Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning

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  • Schmoker, M. J. (1996). Results: The key to continuous school improvement. Alexandria, VA: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

The author sees tangible, measurable results as the key to successful school improvement. He explores the conditions under which dramatic results may be achieved and the theory behind them. Creating opportunities for meaningful teamwork, setting clear and measurable goals, and regularly collecting and analyzing data are stressed as the means to improvement. Examples are given to illustrate successful applications by schools from around the country. Schmoker concludes with the note that, "Schools improve when purpose and effort unite. One key is leadership that recognizes its most vital function: to keep everyone's eyes on the prize of improved student learning."

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