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Succeeding With Struggling Students
A Planning Resource for Raising Achievement



October 2006 | 248 pages | Corwin
While it is true that students who struggle with reading can lose important ground during the summer, it is possible to help these students hold onto the previous school year's learning as well as gain new ground to put them ahead for fall.

Written by Marti Richardson, a past president of the National Staff Development council and a recognized leader in professional development and curriculum development, Succeeding With Struggling Students details the development and implementation process for a summer reading lab. Designed around a learn-it-teach-it cycle, the lab combines professional development for teachers--to develop their facility with research-based interventions and immediate classroom practice--with the specific interventions to benefit struggling students.

With each component of the summer intervention lab blueprint, Richardson offers a description of the model program she developed for her district. For administrators, staff developers, and curriculum directors, she provides a set of questions to assist their district and school teams customize the blueprint to their specific goals, needs, and requirements.

 
Foreword
 
Preface
The Genesis of the Book

 
A Fresh Approach to Thinking

 
Results

 
A Sequential Model for Program Planning: Organization and Content

 
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Laying the Foundation: Indentifying Needs
Meet William

 
The Achievement Gap

 
William's District

 
Addressing the Problem

 
Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

 
 
2. Planning How We Got There
Paving the Way: Preparing to Develop the Model

 
Developing the Model

 
Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

 
 
3. Selecting Educators: The Quest for Excellence
A Results-Based Selection Process

 
A Student-Focused Outcome

 
Articulating the Selection Process: Why It Is Important

 
What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do

 
Assessment Tools to Ensure Quality in the Selection Process

 
Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

 
 
4. Developing a Purpose-Driven Curriculum
Acquiring Knowledge

 
Planning the Curriculum

 
Organizing and Categorizing the Questions

 
Developing a "Question Wheel"

 
Characteristics of a Preview Curriculum

 
Planning Elements

 
Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

 
 
5. Value-Added Instruction
Instructional Effectiveness

 
Making Critical Decisions

 
Analyzing the Critical Decisions

 
The Acquisition Lesson

 
Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

 
 
6. Professional Development for Student Learning
Finding the Key to Success

 
Setting the Standard for Professional Learning in the Program

 
Student Success and the Standards

 
The PLP and the Professional Growth Design

 
The Role of the Administrator and Coach

 
Lab-Based Staff Development

 
Staff Development Agendas

 
Scheduling

 
Evaluating Professional Development

 
Expected Outcomes for Staff Development

 
Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

 
 
7. Assessing for Effectiveness: Evaluating Quality
Establishing the Evaluation Framework

 
Evaluating the Journey

 
Amplifying Formative Assessment Tools

 
Assessing as Staff Development

 
Appraising, Judging, and Measuring Value

 
Evaluation Design

 
Summative Evaluation

 
Evaluation Results

 
Expanding the Concept

 
Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

 
 
8. Summary: Exceeding Expectations
William Today

 
Moving Forward: Glacing Back

 
Our Challenge

 
Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

 
 
Appendix A: Evaluation Results
 
Appendix B: Expanding the Concept
 
Appendix C: Glossary
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index

"Marti Richardson’s Succeeding With Struggling Students brings innovative ideas and a sense of urgency to the creation of schools in which all students experience academic success. Richardson addresses the key areas of teacher selection, curriculum, instruction, professional learning, and assessment of program effectiveness and provides practical tools to guide readers’ thinking and action planning. This book shows what is possible when educators fully commit to high levels of learning for all students and take bold, innovative actions to make it a reality."

Dennis Sparks, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

"Not only does her book offer the strategy (preview learning) for attaining that goal, but the book also offers a very specific framework and model for others to apply in developing their own revolutionary innovations."

From the Foreword by Max Thompson

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