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Accelerating Student and Staff Learning : Purposeful Curriculum Collaboration - Margaret Kay Psencik

Accelerating Student and Staff Learning

Purposeful Curriculum Collaboration

By: Margaret Kay Psencik (Editor)

Paperback Published: 6th May 2009
ISBN: 9781412971461
Number Of Pages: 192

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Written for primary and secondary school administrators and teacher leaders, Accelerating Student and Staff Learning presents a powerful model for professional development centered around conversations about curriculum. The author shows how school leaders can raise student performance by focusing the attention of professional learning communities (PLCs) on curriculum design. The book emphasizes the essential role of leaders in nurturing, inspiring, and challenging PLCs to engage in the critical work of curriculum design that is built around the following activities:

- Developing common understanding of the standards and concepts students are to learn

- Developing common annual work plans or curriculum maps

- Designing aligned assessments

- Collecting and using data to differentiate instruction and extend learning opportunities for all learners

- Using the data to make ongoing modifications in the work of PLCs

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"Succulently summarizes the best practices for curriculum design with a focus on what is also best for kids. From identifying assumptions we make about student learning to communicating and reporting student growth and progress, the text offers practical and sound advice based on current practices in the field and the author's experiences." -- Mike Greenwood, District Teacher Leader
"This book on how to align curriculum and pedagogy with standards and create organizational coherence in schools to do the work will contribute to new ways of thinking and doing in schools." -- Thomas Payzant, Professor of Practice
"This is a book of action. The author calls for leaders in school communities to be bold, courageous, committed, and aggressive in the actions required to achieve desired increases in student learning. Relevant and thought-provoking assignments are contained in each chapter, challenging all those in a school community to communicate, debate, question, plan collaboratively, and reflect." -- Charles Patterson, Educational Consultant
"This book provides a hands-on guide for creating curriculum systems that bridge theory into practice for schools. Each chapter includes vignettes and reflective questions that personalize the work for learning teams while providing a recipe for long-term success, increased student achievement, and engagement in learning." -- Linda M. Reeves, Superintendent
"As a dynamic authority on staff development, Psencik shows teachers and principals how to apply a collaborative systems approach to designing professional development-the perfect resource for results-driven leaders as they develop a curriculum to meet the needs of all students." -- Diane Hodges, Managing Partner
"From determining important state standards to creating authentic curriculum/assessments and analyzing student work, this book is an essential read for administrators, teachers, and educators who want their students to successfully meet and exceed today's academic standards." -- Victor Vargara, Principal
"A gem for educators striving to create a learning environment that embraces professional collaboration involving common curriculum maps, assessments, and instructional units. If you are already on this path, it corroborates what you are currently doing. If you are just beginning this journey, it provides you a step-by-step process. Most importantly, the book is reassuring that our vision of providing the best possible learning opportunities for both students and staff is on target. Psencik has touched both the mind and heart of our profession." -- Gloria Shamanoff, Assistant Superintendent
"This book brings new focus to the rich history of ideas and strategies shown to improve student learning, helping educators at all levels see not only the value of using proven strategies, but the importance of integrating those strategies into purposeful improvement efforts." -- Thomas R. Guskey, Distinguished Service Professor

Foreword by Stephanie HirshPublisher's AcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorIntroduction1. An Overview: Collaborative Curriculum Design as Professional Learning2. Establishing Assumptions About Student and Staff Learning3. Determining Complex Curriculum Standards and Concepts4. Mapping the Curriculum5. Assessment of Student Learning6. Designing Instruction7. Analyzing Student Work and Monitoring Student Learning to Inform Instruction8. Using Effective Grading and Parent Reporting Practices9. Leading Schools to Sustain the Effort and Fulfill the PromiseAppendix 1. Our Assumptions About Student and Staff LearningAppendix 2. The Principles of Professional LearningAppendix 3. Our Vision of Our School: Iduma Elementary School, Killeen ISD, Killeen, TXAppendix 4. A Learning WalkAppendix 5. We are a School Community That Values LearningAppendix 6. Template for Developing Our Learning Community's NormsAppendix 7. Quakertown High School GoalsAppendix 8. Sample Letter to ParentsAppendix 9. Critical Attributes of a Performance TaskAppendix 10. Template for Culminating DemonstrationsAppendix 11. Example of a Task Analysis of a Culminating DemonstrationAppendix 12. Example of a Task Analysis of a Culminating Demonstration (Term III)Appendix 13. Precision in AdverbsAppendix 14. Middle Ages Scoring GuideAppendix 15. Culminating Demonstration Rubric for First Grade Students at Heritage ElementaryAppendix 16. Kindergarten Literacy Lesson PlansReferencesIndex

ISBN: 9781412971461
ISBN-10: 1412971462
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 6th May 2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 20.96  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.54

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