K12 learning: Better Together
Better Together: How to Leverage School Networks for Smarter Personalized and Project-Based Learning
This book profiles more than a dozen formal and informal school networks wherein district leaders, principals and teachers have worked together to implement personalized and project-based learning. Educators can find out about transforming schools and navigating these new instructional dynamics with tools and guidance on topics such as negotiating compliance and crafting a schoolwide education framework. The authors also share proven teaching models for scaled school networks, innovations for more effective collaborations and strategies for optimizing education networks.
This guide provides school leaders with a high-impact action plan to transform teaching and learning. Practical areas in which school leaders can effect change are explored, including how to streamline instruction, how to use data for school success and how to improve communication with students, staff and families. With research tips, guides to action, reflection questions and downloadable tools, the author delves into how effective curriculum, instruction and assessment help students succeed.
This blueprint for boosting student achievement focuses on implementing interdependent systems of operation and performance assessment for student-centered learning. Its recommended strategies include developing a PLC, and using data-driven instruction and collaborative teaching. The authors detail steps on how to develop: innovative teaching, a collaborative culture, a viable curriculum, standards-based grading and competency-based learning. Readers also learn to monitor effective practices through lagging indicators and quick data sources.
This book provides fundamental understanding about the testing concepts and procedures that influence education decisions. In Assessment Literacy for Educators in a Hurry, the author condenses testing complexities into six action-oriented “understandings” that focus on validity, reliability, fairness, score reporting, formative assessment and affective assessment. The author also explains how to advocate for better assessment practices and makes the case for stopping ineffective and harmful testing.