In Teaching Matters Most, Thomas McCann, Alan C. Jones, and Gail Aronoff make the case that the single most important factor in continuous school improvement is the quality of instruction in schools. Unlike other books that stop at evaluating teachers and instruction, these authors argue that school leaders must work to grow the instructional capacities within their schools. To meet this goal, they offer school leaders a three-step process that involves:(1) envisioning what good teaching looks like (2) measuring the quality of current instruction against this standard, and (3) working relentlessly to move the quality of instruction closer and closer to the ideal.
Foreword by Deborah Meier
Preface: Lessons Learned From Experience
About the Authors
1. What are common practices in schools?
2. What distinguishes quality teaching?
3. How do we learn about the quality of our teaching?
4. What should induction and mentoring look like?
5. What should professional development look like?
6. How can teacher evaluaiton become more meaningful?
7. How can we sustain a culture of exceptional instruction?
8. How do we face our leadership challenges?