Lead between the lines– evaluate Ed policies to emphasize the positives and minimize the negatives Although educational reform is intended for positive change, sometimes it misses the mark. However, when school leaders capitalize on the positive aspects of reforms they can strategize to ensure the best outcomes for students. Christopher Tienken, professor and international speaker, shares his insights on how to identify both positive and negative aspects of education reform to maximize the benefits for students. This book introduces a practical framework for interpreting educational reform within an evidence-based practice, and provides thoughtful ways to finesse results out of challenging policies. Designed for use on the ground level, this book features: • Seven specific creative compliance strategies to maximize student and educator success • Case studies that illustrate how to critique reforms and take action • Reflective questions to guide evaluation and application • Ethical decision-making checklist Analyzing both successful and unsuccessful reform ideas from the past, this book champions creative compliance and how to lead innovatively/judiciously.

Case Study 5 : Problem- and Project-Based Learning

Case Study 5

This case presents a general critique of the promising practice of problem- and project-based learning (PBL) and provides school leaders with ways PBL can be promoted and used effectively. John Dewey (1916) suggested that the best type of teaching is found in lessons that connect the nature of knowledge, academic/social/emotional content, to students’ life experiences, passions, and interests through active learning experiences. He went on to say that the best method of instruction is when educators “give students something to do instead of something to learn” (p. 455). Dewey explained that curricula and instruction that treat each lesson as an independent experience, separate from other lessons and content, and unrelated to the interests or ...

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