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What administrators are reading this month.

May 2009

Turning Average Instruction Into Great Instruction
School Leadership’s Role in Student Achievement

By John O’Connor; Rowman & Littlefield Education

Want to push teaching to the next level? Classroom change happens when a leader has a clear picture of what needs to happen, argues O’Connor, and can focus all efforts on getting there. The book champions creating a positive school environment, using materials and staff wisely, and getting the community involved. O’Connor lays out what great instruction looks like and what you have to do to get there, such as aligning a leadership team and supporting struggling learners. He also tackles getting rid of what’s not working, from poor annual planning to ineffective professional development.

Talk About Teaching!
Leading Professional Conversations

By Charlotte Danielson; Corwin Press

Bone up on management skills with this helpful guide, which leads you through  all manner of professional discussions with teachers, from five-minute chats in the hallway to tough conversations about pedagogy. With the understanding that all administrators aren’t experts in leading these discussions, Danielson, an educational consultant, provides conversation starters and how-tos for communicating, always keeping the focus on improving teacher learning. Chapters are conveniently organized around the various components of successful work in the classroom.

Network Know-How
An Essential Guide for the Accidental Admin

By John Ross; No Starch Press
How many times have you been left scratching your head when IT staff discusses what the school or district network can or can’t do? This book translates geek-speak into understandable concepts and is a solid recommendation for newly hired tech staff, or for anyone who needs to understand the big networking picture. Ross covers hardware, software, and setup, as well as how to share documents and media. Handy screenshots and diagrams are helpful for at-a-glance troubleshooting, as well as a specific chapter dedicated to solving common problems.

The Technology Director’s Guide to Leadership
The Power of Great Questions

By Don Hall; ISTE
If you’re putting together a technology team, or have one that just needs to be reorganized, this book can help. It considers all the players tech directors have to deal with on a daily basis—from technology specialists and instructional technology staff to classroom teachers to the community at large. It shows ways to map out the responsibilities of each team member, and has checklists to help organize and monitor progress. The author also suggests ways to help make those new technology calls successful. Major points are reviewed after each chapter.

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    Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Mainstream Classroom

    Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Mainstream Classroom

    by Barbara Boroson

    This engaging and informative book gives you the knowledge you need to understand students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and the strategies you can use to help them succeed in school. Drawing on her 20 years experience working with students with ASDs, Barbara Boroson guides you through creating a responsive classroom attuned to the needs of your students with ASDs, and she shares preventive strategies that help head off challenging behavior before it becomes disruptive. The end goal is a classroom in which all students feel valued and respected, in which all students can learn and grow!

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    The Scholastic Differentiated Instruction Plan Book

    The Scholastic Differentiated Instruction Plan Book

    by Cindy Middendorf

    This 40-week planner is chockfull of resources to help teachers streamline and focus differentiated instruction. Designed by an award-winning teacher whose specialty is differentiation, this essential planner includes:
    • a large planning grid with mini-planning checklists for each week
    • a differentiation planning guide and lesson plan template
    • quick-tip guides and checklists for:
    • starting the year off right
    • selecting differentiated learning tools
    • tiering instruction
    • working with multiple intelligences and learning modalities
    • tapping higher-level thinking with Bloom's Taxonomy
    • using questioning strategies
    • integrating assessment
    • at-a-glance calendars and student information pages
    • weekly tips for differentiating instruction, management, and assessment
    PLUS: Writable, customize-and-print planning grids, lesson templates, and other tools to streamline planning and save time!

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