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  • Guskey, Thomas R. & Bailey, Jame M. (2010). Developing standards-based report cards. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. Providing a clear framework, this volume helps school leaders align assessment and reporting practices with standards-based education and develop more detailed reports of children’s learning and progress.

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  • Jennings, Matthew J. (2012). Teaching for Results: Best Practices in Integrating Co-Teaching and Differentiated Instruction. Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield. Collaborative teaching has the potential to improve the performance of both students and teachers. However, this method is not regularly capitalized on in many schools because teachers who are assigned to coteach often lack task-specific knowledge and skills which would better prepare them. Fortunately, these skills can be learned. In addition to establishing a solid foundation of teamwork skills, Teaching for Results explains how to use the structure of coteaching to practically and effectively implement differentiated instruction in classrooms. This essential guide demonstrates how to use best practices in differentiated instruction in order to effectively co-manage, assess, plan and instruct a diverse group of learners in any general education classroom.

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  • Marzano, Robert J. (2003). What Works in Schools: Translating Research into Action. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. Any school in the United States can operate at advanced levels of effectiveness — if it is willing to implement what is known about effective schooling. “If we follow the guidance offered from 35 years of research,” says author Robert J. Marzano, “we can enter an era of unprecedented effectiveness for the public practice of education.” In What Works in Schools, Marzano synthesizes that research to provide clear and unequalled insight into the nature of schooling.

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  • Marzano, Robert J. & Kendall, John S. (2008). Designing and Assessing Educational Objectives: Applying the New Taxonomy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. This publication reviews the framework and basic principles of Marzano’s new taxonomy and illustrates how educators can utilize the model to assess student performance on a broad scale or for a specific unit of instruction or grading period. The book explores objectives and tasks for each of the six levels of mental processing — retrieval, comprehension, analysis, knowledge utilization, metacognition and self-system thinking.

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  • Smith-Collins, Searetha. (2012). An Agenda for Equity: Responding to the Needs of Diverse Learners. Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield. This book examines how a successful school improvement process must address teaching and learning from the perspective of the students. It provides a pathway from a series of disjointed school improvement initiatives to an evaluative process that can impact the outcomes of public education for each student. The book is philosophical yet practical, reflective yet vigorous, and guides the reader from planning through practice. It changes the journey from the static “one size fits all” approach to one of actively examining school data, providing targeted and appropriate instruction, and engaging and supporting each student to achieve maximum learning.

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  • Reeves, Douglas B. (2008). Reframing Teacher Leadership to Improve Your School. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. Does the school or district need to truly become a learning organization? How can it foster lasting and meaningful change? How can it avoid rejection of a new approach to teaching and learning? Teachers who have been involved in a school-change effort, most likely have struggled with these questions. To ease this struggle, Reeves has proposed a new framework to promote effective change efforts through teacher leadership. In this book, explore not only cutting-edge research findings, but also practical applications that can help improve student achievement and educational equity. Discover how to achieve lasting results as an educator and school leader. Learn from other teacher researchers how to infuse the classroom, school or district with enthusiasm, meaningful teaching, improved results and greater satisfaction.

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  • Richardson, Judith & Mero, Dianne. (2011). Making the Mathematics Curriculum Count: A Guide for Middle Level and High School Principals. Reston, VA: NASSP. This book will provide principals with the tools they need to lead a schoolwide initiative toward mathematics proficiency. Quantitative literacy — or numeracy — is not the exclusive domain of the math department, the authors argue, but a set of cognitive and computational skills that cuts across the content areas. A series of carefully crafted templates will walk principals through the process of collecting and analyzing data to provide a foundation for numeracy improvement.

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  • Barton, Rhonda & Klump, Jennifer. (July 2008). Improving writing in secondary schools. Principal’s Research Review , v3 n4. (NASSP member only resource)

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  • Flynn, Kathleen & Miller, Kristen. (January 2008). Learning the Language of the Classroom: Academic English for Nonnative Speakers. Principal’s Research Review, v3 n1. (NASSP member only resource)

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  • Knuth, Eric & Ellis, Amy. (March 2009). Building a Foundation for Success in Secondary School Mathematics. Principal’s Research Review, v4 n 2. (NASSP member only resource)

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  • O’Connor, Ken. (January 2009). Reforming Grading Practices in Secondary Schools. Principal’s Research Review, v4 n 1. (NASSP member only resource)

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  • Protheroe, Nancy. (January 2012). Learning to Write and Writing to Learn. Principal’s Research Review, v7 n 1. (NASSP member only resource)

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  • Protheroe, Nancy. (September 2010). Supporting English Language Learners. Principal’s Research Review, v5 n 5. (NASSP member only resource)

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  • Protheroe, Nancy. (March 2010). Response to Intervention in Secondary Schools. Principal’s Research Review, v5 n 2. (NASSP member only resource)

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  • Saleh, Amany. (March 2008). Debunking Myths in Brain Research. Principal’s Research Review, v3 n2. (NASSP member only resource)

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  • Stepanek, Jennifer; Leong, Melinda & Barton, Rhonda. (November 2008). Improving Mathematics Through Lesson Study. Principal’s Research Review, v3 n6. (NASSP member only resource)

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