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What Matters MOST in Learning, Teaching, and Leading

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

October 2018 | 400 pages | Corwin

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. 

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
Key features

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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