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Writing the Playbook

A Practitioner’s Guide to Creating a Boy-Friendly School
By: Kelley King

Foreword by Michael Gurian, Author of The Minds of Boys and Boys and Girls Learn Differently!

Jump-start boys’ achievement with a step-by-step leadership plan that draws on brain research to provide a blueprint for creating schools where boys (and girls!) thrive.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452242989
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2013
  • Page Count: 216
  • Publication date: February 19, 2013

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Your game plan for getting boys on the path to higher achievement

You've seen it in your school: boys struggling to master basic literacy skills, sitting outside the principal's office, collecting labels like "hyperactive," getting failing grades. Checked out, kicked out, or dropped out, they're benched when they should be scoring goals on the academic playing field.

As a school leader, Kelley King has walked the talk: she successfully led her own staff to close the gender gap in reading and writing in just one year. In her step-by-step, research-based leadership plan for jump-starting boys' achievement, she shares:

  • Critical insight into the brain-based differences between boys and girls
  • First-hand leadership and classroom experiences
  • Ready-to-use activities and resources for leading a successful gap-closing initiative

With tips, anecdotes, and more, Writing the Playbook provides educators in all roles with a blueprint for creating schools where boys (and girls!) thrive.

"Finally, some practical advice from an experienced educator on how to make boys into successful students. King's credentials—mother of both a son and daughter as well as a principal who successfully addressed gender gaps at her school—are unbeatable."
—Richard Whitmire, Author of Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That's Leaving Them Behind

"Kelley King is both impassioned and level-headed, and she starts a conversation that we desperately need to have in our country."
—Michael Kimmel, Author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology

"This is a highly practical and highly relevant book. Two thumbs up!"
—Eric Jensen, Author of Teaching with the Brain in Mind

Key features

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Every chapter includes a mix of examples, anecdotes and tips to make the reading interesting and practical.

Throughout the chapters, the uses a variety of special materials to make the book easier to read and to provide tools for immediate use:

· inset boxes that highlight quick tips, reminders, statistics, etc. for the reader

· ready-to-use templates/forms

· samples of student work

· photos from actual school and classroom settings

· key learnings at the beginning of each chapter

· chapter summaries- The Final Buzzer

· annotated bibliography

· index



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Kelley King

Kelley King is a twenty-five year veteran educator, international speaker, author, and mother. Kelley is currently the Associate Director and a Master Trainer at the Gurian Institute. She travels widely to deliver keynotes, teacher workshops, and consultations to educators and parents. She also develops and facilitates cutting-edge training curricula for online teacher education. Previously, Kelley has worked in various roles within elementary, middle, and high school levels, including positions in regular education, special education, and gifted and talented programs. Kelley has served schools with diverse racial, linguistic, and socioeconomic student populations as well as schools ranging from rural, one-room schoolhouses to large suburban schools. As a school administrator, Kelley led her staff to close the gender gap in reading and writing within one year, gaining national media attention. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, National Public Radio, National Health Journal, Newsweek magazine, and Educational Leadership. She has co-authored (with Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens) two previous books in the education field: Strategies for Teaching Boys and Girls: Elementary Level and Strategies for Teaching Boys and Girls: Secondary Level.

Kelley's EdWeek Chat: Strategies for Addressing School Gender Gaps

Watch Kelley's Today Show Segment
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Gurian



About the Author

1. Making the Call: Is There Really a Boy Crisis?

Final Buzzer

2. Getting Your Head in the Game: "Need-to-Knows" about the Male Brain

Laying the Groundwork

Why Do These Sex Differences Exist?

Our Beginnings

Does That Mean That Our Abilities Aare Fixed?

The Male Brain 101

Is There Such a Thing as an "Extreme Male Brain"?

The Male Adolescent Brain

It's Nature AND Nuture

The Final Buzzer

3. Chalk Talk: A Game Plan for Moving Your Team down the Field

School Climate and Culture - What's the Difference?

Activities for Your Professional Learning Communities

Got Data?

Getting Teacher Buy-In


Developing an Action Plan

School Improvement and Teacher Growth

Developing a Yearlong Professional Development Plan

The Final Buzzer

4. Leveling the Playing Field: School Policies and Procedures That Don't Squeeze Boys out

Expectations and the Stereotype Threat


Time, Place, and Manner

Grades and Homework

Banning Aggression Themes

The Final Buzzer

5. Touching Base: Relationship-Building to Guide Boys on Their Journey

The Social-Emotional Lives of Boys

Forging Positive Relationships With Boys

Male Mentoring and Role Models

The Final Buzzer

6. The Ground Game: Setting up Classrooms That Help Boys Succeed

Physical Arrangement of the Classroom

Classroom Procedures

The Final Buzzer

7. Hitting It out of the Park: Game-Winning Instructional Strategies for Boys (and Girls!)

Lecture Strategies

Movement Strategies

Student Interests Strategies

Real-World Learning Strategies

Student Choice Strategies

Visual-Spatial Strategies

Technology Strategies

Competition Strategies

Single-Gender Grouping Strategies

Music Strategies

Test Preparation Strategies

Test Administration Strategies

The Final Buzzer


Sticky Teaching Graphic





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