Stop. Right. Now.

The 39 Stops to Making Schools Better

Stop. Right. Now.

Authors and education leaders Jimmy Casas and Jeffrey Zoul identify 39 practices, programs, processes, philosophies, and people problems that schools must eliminate in order to improve education for students. The status quo and average results are no longer acceptable! There are some "best practices" that we simply need to stop right now.

Education Write Now, Volume II

Top Strategies for Improving Relationships and Culture

Education Write Now, Volume II

In this innovative series Education Write Now, ten of education’s most inspiring thought-leaders meet for a three-day retreat to think and write collaboratively, and then bring you the top takeaways you need right now to improve your school or classroom. This second volume, edited by Jeff Zoul and Sanée Bell, focuses on relationships—the heart of everything we do in education. Building strong relationships and a positive school culture takes intentional, consistent effort, and the authors provide strategies and examples to help you along the way. Throughout the book, you’ll find insights and inspiration on these topics: Connecting the dots among students and staff (Jeffrey Zoul) Strengthening relationships in the learner-centered class (Randy Ziegenfuss) Building a culture of equity and access (Rosa Isiah) Cultivating student strengths and interests (Elisabeth Bostwick) Bridging the gap between schools and families (Laura Gilchrist) Deepening connections through productive conflict (Sanée Bell) Finding relationships beyond the four walls (Onica Mayers) Connecting through the power of generosity (Winston Sakurai) Bringing passion into the schoolhouse (Sean Gaillard) Tapping into dreams for a world-class culture (Danny Bauer) The royalties generated from this book will support the Will to Live Foundation, a nonprofit foundation working to prevent teen suicide.

10 Perspectives on Learning in Education

10 Perspectives on Learning in Education

The best educators never stop learning about their students or their craft. In this second volume of the Routledge Great Educators Series, ten of education’s most inspiring thought-leaders come together to bring you their top suggestions for improving your students’ learning in the classroom and your own professional learning as an educator. You’ll gain fresh insights on learning how to... · Influence others and make a greater impact as a leader. (Todd Whitaker) · “Unlearn" traditional practices that no longer serve our students. (Jeffrey Zoul) · Be vulnerable and willing to learn from and with colleagues. (Jimmy Casas) · Master your emotional intelligence to improve people skills. (Sanée Bell) · Shift the focus from grading to standards-based learning. (Garnet Hillman) · Create student-centered learning environments with flexible seating. (Kayla Dornfeld) · Balance the role of technology in your life and plug in more intentionally. (Jessica Cabeen) · Focus on the non-negotiables for success with the hardest-to-reach kids. (Brian Mendler) · Apply a cross-curricular, design-thinking approach to your curriculum. (Erin Klein) · Connect with colleagues and students for true collaboration. (Derek McCoy) The book’s practical strategies and stories will inspire you on your journey to make a difference in students’ lives.

Education Write Now

Education Write Now

In this innovative new series Education Write Now, ten of education’s most inspiring thought-leaders meet for a three-day retreat to think and write collaboratively, and then bring you the top takeaways you need right now to improve your school or classroom. This first volume, edited by Jeff Zoul and Joe Mazza, focuses on the all-important but often uncomfortable concept of change. Each concise chapter addresses how teachers and leaders can do the hard work of enacting change so more students succeed—academically and emotionally. You’ll gain practical insights and strategies for changing how we think about... Embracing Change (Jeff Zoul) Learning (Tony Sinanis) Assessment (Starr Sackstein) Relationships (Kayla Delzer) Mental Health (Joe Mazza) Educational Technology (Thomas Murray) Teacher Engagement (Sanée Bell) Leadership (Amber Teamann) Partnerships (Bob Dillon) Communication (Joe Sanfelippo) The royalties generated from this book will support the Will to Live Foundation, a nonprofit foundation working to prevent teen suicide. Dr. Jeffrey Zoul (@jeff_zoul) is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader. During Jeff’s distinguished career in education he has served in a variety of roles, most recently as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109 in Illinois. Jeff also served as a teacher and coach in Georgia before moving into school administration. He has authored many books, including What Connected Educators Do Differently. Dr. Joe Mazza (@joe_mazza) is Lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. He is the Founder/CEO of MakerDads, a new father and family engagement initiative bringing dads, grand-dads and other male role models together to support student learning through innovation. Joe’s innovative work has been featured in 15 books dating back to 2005. Most recently, he co-authored Lead Learners: Creating a Culture of Empathy, Innovation, and Empowerment with Derek McCoy (Routledge, 2018).

Education Write Now, Volume III

Solutions to Common Challenges in Your School or Classroom

Education Write Now, Volume III

In this innovative series Education Write Now, ten of education’s most inspiring thought-leaders meet for a three-day retreat to think and write collaboratively, and then bring you the top takeaways you need right now to improve your school or classroom. This third volume, edited by Jeffrey Zoul and Sanée Bell, focuses on overcoming common problems in your classroom or school. There are many challenges we face as educators, no matter what kind of district or building we work in. The authors provide practical, insightful solutions and inspiring stories to motivate you on your journey, so you can get past the roadblocks and focus on what matters most—bringing all students to success. Topics include: Sustaining Joy (Lynell Powell) Breaking Free from Isolation (Rachelle Dene Poth) Broadening Our Definition of Literacy (Jennifer Casa-Todd) Making Libraries Relevant (Josh Stumpenhorst) Developing Perseverance in Kids (David Geurin) Promoting Positive Student Behavior (Jeffrey Zoul) Connecting with Students of Color (Sanée Bell) Elevating Instructional Supervision (Ross Cooper) Shifting Professional Learning (Katie Martin) Maintaining Staff Morale (Danny Steele) The royalties generated from this book will support the Will to Live Foundation, a nonprofit foundation working to prevent teen suicide.

10 Perspectives on Innovation in Education

10 Perspectives on Innovation in Education

How do great educators bring about real change to make a difference in students’ lives? In this first volume of the Routledge Great Educators Series, 10 of education’s most inspiring thought-leaders come together to share their top suggestions you need right now to innovate in your school or classroom. You will gain fresh insights and practical strategies on these essential topics: Personalizing professional learning (Jeffrey Zoul) Promoting a positive school culture (Todd Whitaker) Improving our hiring practices (Jimmy Casas) Designing spaces that maximize learning (Thomas C. Murray) Empowering students in their learning and assessments (Starr Sackstein) Flipping the classroom to reach each student (Kirk Humphreys) Positioning libraries as learning hubs (Shannon McClintock Miller) Helping others embrace technology changes (Katrina Keene) Developing personal, not just professional, skills (Dwight Carter) Embracing each student's passions and strengths (LaVonna Roth) Filled with inspiring stories throughout, the book will leave you feeling motivated to take risks and try new things in your own school or classroom. As the authors say, if we want to make a real difference, it’s not enough to do the things we do better; we must also do new and better things!

Best Practice

Today's Standards for Teaching and Learning in America's Schools

Best Practice

Identifies teaching methods that help students learn and how to implement them in the classroom.

Convention Report

Convention Report


Guitar Lessons for Kids - Book 1

How to Play Guitar for Kids (Free Video Available)

Guitar Lessons for Kids - Book 1

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