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School improvement begins with self-examination and honest dialogue about socialization, discrimination, bias, and cultural insensitivity. The authors acknowledge both the structural and sociological issues that contribute to low-performing schools, and offer multiple tools and strategies to assess and improve classroom management, establish academic vocabulary, increase literacy, and contribute to a healthier school culture.
Busy administrators will appreciate this quick read packed with immediate, accessible strategies. Transforming School Culture provides the framework for understanding dynamic relationships within school cultures and ensuring a positive environment that supports the changes necessary to improve learning for all students. Dr. Muhammad explores many aspects of human behavior, social conditions, and history to reveal best practices for transforming toxic cultures into healthy ones. Drawing from an extensive study of 34 schools from around the U.S., he introduces readers to four typical groups of educators:
- The Believers are those who are committed to the learning of each student and who operate under the assumption that their efforts can make an enormous difference in that learning.
- The Fundamentalists are preservers of the status quo.
- The Tweeners are members of a staff who are typically new to a school and are attempting to learn its prevailing culture.
- The Survivors are those who have been so overwhelmed by the stress and demands of the profession that their primary goal becomes making it through the day, the week, and the year.
Learn the underlying tensions that result from these groups working together, their prevailing beliefs, and the resulting dynamics that ultimately determine school culture. Specific strategies for working with each group will help administrators create a positive atmosphere conducive to changes that maximize organizational effectiveness for the benefit of all students.
Using insights from a 13 practitioners who have implemented and sustained collaborative cultures of continuous improvement in schools around the nation, this anthology answers the most important questions surrounding professional learning communities (PLCs). In a culture of shared leadership, the role of administrator is more important. How do administrators maintain the right balance of loose-tight leadership and build profound, lasting trust? What principles strengthen principal leadership? How can administrators overcome the practical obstacles of creating a PLC? The Collaborative Administrator delivers strategies and inspiration from educators who have faced these challenges and found answers.
Now that twins Ryan and Ruby are five-years-old, it’s almost time to start Kindergarten at Douglas Elementary. But are they ready? Spend the day with them as they practice their ABC’s, numbers, colors, shapes with their family. In the process, this book will help prepare your five-year-old for their own exciting school adventure.
Teased at school and ignored at home, unpopular sixteen-year-old Sam Iver feels utterly alone. That is, until he logs on to the Internet to play video games against people from all over the world.
Using the alias Henry Ruff, Sam is one of the most feared players in a game called Imminent Threat. This fast-paced, true-to-life tactical battle is Henry Ruff’s digital playground, where the winners have elite skills and reflexes. Sam is on his way to becoming the best player ever, but his video game skills soon translate to the real world. Jun Sung, one of his online playing partners known as Jade, is kidnapped from her home in Chicago because of her father’s past affiliation with the tightly controlled North Korean nuclear program.
When Sam spots Jun at the largest computer gaming tournament in the world at a Chicago hotel, the two teens are thrust into the middle of an international incident. Their survival hinges on Sam’s decision-making abilities. But will he make the right choices when it could mean more than losing a game—when it could be the difference between life and death?
Filled with problem solving, life lessons, and golden messages, Sam Iver: Imminent Threat follows a talented young gamer who employs all of his gaming skills in an attempt to save the life of a fellow player.
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