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Understanding Standards-Based Education A Practical Guide for Teachers and Administrators by Richard A. Zagranski

Understanding Standards-Based Education A Practical Guide for Teachers and Administrators


Understanding Standards-Based Education A Practical Guide for Teachers and Administrators by Richard A. Zagranski

This comprehensive guide to standards-based education takes a collaborative and respectful stance toward teaching, learning, and accountability that both incorporates and looks beyond No Child Left Behind. Grounded in the authors' pyramid of responsibility, Understanding Standards-Based Education identifies what everyone needs to know about standards-based education, what 'most' stakeholders need to know, and what only 'some' stakeholders need to know. The authors focuses on clarifying role responsibilities and then invites effective participation by all. Among the core stakeholder-participants in the authors' system of standards-based education and accountability are students, parents, and teachers (level 1); team leaders, department chairs, and facilitators of standards-based curriculum (level 2); and principals, superintendents, and school boards/oversight committees (level 3). This invaluable resource includes: - An overview of NCLB legislation highlighting current areas of concern for all three stakeholder levels - A data-driven plan of action and assessment for transforming the traditional educational curriculum into a standards-based curriculum - Clear step-by-step instructions in every chapter to ensure sustainability of the standards-based system - The book's instructional approach incorporates best practices from direct instruction (Madeline Hunter), brain-based learning, differentiated instruction, and other core teaching methods as well as formative and summative student assessment techniques. - Each chapter features ready-to-use templates, charts, rubrics, and checklists for stakeholders at each of the three levels of responsibility. Filled with the authors' wealth of hands-on experience, this teacher-friendly text is ideal for teachers, curriculum planners, and instructional leaders.


As an administrator who must continually train staff and as an instructor, I find this book invaluable for its examples of various teaching tools and methods. -- Sandra M. Chessey, Adjunct Professor/Assistant Vice President for Finances and Administration Kudos to the writers of this fantastic, informative resource for the educators of today! This book clearly depicts the innovative teaching practices that meet the educational goals of our schools. -- Shirley A. Anop, Second-Grade Teacher An outstanding workbook for teachers and administrators. The focus on student learning is great, and the book has a multitude of real-world examples. School districts could tailor it to meet their needs. -- Linda C. Davis-Delano, Director of Educator Preparation and Licensure Finally, a book that provides a clear understanding of what NCLB is all about and the impact on students
education. This would have been helpful when I was on the committee at my school to write the school improvement plan.

-- Rosemarie D. Parker, Special Education Teacher Targets all the key areas in standards-based education today, from data collection to differentiating instruction to grading and assessment. A must-read for any educator or those entering the field. -- Allison Rebello, Assistant Principal Zagranski, Whigham, and Dardenne tame the beast of accountability for principals, teachers, and parents by articulately defining what is really expected. A real guide for demystifying the complex world of standards-based education. -- Erica Ann Faginski, Principal Just what the educational doctor ordered. Written in an easy-to-understand format, this guide contains excellent explanations and valuable models, guidelines, checklists, unit designs, and lesson designs to help teachers implement standards-based education in their classrooms. -- Vaughn G. Rhudy, Teacher The book is teacher friendly, easy to read, applicable, and general enough to suit teachers from all parts of the country. -- Amanda Mayeaux, Teacher A very useful handbook for classroom teachers. It is easy reading and has an unassuming instructional style. -- Patricia Baker, Teacher These authors have a very thorough and intriguing approach that should assist individuals at many different levels who are truly interested in making a difference in our schools today. Educators can apply the ideas almost immediately without getting lost in theoretical tangents. -- John Scholten, Superintendent Emphasizes improving the alignment of the written and the taught curriculum in a way that allows for reasonable accountability. The beauty of the process outlined is that it highlights sound teaching practices that lead to the best possible performance for students. -- Russ Adams, Principal

About the Author

Richard A. Zagranski was a teacher for 40 years at South Hadley High School, South Hadley, MA. During that time he also held the following administrative positions: English Department Chairman; District Curriculum Coordinator for English; Chairman of the Teacher Evaluation Committee; Chairman of the Reaccreditation Committee; and Chairman of the Philosophy and Objectives Committee In addition, he has been an Adjunct Instructor at both Holyoke Community College as well as at Fitchburg State College, both in Massachusetts. Currently, he is a Standards-Based Consultant working with school systems in and around the New England area. The information and techniques presented in this Guide are field-tested approaches, which he has refined through research and trial and error. William Whigham has been a teacher for over 30 years in both middle and high schools, during which time he has served as an Interim Assistant Principal, Co-Chairman of the District Curriculum Committee, Grants Manager, Director of Physical Education and Athletics, Adjunct Instructor for Student Teachers at Springfield College, Adjunct Instructor at Fitchburg State College, and Standards-Based Consultant. He is the author of the first NCLB implementation program used by the South Hadley, MA, school system. He is currently working with Springfield College, Springfield, MA, in the future teachers program bringing in accountability and assessment standards. Likewise, he serves as a Standards-Based Consultant in the New England region. Patrice Dardenne has been involved in education for over 30 years during which time he has served as Assistant Superintendent for Accountability (responsible for the development, implementation, and operation of the school system's assessment systems, data management systems, NCLB grant program, curriculum and technology initiatives), Interim Superintendent, Assistant to the Superintendent for Management Services (including professional development programs for the staff), Adjunct Instructor at American International College, Director of Special Education, and Dean of Students/Guidance Counselor. Likewise he has served as an Evaluation Consultant and an Educational Software Consultant in Monterey, California, working with the school district to institute assessment and data management services. He was just appointed to the position of Superintendent of Schools in Hatfield, Massachusetts.

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Publication date

15th January 2008


Richard A. Zagranski

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SAGE Publications Inc


176 pages


Organization & management of education



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