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What Matters MOST in Learning, Teaching, and Leading
By: Lyn Sharratt

Foreword by John Hattie
Introduction by Alma Harris
Copublication with OPC and ACEL

Shared expertise can make every classroom and teacher more effective. This informative book illustrates how educators can come together to bolster achievement in the 21st century.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506358727
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 400
  • Publication date: September 27, 2018

Price: $39.95

Price: $39.95
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This book is not available as a review copy.


Shared knowledge between educators breeds shared success in all systems and schools

Comprehensive in scope, CLARITY illustrates how system and school leaders must come together to boost student achievement and build teacher capacity to learn, teach and lead. By emphasizing collaborative processes, Lyn Sharratt’s detailed design demonstrates how shared knowledge, equity and expertise can make every classroom more impactful and every teacher more empowered. Readers will uncover these ‘Big Ideas’:

  • 14 essential Parameters to guide system and school leaders toward building powerful collaborative learning cultures
  • Case studies, vignettes and firsthand accounts from gifted teachers and leaders bring important theories and practices to life
  • From all points in the organization, a ‘line-of-sight’ directly to students’ FACES in every classroom to ensure continuous improvement
  • Data-driven tasks and tools to tackle solutions needed in all facets of education

With more than four decades of research, writing and practical experience in system, school, and classroom improvement, Sharratt provides a ‘why-and-how-to guide’ to assist educators across the globe as they solve 21st century-created problems and identify the much-needed learning critical to the success of our future citizens.

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Lyn Sharratt consults and speaks globally on appropriate uses of data, collaborative learning and system reform. Lyn has recently worked in Australia and Scotland and is using examples from her international experiences in developing a new book: FOCUS: Five Actions to Develop Achievement for All Students .



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Lyn Sharratt

Lyn Sharratt is a practitioner and researcher working in remote and urban settings worldwide. Lyn is an Adjunct Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada; a Fellow at University of Melbourne, Australia; an author consultant for Corwin Press; an advisor for International School Leadership with the Ontario Principals’ Council; and consults internationally, working with system, school, and teacher leaders at all levels in Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Lyn focuses her time and effort on increasing each student’s growth and achievement by working alongside leaders and teachers to put FACES on their data, taking intentional action to make equity and excellence a reality for ALL students.

Visit www.lynsharratt.com for articles, video clips, podcasts; on Twitter: @LynSharratt; on Instagram: lyn_sharratt; and on LinkedIn where Lyn owns the “Educational Leadership” LinkedIn group made up of 99,000+ members.

Lyn’s authorship includes: Realization: The Change Imperative for Deepening District-Wide Reform (with Michael Fullan); Putting FACES on the Data: What Great Leaders Do! (With Michael Fullan); Good to Great to Innovate: Recalculating the Route, K-12+ (with Gale Harild); Leading Collaborative Learning: Excellence (with Beate Planche); CLARITY: What Matters MOST in Learning, Teaching and Leading (International Best-Selling Education Book in 2020); and Putting FACES on the Data – the 10th Anniversary Edition (with Michael Fullan).

Lyn is proud of the recent co-development of the CLARITY Learning Suite (CLS) - a web-based collaborative Professional Learning opportunity that mirrors CLARITY. Lyn and her team believe that ‘everyone’s a leader’, thus CLS provides guidance to Learning Leaders on how to do this work of system and school improvement – together – to make a difference for all students. Visit www.claritylearningsuite.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Online Resources

List of Acronyms

Foreword by John Hattie



About the Author

In Memoriam

Introduction by Alma Harris


Chapter 1. CLARITY: The 14 Parameters: A Learning Framework

The Third Teacher: Creating a Collaborative Culture of Learning

Introduction to the 14 Parameters

Achieve CLARITY Using the 14 Parameters

How to Begin Implementing the 14 Parameters

A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

Chapter 2. CLARITY: Knowing the FACES of Learners

Achieving Because They Believe They Can

Parameter #1: Shared Beliefs and Understandings

Parameter #14: Shared Responsibility and Accountability

Putting FACES on the Data

Powerful Questions to Get to Know Learners and Learning

Parents Are Critical Partners in Knowing Each Learner

Parameter #12: Parents and the Community Are Critical Partners in Learning

A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

Chapter 3. CLARITY: Collaborative Inquiry With Teachers and Leaders

Parameter #11: Collaborative Inquiry

The Value of Collaborative Inquiry

When Do We Inquire Collaboratively? Professional Learning Communities at Work

Lead in Order to Learn and Learn in Order to Lead

A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY


Chapter 4. CLARITY in Teaching: Assessment

Parameter #3: Quality Assessment Informs Instruction

Formative and Summative Assessment

Debriefing Each Component of the Assessment Waterfall Chart

Learning Walls Capture the Ongoing Assessment Journey

A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

Chapter 5. CLARITY in Teaching: Instruction

Parameter #3: Assessment Informs Instruction and Parameter #13: Cross-Curricular Literacy Connections

Literacy Learning Is the Foundation of All Instruction

Eight Components of High-Impact Literacy Instruction

A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

Chapter 6. CLARITY: Processes That Support Collaborative Inquiry With Students

Parameter #14: Shared Responsibility and Accountability

Collaborative Inquiry With Students

Collaborative Inquiry in the Classroom

Three Approaches to Student-Led Collaborative Inquiry

A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

Chapter 7. CLARITY: Using Data for Prevention and Intervention

Parameter #6: Case Management Approach

Prevention: Data Walls

Intervention: Case Management Meetings

Parameter #5: Early and Ongoing Intervention

A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY


Chapter 8. CLARITY: The Knowledgeable Other—Leading Alongside

Parameter #2: The Embedded Knowledgeable Other

Six Evidence-Proven Professional Learning Approaches

A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

Chapter 9. CLARITY: Precision in Leadership Practice

Parameter #4: Principals and System Leaders as Lead Learners

The Six Dimensions of Leadership

The New Sixth Leadership Dimension

System Leadership in Action

School Leadership in Action

Principal Learning Teams

Learning Walks and Talks: Leading to Ensure the Growth of All Students

A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY


CLARITY: Leadership for the Future


Afterword by Melanie Greenan

Glossary of Terms

References and Further Reading


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