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The Instructional Leader and the Brain Using Neuroscience to Inform Practice by Margaret C. Glick

The Instructional Leader and the Brain Using Neuroscience to Inform Practice


The Instructional Leader and the Brain Using Neuroscience to Inform Practice by Margaret C. Glick

This book will provide information and insight to educational leaders that will enhance their ability to lead, guide, and support the classroom teacher. These insights will be provided through an examination of five neuroscience principles. Readers will be given opportunities not only to find overt links to how these principles unfold in classrooms, staff rooms, and board rooms, but will also be encouraged to find connections to their own unique contexts (both professionally and personally) along the way. Each of the five principles presented will include information about the neuroscience behind the principle. Focus questions and real stories will be used to clarify the context of each principle. These anecdotes will include examples of how we see and experience these principles in action. Specific strategies of how the principle might be exemplified in a K-12 school setting will be included. At certain points throughout the book, content questions will be posed to assist the reader in their own processing and understanding of this complex material.


This is a clear, concise book that provides brain research background knowledge along with classroom applications and leadership strategies to enhance and monitor classroom instruction. There are many strategies a leader can use in PLCs, individual teacher supervision, and school-wide processes. This book has a good mix of theory and practical applications. -- William Sommers, Principal Brain Compatible Instructional Leadership brings brain research into the staffroom of the American schoolhouse. Margaret Glick provides a concise and up-to-date look at the latest and best research about how the brain works in both children and adults. The author revisits the work of multiple experts and varied sources and synthesizes the work into a practical application for teachers, teacher leaders, and school administrators. -- John Antonetti, Senior Consultant In her book, Glick strikes a harmonious chord by blending research about the brain with actions adults should take when preparing children for a meaningful future. Her analysis and application of information in and around processing and feedback are simply outstanding. -- George Zimmer, Superintendent and Lynette Zimmer, Superintendent This book peels back the layers of the complex work of instructional leadership to the inner core of its five most important principles. Margaret Glick is adept at aligning each of these critical principles to strategies of effective practice as they would look in the classroom and the staff room. -- Ellen Lugo, Director of Learning & Teaching Glick offers a unique approach to educational leadership development, as she brings the study of neuroscience to the field of learning. Complex brain actions for learning are explained in concise terms and understandable images. Application of how the brains of adults and children learn is woven into the chapters with practical classroom and staff room designs. -- Pamela Nevills, Author The book ties together strategies and best practices with the six guiding principles of brain function. Margaret Glick explains these complex concepts in language that is easy to understand. Educational leaders will find that Brain-Compatible Leadership validates what they are already doing right, and offers numerous new ideas to try with their students and staff. -- Julie Prescott, Assessment Coordinator This book combines information about how the brain functions with brain-compatible strategies into one resource that educators can use to transform classrooms into brain-compatible learning places. -- Leslie Standerfer, Principal

About the Author

Margaret Glick is an educational consultant specializing in neuroeducation. Her passion is promoting a working understanding between current neuroscience research and its implications to education. This passion stems from the belief in the capacity of educators to reach the highest level of learning and thinking in order to continuously reflect and improve their practice. Margaret's experience as a teacher, instructional coach, presenter, principal, superintendent and instructor of a brain development and cognition courses at the university level combine to bring a wide range of skills and understanding to her work in education. Working with a wide diversity of school districts, from the very small, rural settings, to the large, urban districts - Margaret customizes, adapts and differentiates her methods to achieve success in varied learning communities. Her expertise includes providing brain-compatible professional development regarding neuroeducation, mindsets, classroom environment, instruction, engagement, and assessment.

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Publication date

22nd November 2011


Margaret C. Glick

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SAGE Publications Inc


208 pages


Curriculum planning & development
Educational psychology



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