Leadership and the Five Big Ideas 99 The Top of the Puzzle Box 100 Five Big Leadership Ideas 101 Five Big Leadership Characteristics 105 Conclusion 109 References and Resources 113
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