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Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, 2nd Edition

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In this 2nd edition of Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, Mike Schmoker extends and updates the case that our schools could be on the cusp of swift, unparalleled improvements. But we are stymied by a systemwide failure to simplify and prioritize; we have yet to focus our limited time and energy on the most essential, widely acknowledged, evidence-based practices that could have more impact than all other initiatives combined. They are: simple, coherent curricula; straightforward, traditional literacy practices; and lessons built around just a few hugely effective elements of good teaching. As Schmoker demonstrates, the case for these practices—and the need for them—has grown prodigiously.

Table of contents

Introduction

Section I. First Things First: What We Teach, How We Teach—and Literacy

About the authors

A former administrator, English teacher, and football coach, Mike Schmoker has written six books and dozens of articles for education journals, newspapers, and TIME magazine. His most recent bestselling book is Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning.

His previous bestseller Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning was a finalist for book of the year by the Association of Education Publishers.

Schmoker is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for his publications and presentations. He has consulted and presented keynotes throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Kingdom of Jordan.

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978-1-4166-2634-3
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