Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments

Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments

by Heidi Hayes Jacobs


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Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments by Heidi Hayes Jacobs

As a must-have reference for busy teachers with little special education training, this book supplies classroom-tested instructional strategies that address the characteristics of and challenges faced by students with special n

What will it take to create truly contemporary learning environments that meet the demands of 21st-century society, engage learners, and produce graduates who are prepared to succeed in the world? What skills and capacities do teachers and leaders need to create and sustain such schools? What actions are necessary?

Bold Moves for Schools offers a compelling vision that answers these questions—and action steps to make the vision a reality. Looking through the lenses of three pedagogies—antiquated, classical, and contemporary—authors Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Marie Hubley Alcock examine every aspect of K-12 education, including curriculum, instruction, assessment, and the program structures of space—both physical and virtual—time, and grouping of learners and professionals. In a new job description for teachers, Jacobs and Alcock highlight and expound on the following roles:

  • self-navigating professional learner,
  • social contractor,
  • media critic and media maker,
  • innovative designer,
  • globally connected citizen, and
  • advocate for learners and learning.

With thought-provoking proposals and practical strategies for change, Bold Moves for Schools sets educators on the path to redefining their profession and creating exciting new learning environments. The challenge is unprecedented. The possibilities are unlimited.

Dozens of differentiated strategies target teachers' anxieties and provide responsive interventions that can be used to address specifics of IEPs and learning plans.

With Building on the Strengths of Students with Special Needs, special education expert Toby Karten focuses on specific disabilities and inclusive curriculum scenarios for learners in K–12 environments. She offers valuable advice on how to prevent labels from capping student potential and encouragement to help teachers continually improve learner outcomes.

By highlighting more than a dozen disability labels, this resource walks teachers through the process of reinforcing, motivating, scaffolding, and planning for instruction that targets learners of all ability levels. Included are details relevant to each disability:

  • Possible Causes
  • Characteristics and Strengths
  • Classroom Implications
  • Inclusion Strategies

Typical instruction needs to match the diversity of atypical learners without viewing any disability as a barrier that impedes student achievement. Teachers must not only learn how to differentiate their approach and target specific student strengths but also maintain a positive attitude and belief that all students are capable of achieving self-efficacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416623052
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date: 02/17/2017
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 77,298
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Refreshed Pedagogy for the Contemporary Learner
2. A New Job Description: The Capacities of a Contemporary Teacher and Professional Learner
3. Challenging Curriculum and Assessment: Portals to Creating Contemporary Quests
4. Transitioning from "Old School" to a Contemporary Learning Environment
5. Lateral Leadership: A Contemporary Partnership Model
6. Contemporary Assessment Systems: Policymaking and Accountability for Innovation Chapter
7. A Contemporary Profession: Bold Moves to Formal Commitments
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