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Building Teachers' Capacity for Success: A Collaborative Approach for Coaches and School Leaders
Pete Hall & Alisa Simeral
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About This Book
Educators know that teachers are a school’s most essential strength. In Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success, authors Pete Hall (winner of the 2004 ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award) and Alisa Simeral offer a straightforward plan to help site-based administrators and instructional coaches collaborate to bring out the best in every teacher, build a stronger and more cohesive staff, and achieve greater academic success.
Their model of Strength-Based School Improvement is an alternative to a negative, deficit-approach focused on fixing what’s wrong. Instead, they show school leaders how to achieve their goals by working together to maximize what’s right.
Filled with clear, proven strategies and organized around two easy-to-use tools—the innovative Continuum of Self-Reflection and a feedback-focused walk-through model—this book offers a differentiated approach to coaching and supervision centered on identifying and nurturing teachers’ individual strengths and helping them reach new levels of professional success and satisfaction. Here, you’ll find front-line advice from the authors, one a principal and the other an instructional coach, on just what to look for, do, and say in order to start seeing positive results right now.
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"This is an incredibly practical argument for just how school people need to work to improve classroom instruction. The authors have 'been there, done that' when it comes to school improvement, and their Continuum of Self-Reflection is a wonderful scheme for keeping everyone focused on the things that really matter."
"Monitoring classroom instruction is a critical tool for improving performance, and in this book, the authors describe the success they had with an approach to walk-throughs built on detailed individual feedback and coaching. It’s a valuable contribution to the literature on walk-throughs and the impact they can have on student performance."
About the Authors
PETE HALL is the principal of Sheridan Elementary School in Spokane, Washington, a Title I school whose recent academic successes have been recognized by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington. ASCD's Outstanding Young Educator Award honoree for 2004, Mr. Hall gained international recognition for his work as the principal of Anderson Elementary School in Reno, Nevada, a high-poverty Title I school that went from failing to make adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act for four consecutive years to earning a "High Achieving" designation.
ALISA SIMERAL is the literacy coach at Anderson Elementary School in Reno, Nevada. She was awarded the International Reading Association's Celebrate Literacy Award in 2006 and the Washoe Education Association Distinguished Performance Award in 2008. Mrs. Simeral's work has been instrumental in transforming several low-performing schools into hubs of literate, thoughtful students.
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