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Schools that Make the Grade: What Successful Schools Do to Improve Student Achievement (Paperback)
  • Schools that Make the Grade: What Successful Schools Do to Improve Student Achievement (Paperback)

Schools that Make the Grade: What Successful Schools Do to Improve Student Achievement (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 30/06/2011
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What turns a good school into a great school? With today's schools under enormous pressure to make adequate yearly progress (AYP), the answers are more important than ever-and this essential guidebook gives K-12 administrators and educators scores of proven, concrete strategies to help their school succeed.

Authors Martin Ratcliffe and Melissa Harts are veteran educators who have who have collective in-the-trenches experience ranging from classroom teaching to district-level administration. Pooling their expertise and the invaluable insights of other frontline professionals, they help education teams work together on seven critical success factors that directly correlate with student achievement, from high expectations to frequent progress monitoring. For each success factor, readers will getdozens of proven, research-based strategies that are aligned to meet federal requirements for school improvementspecific best practices tailored for teachers, principals, and district-level administrators, so all members of the education team can do their part to improve student achievementtips for working with diverse students, including students with special needs and English language learnerskey research studies demonstrating the importance of each factorpersonal stories and perspectives from successful teachers, supervisors, administrators, and principals
Throughout the book, readers will follow documented case studies of real schools. They'll investigate the diverse approaches these schools took to each of the seven success factors, discover what worked and didn't work, and take away valuable lessons they can implement in their own schools.

An indispensable survival guide to the era of accountability, this groundbreaking book gives schools real-world solutions to the challenges of today's educational climate-and helps teachers, principals, and administrators prepare all of their students for long-term academic success.

Put these seven success factors to work in your school:Foster positive home-school relationsKeep students engaged and motivated to learn in the time givenCreate a climate of high expectationsDevelop a clear and focused missionMonitor student progress frequentlyReceive strong and effective instructional leadership from the principalEnsure a safe and orderly environment

Publisher: Brookes Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781598570908
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm

"Demonstrate[s] the research in action, while providing action items for all levels of personnel in schools."--Elizabeth A. Potts, Ph.D."University of Virginia" (04/29/2011)
"In this time of high stakes assessments and accountability, I see no greater resource to schools than Schools that Make the Grade." --Timothy P. Madigan, Ph.D.

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