Conference Countdown
Orlando, Fla.
October 31 - November 2, 2014
  • membership
  • my account
  • help

    We are here to help!

    1703 North Beauregard Street
    Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
    Tel: 1-800-933-ASCD (2723)
    Fax: 703-575-5400

    8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday

    Local to the D.C. area, 703-578-9600, press 2

    Toll-free from U.S. and Canada, 1-800-933-ASCD (2723), press 2

    All other countries (International Access Code) + 1-703-578-9600, press 2

  • Log In
  • Forgot Password?

 

Share
2014 ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership

2014 ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership

October 31–November 2, 2014, Orlando, Fla.

Learn the secrets to great leadership practices, and get immediate and practical solutions that address your needs.

 

Permissions

ASCD respects intellectual property rights and adheres to the laws governing them. Learn more about our permissions policy and submit your request online.

Policies and Requests

Translations Rights

Books in Translation

Premium, Select, and Institutional Plus Member Book (Nov 2002)
PREMIUM, SELECT, and INSTITUTIONAL PLUS MEMBERS
Log in to read this chapter.

NONMEMBERS
Related Topics

Enhancing Student Achievement

by Charlotte Danielson

Table of Contents

Chapter 13. Teaching

The capstone of any school improvement effort is the quality of teaching, which represents the single most important aspect of any school's program for ensuring student success. Various research studies, including those conducted by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, have concluded that external factors typically account for roughly half of the learning differences between groups of students, while internal factors account for the other half. A school's curriculum and grading and attendance policies should all be aligned with school goals, of course, but no improvement effort is complete without a serious investigation of the quality of teaching.

It is unfortunate that educators in the United States devote so much time and energy to articulating the curriculum and so little to perfecting their instructional techniques. Committees spend eons contemplating what books to include in the 9th grade English curriculum, for example, or whether subtraction with regrouping should be taught in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade, but have relatively few discussions about what instructional strategies might best engage students with the novel selected for 9th grade English or help students to really understand subtraction with regrouping. Other nations apportion their resources somewhat differently: the Japanese, for instance, embrace the concept of “lesson study,” in which teachers perfect a single lesson by observing and providing feedback to their colleagues as a form of mutual professional development to enhance student learning.

The Framework for Teaching

 

You must be an ASCD Select or Premium member to view this content.

Log in.




Loading Comments...