On the leading edge of school change
Most people agree that American public education is in trouble, but few understand how serious the problems really are and how ineffective are the attempts at education reform.
The most compelling difference between this book and others on education is that it focuses on transforming the job of the teacher as the key to instructional improvement.
Why do American students continue to perform poorly against international standards? Why do so few education reforms fail to change the progress of children or the improvement of instruction? Why do half of all beginning public school teachers quit teaching within their first five years? This book answers those questions in a scathing indictment of current education reforms, and proposes a comprehensive yet sensible model for school change.
“…offers a practical vision of how our children can get the high-quality teaching they deserve. Their vision is worth pondering - and even implementing.”
“…sharp, engaging, warm, and critical - merits serious consideration by everyone interested in improving public education.”
Similar to the medical practice of “doing rounds” Teacher Rounds is a form of professional learning for teachers that takes place in the actual context of teaching and learning — classroom observations followed by collaborative analysis and commitments by teachers to make changes in their individual practice.
Rounds groups require explicit knowledge and skill, training in areas such as planning and facilitating productive meetings, learning to observe and use data, building consensus, and providing growth-producing feedback.
This book provides a model of Rounds practiced by teachers, for teachers, and about teachers.
“Anchored in the authors’ own wealth of experience, the book supplies vivid and practical guidance for teachers, facilitators, and school leaders.”
“Pioneers of teacher leadership from the classroom, Troen & Boles bring us a groundbreaking book on Teacher Rounds, a strategy they powerfully demonstrate can be a pathway toward meeting the Common Core State Standards.”
Teams, teachers, teacher leaders, and coaches/facilitators need to learn specific teaming skills in order to be able to turn collaborating groups of teachers into well-functioning instructional teams. Inside this book they will find the tools and the techniques to uncover and address realistically the bedrock issues of teacher teams while learning how to avoid the pitfalls that beset teams that struggle to achieve their goals.
Through richly detailed case studies, The Power of Teacher Teams demonstrates how schools can transform their teams into more effective learning communities that foster teacher leadership.
“…a powerful book that offers practical advice grounded in research…the case studies can assist superintendents, curriculum/staff developers, teacher leaders, and principals in implementing effective, school-based instructional teams.”
“…a fresh perspective and a thoughtful use of theoretical analysis and “in the trenches” case studies, the authors admonish America that if we are truly interested in restoring our prominence in the world through a first-rate educational system, then our strategies for improving teacher effectiveness must also include parallel strategies for improving schools’ team effectiveness.”