Teaching Matters Most: A School Leaders Guide to Improving Classroom Instruction Book

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A laser-beam focus on improving instruction to improve learning. Saying teaching matters most is easy and seems obvious. Making it the top priority for school leaders and staff is not so easyin fact, its messy. If schools are to change how students write, compute and think, then teachers must change how they teach. They must transform the old assign-and-assess model into engaging, compassionate, coherent and rigorous instruction. The authors show school leaders how to make this happen amidst myriad distractions, initiatives and interruptions.

Unlike other books that stop at evaluating teachers and instruction, this work demonstrates how to grow schools instructional capacities with a three-step process that involves:

  • Envisioning what good teaching looks like
  • Measuring the quality of current instruction against this standard
  • Working relentlessly to move the quality of instruction closer and closer to the ideal

The authors provide helpful guidance on issues such as hiring, induction, professional development, mentoring and teacher evaluation. Each chapter offers specific action steps toward building the blueprint for improvement. Also included are frameworks for completing instructional audits in schools and probes, instruments and protocols for measuring and tracking the quality of instruction. Leaders will find excellent guidance for spearheading and sustaining a focused and aligned effort to improve the quality of teaching to impact all learners.

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword by Deborah Meier
  • Preface: Lessons Learned From Experience
  • What are common practices in schools?
  • What distinguishes quality teaching?
  • How do we learn about the quality of our teaching?
  • What should induction and mentoring look like?
  • What should professional development look like?
  • How can teacher evaluation become more meaningful?
  • How can we sustain a culture of exceptional instruction?
  • How do we face our leadership challenges?
  • Resources
  • References
  • Index
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