Teaching As Leadership : The Highly Effective Teacher's Guide to Closing the Achievement Gap

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2/2/2010
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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A road map for teachers who strive to be highly effective leaders in our nation's classrooms

Teach For America has fought the daunting battle of educational equity for the last twenty years. Based on evidence from classrooms across the country, they've discovered much about effective teaching practice, and distilled these findings into the six principles presented in this book.

The Teaching As Leadership framework inspires teachers to: Set Big Goals; Invest Students and Their Families; Plan Purposefully; Execute Effectively; Continuously Increase Effectiveness; Work Relentlessly. The results are better educational outcomes for our nation's children, particularly those who live in low-income communities.

-Inspires educators to be leaders in their classrooms and schools

-Demystifies what it means to be an effective teacher, describes key elements of practice and provides a clear vision of success

-Addresses the challenges every teacher, in every classroom, faces on a daily basis

An accompanying website includes a wealth of tools, videos, sample lessons, discussion boards, and case studies.

Praise for Teaching as Leadership

"Eliminating our nation's unjust achievement gap and providing schools where all children can learn is part of the unfinished business of the Civil Rights Movement and of our nation. Teach For America is dedicated to this goalŚand this new book is a terrific resource that shares the valuable lessons learned from studying highly effective teachers and successful classrooms across the country."-Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund

"Every teacher, principal, and superintendent should read this book. Over the last two years, we have seen our students' reading, writing, and math skills improve significantly. The principles outlined in Teaching As Leadership have played a critical role in our progress."-AndrÚs Alonso, chief executive officer, Baltimore City Schools

"By assessing the actions of highly effective teachers in some of America's most challenging teaching environments, Teach For America outlines key strategies to close the achievement gapŚinvesting in students and their families, planning purposefully, and working relentlessly. This inspiring book will inform the work of everyone engaged in the training and support of teachers in high-poverty schools."-Kathleen McCartney, dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education and Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development

"For new teachers, there is no substitute for getting into a classroom and suffering the pain and frustration of finding what works best for them. This book, however, offers new teachers a resource sure to make those first months a little less difficult. Teaching As Leadership assembles wisdom from dozens of successful Teach For America teachers, addressing every problem one could imagine. This is a smart gift for the new teacher in your family."-Jay Mathews, Washington Post education columnist and author, Work Hard. Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America

"From its very beginnings, Teach For America has invested more energy in understanding effective teaching than any teacher preparation program I know. And year after year, they have fed that information back into their own selection processes and teacher supports with a single goal: producing more teachers who can change the life chances of poor children. With this book, they have distilled what they are learningŚalong with relevant researchŚinto a guide that is at once both fabulously readable and highly practical. If I had three thumbs, they would all be pointed up."-Kati Haycock, president, Education Trust

"Teaching As Leadership works. This is the approach taken by teachers who lead diverse students to great academic achievements."-Beverly Hall, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools and 2009 National Superintendent of the Year

Author Biography

Steven Farr leads Teach For America’s efforts to discern what distinguishes teachers whose students in low-income communities achieve dramatic academic growth. Those findings inform the organization’s teacher selection, training, and support. Farr also works to build the organization’s knowledge by learning from and sharing with other organizations working toward educational equity.

Table of Contents

Set Big Goals
Foundations of Effective Goal Setting
Inspiring Strong Results with Measurable Outcomes
Inspiring High Performance with High Expectations
Leading with Students' Needs and Interests
Inside the Minds of Great Goal-Setters: The Qualities of Effective Big Goals
What Measurable Academic Progress Should My Students Achieve?
What Traits and Mindsets Will Best Serve My Students?
What Pathways to Student Opportunity Should Inform My Big Goal?
What Student Interests and Motivations Could Shape the Big Goal?
Conclusion: Key Ideas and Next Questions
˘Why Do People Set Big Goals?": From the Ms. Lora Story
Invest Students and Their Families
Two Key Elements of Investment
Shaping Students' Mindsets: ˘I Can" and ˘I Want"
Collaborating With Students' Families and Influencers
Strategies for Investing Students
Creating a Welcoming Environment to Increase Student Investment
Developing a Culture of Achievement
Investing Students through Instruction and Learning
Conclusion: Key Ideas and Next Questions
˘What If You're Wrong?": From the Ms. Lora Story
Plan Purposefully
The Foundation of Purposeful Planning
Developing Your Vision of Success
Translating Your Vision Into a Well-Designed Assessment
Mapping Out a Vision-Aligned Plan
Three Forms of Classroom Plans
Long-term Planning: Year-long and Unit Plans
Lessons Plans
Classroom Management Plans
Conclusion: Key Ideas and Next Questions
˘It Still Tastes Good": From the Ms. Lora Story
Execute Effectively
Three Key Elements of Effective Execution
Doing Well What Must Be Done
Insisting on Seeing Reality
Adjusting Course as Circumstances Change
What Effective Execution Looks Like in the Classroom
Effectively Communicating Key Ideas
Coordinating Student Practice
Checking For Understanding
Tracking Progress
Maximizing Efficiency with Organization and Routine
Asserting Authority
Conclusion: Key Ideas and Next Questions
˘Light Monitor. Form Collector. Plant Manager.": From the Ms. Lora Story
Continuously Increasing Improvement
Foundations of Continuous Improvement
Effective Teaching is a Learnable Skill
˘In God We Trust. Everyone Else Bring Data."
We Drive Our Own Improvement
No Teacher is an Island
A Cycle of Reflection that Leads to Increased Effectiveness
Conclusion: Key Ideas and Next Questions
˘This Was My Summer School Seat.": From the Ms. Lora Story
Working Relentlessly
We Control Our Students' Success and Failure
Working Relentlessly in Action
Maintaining High Expectations
Expanding Time and Resources
Expanding Your Influence
Sustaining this Work Over Time
Conclusion: Key Ideas and Next Questions
˘You Are Going to be Totally Handsome in them." From the Ms. Lora Story
About the Authors
Teaching As Leadership Rubric
About Teach For America
Our Approach to Teacher Development
How We Learn From Our Teachers
Teacher Index
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