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

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November 2007 | 176 pages | Corwin
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.

 
List of Figures
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction
Relevant Versus Relative

 
The Problems

 
The Solution

 
Content and Intent

 
 
2. Traditional Versus Standards-Based Education
What Everyone Needs to Know

 
What Most People Need to Know

 
What Some People Need to Know

 
How Do We Get There From Here

 
Questions for Reflection

 
Summary

 
 
3. Accountability
Raise the Drawbridge, Flood the Moat

 
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

 
Accountability 101

 
What Everyone Needs to Know

 
What Most People Need to Know

 
What Some People Need to Know

 
Summary

 
 
4. Performance Objective
Touching All the Bases But Getting Thrown Out at Home

 
What Everyone Needs to Know

 
Defining Performance Objectives

 
Performance Objective Tips

 
What Everyone Needs to Know

 
What Most People Need to Know

 
What Some People Need to Know

 
Summary

 
 
5. Performance Assessment
What? Where? Why? How?

 
Summative and Formative

 
Eliminate A and D; Guess B or C

 
What Everyone Needs to Know

 
Assessment Strategies

 
From Standard to Assessment

 
What Most People Need to Know

 
What Some People Need to Know

 
Summary

 
 
6. Data
What Is Data and From Where Does It Come?

 
The Standards-Based Model and Data

 
What Everyone Needs to Know

 
Form Versus Function

 
Simplicity Is the Key

 
Student Portfolios

 
What Most People Need to Know

 
What Some People Need to Know

 
Summary

 
 
7. Unit Design
Units Create Focus

 
What Everyone Needs to Know

 
Aids for the Educator

 
Measuring Success

 
What Did You Do in School Today?

 
What Most People Need to Know

 
What Some People Need to Know

 
Summary

 
 
8. Lesson Design
Hey, I Just Follow the Curriculum

 
Questions to Ask

 
Where There's a Need, There's A Way

 
What Everyone Needs to Know

 
Lesson Design Steps

 
The Transfer and Retention of Learning

 
Lesson Design Planner

 
What Most People Need to Know

 
What Some People Need to Know

 
Summary

 
 
9. Differentiation
Teaching Versus Learning

 
Differentiation Defined

 
Learning Styles Versus Teaching Styles

 
What Everyone Needs to Know

 
Differentiated Step Lessons: Method 1

 
Sample Step Lessons Using Method 1

 
Differentiated Step Lessons: Method 2

 
Sample Step Lessons Using Method 2

 
Differentiated Classroom 101

 
What Most People Need to Know

 
What Some People Need to Know

 
Summary

 
 
10. Scaffolding
Defining Scaffolding

 
What Everyone Needs to Know

 
Tools to Develop Understanding

 
The Three P's of Scaffolding Pieces: Problems, Projects, and Presentations

 
Model Behavior

 
Sample Lesson With Scaffolding

 
What Most People Need to Know

 
What Some People Need to Know

 
Summary

 
 
11. Instructional Grouping
Grouping Defined

 
What Everyone Needs to Know

 
Grouping Size

 
So, What If Grouping Strategies Are Not Working? Jump Ship or Row to Shore?

 
What Most People Need to Know

 
What Some People Need to Know

 
Summary

 
 
12. Brain-Based Learning
What Everyone Needs to Know

 
The Male and Female Brains

 
Engage the Brain

 
Strategies for Meaningful Learning

 
Sample Lesson

 
Am I Doing It Right?

 
What Most People Need to Know

 
What Some People Need to Know

 
Summary

 
 
13. Reporting Progress
What Everyone Needs to Know

 
What Most People Need to Know

 
What Some People Need to Know

 
Easy...Easier...Easiest in Grading Systems

 
Summary

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

"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
Western New England College
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