High-achieving students and teachers—winning strategies from Title I schools!

What makes a Title I school high-achieving, and what can we all learn from that experience? Professional learning and leadership that supports personalized instruction makes the difference, as captured in the ground-breaking research of authors Sonia Caus Gleason and Nancy Gerzon.

This illuminating book shows how four outstanding schools are making individualized learning a reality for every teacher and student. The common thread is the commitment to equity—every student achieving. Readers will find: Guidance on identifying obstacles to equity within your school; Background that builds a case for personalized learning; Four case studies that show the lived values, professional learning practices, leadership, and systems that have helped schools transform learning; How-to's and templates for creating a team-based professional development program that expands individualized instruction in every classroom

Discover new approaches for individual, team, and whole school professional learning that support personalized learning, drawn from schools that are leaders in overcoming challenges and creating opportunities.

“Equity is not an afterthought to high achievement. Gleason and Gerzon's new book on outstanding equity-driven practice in four very different schools shows that if you want to raise the bar you have to start by narrowing the gap.”

—Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education

Boston College

Heat and Light: Tusculum View Elementary School (PreK–5), Greeneville, Tennessee

Heat and Light: Tusculum view elementary school (prek–5), greeneville, tennessee

A fourth-grade boy arrives new to school. He is reading at first-grade level. The special education teacher scaffolds his learning supports and works with the classroom teacher so he can be in the regular education classroom. Yet he shows no interest in reading. After months, he one day stands by her shoulder as she does a read aloud. He comes alive with a story about airplanes and aircraft carriers. The teacher recognizes the moment. She immediately taps her grade-level team and the librarian to help locate high-interest, leveled books on aviation. Together, the educators also develop additional reading strategies to support him. How else to seize ...

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