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Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning


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Mike Schmoker presents the brutal facts about the quality of instruction across the curriculum. He argues convincingly that if student achievement is to improve, especially in the higher-order proficiencies, instruction will necessarily have to change and improve simultaneously. He sets out a clear but simple agenda to achieve such a transformation in American schools. This book should be required reading for everyone in educational leadership and anyone concerned about the quality of teaching and learning. In Results Now, Mike Schmoker presents a provocative critique of “business as usual” in American education. His candid assessment of conventional practice and his persuasive arguments for specific reforms demand the consideration of all those interested in creating schools in which all students achieve at high levels.

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Section I: Reality and Illusion in Public Schools

Isolation: The Enemy of Improvement

Leadership Interrupted: How the Buffer Compromises Supervision

About the authors

Mike Schmoker is a former administrator, English teacher, and football coach. He has written dozens of articles for educational journals, newspapers, and TIME magazine as well as multiple bestselling books for ASCD. In an EdWeek survey of national educational leaders, he was identified as among the best sources of practical "nuts and bolts…advice, wisdom and insight" on effective school improvement strategies.

Schmoker is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for his publications and presentations. As a much sought-after presenter, he delivers keynotes and consults internationally throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, China, and Jordan.

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