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Tony Frontier and Jim Rickabaugh
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About the Authors
Why have decades of school reform had so little measurable effect on student achievement? Why have billions of dollars spent on technology, small-school initiatives, and school-choice options failed to improve our schools?
Too often, educators are simply pulling the wrong levers, say Tony Frontier and James Rickabaugh. They explain that the various components of schooling fall into five categories: structure, sample, standards, strategy, and self. Understanding how these five "levers" work—and their relative power—can help unlock the potential for lasting improvements in teaching and learning.
The authors show readers that changes to structure and sample (how schools are organized and how students are grouped) will not be effective without changes to standards (expectations for student learning), strategy (instructional strategies to engage students in meaningful learning), and self (the set of beliefs teachers and students have about their capacity to be effective).
At the heart of this book is a simple message for teachers, administrators, board members, and education policymakers at all levels: the key to success is not doing more work and making more changes, but doing the right work, and making the right changes.
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TONY FRONTIER is a consultant, award-winning educator, and assistant professor of leadership studies at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He consults internationally on topics of effective instruction, student engagement, teacher supervision, and school leadership. He is coauthor of Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School, and a frequent contributor to Educational Leadership® magazine. Read more
JIM RICKABAUGH is the director of The Institute @ CESA 1, whose work is focused on Innovation in Schools. He was named the AASA Minnesota State Superintendent of the year in 1995 and Wisconsin State Superintendent of the Year in 2008. Rickabaugh has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught courses in the areas of educational administration and educational leadership. Read more
leadership | classroom design | school improvement | school planning | ability grouping
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