“This book continually comes back to the relationships formed between students and staff. Using an array of statistics and personal observations, Peters calls upon the heart and the conscience of the educator when asking you to ‘bring your best’ every day into the classroom.”

—From the Foreword by Alan M. Blankstein

Motivate educators in a collaborative endeavor to bring about real change in schools and classrooms!

Reflecting Stephen G. Peters' motivational workshops, this resource provides practical guidelines for influencing school culture and inspiring higher student performance based on understanding today's learners. The book provides strategies and tested techniques that have transformed struggling schools into national and state blue-ribbon winners. The author, well-known for creating the “Gentleman's Club,” invites students who are considered at risk to participate in the decision-making process of school change. Eloquently illustrating the immediate need for improvement in our schools, this resource covers: The expanded roles for educators leading change initiatives; The reasons why many students do not perform well; Practical, specific tips for turning a vision for change into a school's reality

Principals and teacher leaders will welcome this unique approach that can bring about meaningful transformations in students, teachers, and entire school communities.

Measuring Results That Count

Measuring results that count

Effective assessment for learners involves more than adopting new assessment strategies. It involves rethinking the way curriculum, instruction, and assessment work together to improve student learning.

By the end of this chapter, in order to bring your best stuff every day, you should understand the following:

  • How to Reward Students
  • School Partnerships and Relationships

In the last 40 years, layer upon layer of tests have been added so that we now have districtwide, statewide, national, and international assessment programs operating simultaneously (Stiggins, 2002).

On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act, which required more standardized tests of every student in mathematics and reading every year in Grades three through eight. Presently, our school systems are doing everything ...

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