Teaching what Matters Most: Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement

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Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Jan 1, 2001 - Education - 137 pages
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Crafting a set of standards that are at once manageable, attainable, and good for all students has been elusive. With 10 years of research and work in more than 300 schools to guide them, Strong, Silver, and Perini offer four standards that will help all students meet the various standards dictated by states, regions, and districts. * Rigor: helping students make sense of challenging texts and ideas. * Thought: helping students become adept users of powerful learning disciplines. * Diversity: helping students understand themselves and others. * Authenticity: helping students apply what they learn to the real world. In this book, the authors go beyond simply showing what each standard looks like in various school settings. They provide research-based teaching strategies that can help all students meet each standard along with assessment practices that allow schools and teachers to respond thoughtfully to the diversity of students needs. Drawing from the work of educators across the country, the book demonstrates that manageable standards-when married to practical approaches to instruction and assessment-can prepare students to perform well on state tests while preserving the democratic traditions of U.S. education.

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I was disappointed with this book. Possibly because I work in an innovative high school outside the USA. I found the book very American, and it was a bit of 'here's a radical idea' that was not ... Read full review

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Richard W. Strong was vice president of Silver Strong & Associates and Thoughtful Education Press. A former teacher on the elementary and secondary levels, he served as a trainer/consultantto hundreds ofschool districts, teacher and professional organizations, and state departments of education. In addition, hewas a leader in the movement for authentic assessment.As cofounder of the Institute for Community and Difference, Richard studied democratic teaching practices in public and private schools for more than ten years. A former district-level coordinator for gifted and talented education, Richard wroteand developed numerousbooks and products for educators.

Harvey F.Silver, president of Silver Strong & Associates and Thoughtful Education Press, was named one of the 100 most influential teachers in the country. He has conducted numerous workshops for school districts and state education departments throughout the United States. He was the principal consultant for the Georgia Critical Thinking Skills Program and the Kentucky Thoughtful Education Teacher Leadership Program. Silver is the author of several educational bestsellers, including So Each May Learn: Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences and Teaching Styles and Strategies, both published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Design. With Richard Strong, Silver developed The Thoughtful Classroom a renowned professional development program based on the commitment to make students as important as standards.

Matthew J. Perini, director of publishing at Silver Strong & Associates, has authored curriculum guides, articles, and research studies on a wide range of topics, including learning styles, multiple intelligences, and effective teaching practices. Strong, Silver, and Perini have recently collaborated on Discovering Nonfiction: 25 Powerful Teaching Strategies, Grades 2-6; So Each May Learn: Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences; and Teaching What Matters Most: Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement.

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