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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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    Expect the Most — Provide the Best

    Expect the Most — Provide the Best

    by Robert L. Green


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    The author draws on research and his own extensive work experience in urban districts across the states to present a convincing case for the pivotal role of high expectations in student achievement. All students are most likely to succeed when administrators, teachers, mentors, and parents communicate that they expect stellar results and then provide the instructional support that’s needed to guarantee academic success. 128 pages.

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    Engaging Parents as Literacy Partners

    Engaging Parents as Literacy Partners

    by Kathleen Lisi-Neumann;Danielle Baczynski;Jaclyn Crowell

    Tap students’ first teachers—their families—to boost literacy success. This step-by-step guide helps teachers communicate essential literacy information to parents and provides a simple and effective way to engage them in their children’s literacy development. With options for in-school or at-home reading sessions, this teacher-tested program gives parents the tools they need to be effective literacy coaches at each stage of their child’s reading development. The resource contains:

    • send-home letters and other ideas for communicating with parents
    • tips for organizing and managing materials
    • routines to streamline parent involvement
    • reading-response options for emergent, early, transitional, and extending readers
    • tips for working with families of English Language Learners

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