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Five Practices for Equity-Focused School Leadership
A call to action that is both passionate and practical, Five practices for equity-focused school leadership is an indispensable roadmap for educators undertaking the journey toward an education system that acknowledges and advances the worth and potential of all students.Learn More
Small Changes, Big Impact: Ten Strategies to Promote Student Efficacy and Lifelong Learning
Designed as a guide to school reform, this resource outlines a series of ten small-scale changes powerful enough to make a lasting impact. Promote F-12 student growth through research-based instructional strategies, performance-based assessments and social-emotional learning (SEL).Learn More
Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physics, Volume 1: Mechanics Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12
Are you interested in using argument-driven inquiry for high school lab instruction but just aren't sure how to do it? Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physics, Volume 1 focuses on mechanics and will provide you with the information and instructional materials you need to start using this method right away. The book is divided into two basic parts: an introduction to the stages of argument-driven inquiry, and a well-organised series of 23 field-tested labs designed to be much more authentic for instruction than traditional laboratory activities. The book features easy-to-use, reproducible student pages, teacher notes and checkout questions. The labs also support today’s standards and will help your students learn science practices, crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas.Learn More
Student Lab Manual for Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physics, Volume 1: Mechanics Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12
Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physics, Volume 1 is a one-stop source of expertise, advice and investigations to help physics students work like scientists. The book includes a well-organised series of 23 field-tested labs that cover a variety of topics related to mechanics, including forces and interactions, energy, work and power. You can use the introduction labs to acquaint students with new content or the application labs for deeper exploration of the use of a theory, law or unifying concept. Student Lab Manual for Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physics, Volume 1 provides the student materials you need to guide your students through these investigations. With lab details, safety information and handouts, your students will be ready to start investigating.Learn More
Beyond the Egg Drop: Infusing Engineering Into High School PhysicsProblem: You’re eager to expand your physics curriculum and engage your students with engineering content but you don’t know how. Solution: Use the approach and lessons in Beyond the Egg Drop to infuse engineering into what you’re already teaching, without sacrificing time for teaching physics concepts. In addition to a thorough discussion on the rationale, justification, meaning, and implementation of integrating engineering into your science curriculum, this book provides 24 flexible, engineering-infused physics lessons that cover mechanics, optics, electricity, and thermodynamics. Lessons also include examples of student work; incorporate strategies for assessment, teaching, and student learning; and connect to A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.
And like the venerable egg-drop experiment, these are classroom-tested lessons that are designed to truly engage your students. You can tell your students will tune in from the lesson titles—from “Bumper Cars” to “Zombie Apocalypse Flashlight.” Developed as part of Project Infuse, a National Science Foundation study, the lessons in Beyond the Egg Drop will make it easier to include engineering concepts and skills without having to restructure your existing physics curriculum.
Dr Birdley Teaches Science: Introducing Cells
Introducing Cells, a Dr Birdley Teaches Science book, explains critical concepts in science using words, images and characters. It is focused on standards-based learning objectives and makes science accessible to all learners. It exemplifies good science teaching. Following the outline provided, teachers help students warm up by assessing prior knowledge and developing vocabulary, learn about a new concept with the source cartoon, apply the new concepts in independent practice, and assess new learning with quizzes and tests that check for understanding of key ideas. Introducing Cells features biology topics including: why cells are important, smallest units of life, discovering cells, hierarchy of life, characteristics of life, the cell theory and one-celled organisms.Learn More
Assessing Unstoppable Learning
The Unstoppable Learning model includes seven elements—(1) planning, (2) launching, (3) consolidating, (4) assessing, (5) adapting, (6) managing, and (7) leading. This user-friendly resource focuses on the assessing element, giving readers crucial protocols and activities for collectively reworking their assessment systems. By implementing the step-by-step actions shared by the authors, educators can prepare themselves and their students to thrive in 21st century classrooms and beyond.Learn More
Powerful Readers: Thinking Strategies to Guide Literacy Instruction in Secondary Classrooms
Step-by-step lessons for introducing and using the strategies, connections to literary devices, curricular connections for nonfiction, reading lists, and rubrics for each strategy are all part of this valuable resource. New and experienced teachers will find the tools they need to go beyond a literal understanding and teaching secondary students how to read more deeply.Learn More
Collaborative Teams That Transform Schools: The Next Step in PLCsCollaborative Teams That Transform Schools: The Next Step in PLCs is groundbreaking. It offers teachers and school leaders a practical, comprehensive model for building successful professional learning communities (PLCs), drawing from the extensive research and experience of its authors to present a clear and compelling look at the future of PLCs. Beginning with essential theory, the authors then detail the practical steps that collaborative teams can take to transform their schools. If you are an educator in the process of developing your school as a PLC, this book is an invaluable resource. Learn More