Foreword by Deborah Meier
Preface: Lessons Learned From Experience
A “New” Take in School Improvement
What Makes This Book Distinctive
About the Authors
1. What are common practices in schools?
What We Found in Classrooms
Truths Hidden in Plain View
Are There “Best Practices” in Teaching?
Bringing Best Practices to Scale
Are Some Practices Better Than Others?
The Poverty of Prescribing Best Practices
2. What distinguishes quality teaching?
Three Classrooms, Three Practitioners
A Simple Truth Hidden in Plain View
Why Teachers Are Frustrated
What Is Quality Teaching?
Observing High-Quality Teaching
3. How do we learn about the quality of our teaching?
How to Make the Case for an Emphasis on Teacher Quality
Three Leadership Requirements
Defining Quality Teaching
How to Engage School Personnel in Devising a Vision of Quality Instruction
Some Rudiments of Quality Teaching
The Importance of Curriculum Coherence
The Current State of Teaching in Your School
How to Evaluate the Quality of Teaching in Your School
4. What should induction and mentoring look like?
Basic Components of a Teacher Mentor Program
Facing Critical Junctures Together
Planning for New Teachers’ Success
5. What should professional development look like?
What We Know About Professional Development
The Disregarded Truths of Professional Development
The Components of a Professional Learning Culture
Building Blocks of Professional Learning
Leading Professional Learning Communities
6. How can teacher evaluaiton become more meaningful?
“Drive-By” Teacher Evaluation
7. How can we sustain a culture of exceptional instruction?
Ten Actions to Sustain High-Quality Teaching
Sanctity of the Classroom
Envisioning Quality Teaching
Right People in Right Places
Clear and Timely Communication
Standards for Professional Conduct
Reflection and Continuous Improvement
Ongoing Professional Dialogues
8. How do we face our leadership challenges?
Building Principal’s Knowledge
Influencing Resistant Teachers
A. How Can You Spot a Really Good Teacher?
B. Framework for Observing Classes
C. Student Forum Questions
D. Teacher Interview Questions