Improving Student Learning When Budgets Are Tight

Improving Student Learning When Budgets Are Tight

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A how-to manual for achieving excellence despite budget cuts

How do you stay focused on increasing student learning when budget cuts threaten everything you are striving for? This book offers a comprehensive framework to enhance student achievement in good times and in bad. School reform expert Allan R. Odden outlines a school improvement action plan focused sharply on student learning and then shows how to target resources to implement each strategy in that plan. More than just a “theory” book, this text describes concrete, specific actions that can be taken immediately. Key strategies include

Using data to support boosting student performance; Focusing on effective instruction; Setting goals to drive resource allocation priorities; Establishing priorities for situations that require budget cuts; Hiring top teachers and providing ongoing professional development; Providing needed technology resources

Educators will find a wide range of real-life examples of schools and districts that have implemented these strategies and significantly improved student learning. Also included is research-based guidance for optimizing teacher and principal talent, teacher recruiting and hiring, online learning, and more. This book successfully communicates many years of work and offers well- grounded advice that will help educators move from financial frustration to effective action.

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