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
Chapter 8: Leadership and Systems
Leadership and Systems
Ms. Jaramillo at Stults Road Elementary has deep skill and a flair for differentiating. She does it in Spanish and English, while looping across grades 3 and 4. The district is providing systemic support of differentiation, offering professional learning and coaching to deepen expertise of some teachers who are already employing formative assessment practices and strategies for differentiation. The district will then expand systemwide support, in part, by helping selected teachers support colleagues at their school. All good, but the Stults Road leadership team can't wait. Leaders name the opportunity to deepen equity through differentiation practices now.
A few months into the effort, Principal Amber Leblond asks Ms. Jaramillo and other selected teachers to share the new instructional practices, and all ...