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

Personalized Adult and Student Learning

Personalized adult and student learning

“It was a PD pinnacle,” Principal Navarro recounts.

Together the special education teacher and principal had created an Individual Pupil Education Plan (IPEP, see page 58), for each student. The principal made a spreadsheet to organize a range of data points that frame the IPEP. “We wanted to look at grades, English Language Learning test scores, reflections on 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents, and other assessment results,” Mr. Navarro said. This was a Data Day. “Data Days are PD days dedicated to data analysis and the creation of lessons and action plans based on that data. Every five weeks, the week after grades are due, we get together as a whole school and as grade-level teams and ...

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