Closing the Teaching Gap
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Closing the Teaching Gap
Coaching for Instructional Leaders

Foreword by Grant Wiggins



© 2012 | 280 pages | Corwin

Instructional leadership begins in the classroom

Donald B. Bartalo reveals the experiences of school leaders and teachers who have discovered that meaningful school improvement does not necessarily come from the top—it comes from effective teaching and leaders who support it. Based on eight fundamental tenets, the text features a clear how-to process, success stories, and methods for bridging the teaching gap between the kinds of teaching needed for the 21st century and that which is found in most schools. Special features include:

  • An interactive writing style that "coaches" educators
  • Powerful "what to do" and "how to do it" tools
  • Case illustrations and success stories
  • Protocols for leading collaborative inquiry
  • Journal reflections
  • Leadership team activities

This practical guide's step-by-step approach is easy to follow, research-based, and steeped in common sense. Closing the Teaching Gap is the next best thing to having a seasoned coach give you the playbook for becoming a successful instructional leader.

 
Acknowledgments
 
Preface
 
Introduction
Eight Fundamental Tenets for an Instructional Leader  
Connecting Your Work and Experience  
About the Book  
Learning Extensions  
About the Author  
Bridge to Chapter 1  
 
1. The "Teaching Gap"
What is the Teaching Gap?  
Lessons from the Teaching Gap  
Reinforcing the Need to Close the Teaching Gap  
Journal Reflection  
Try THIS  
Leadership Team Activity  
Bridge to Chapter 2  
 
2. Doing the Right Things
Data Informed, Not Data Driven  
Developing Credibility  
Finding Strengths in Others  
Getting Into Classrooms  
Knowledge, Not Packaged Programs  
Learning from Master Teachers  
Learning from Students  
Not Enough Time?  
Try It in the Classroom  
Journal Reflection  
Try THIS  
Leadership Team Activity  
Bridge to Chapter 3  
 
3. Creating Better Learning Opportunities for Students
Teaching Methods and Learning Opportunities  
How Do Students Learn Best?  
Methods vs. Beliefs  
The Culture of Teaching  
Journal Reflection  
Try THIS  
Leadership Team Activity  
Bridge to Chapter 4  
 
4. Helping Teachers Learn More About Teaching
Introduction  
What is Good Teaching?  
Selecting the Best Teaching Methods  
Mirror on Their Practice  
Peer Review of Teaching  
Peer Observations  
Teacher-Led Teaching Circles  
Teacher-Led Lesson Study  
Teacher-Led Learning and Improvement  
Journal Reflection  
Try THIS  
Leadership Team Activity  
Bridge to Chapter 5  
 
5. Successfully Leading Instructional Change
Introduction  
Aligning Practice and Beliefs  
Changing Methods Where Students are Not Succeeding  
Developing a “Theory of Action” Perspective  
Leading Change Perceived to be Second Order  
Overcoming Resistance to Desired Instructional Change  
Strengthening Instruction  
Journal Reflection  
Try THIS  
Leadership Team Activity  
Bridge to Chapter 6  
 
6. Developing Yourself as an Instructional Leader
The Story of an Instructional Leader  
Introduction  
Who Am I?  
Connect, Not Just Communicate  
Persuading and Inspiring  
Giving and Receiving Feedback  
Reacting to Assessments and Standards-Based Accountability  
Leading in a Time of Transition  
The Need for Courage  
Journal Reflection  
Try THIS  
Leadership Team Activity  
Bridge to Chapter 7  
 
7. Shared Instructional Leadership
Introduction  
Strengthening Shared Instructional Leadership  
Grade and Department Level  
Collaboration  
Working Relationships  
Shared Instructional Leadership in Action  
Aligned Instructional Leadership Team for School Improvement  
Journal Reflection  
Try THIS  
Leadership Team Activity  
Bridge to Chapter 8  
 
8. Closing the Teaching Gap
Learning from Success Stories  
When is Good Instructional Leadership Going On?  
Leverage Your Strengths  
Closing the Teaching Gap  
Try THIS  
Leadership Team Activity  
Final Reflection  
 
Answers to In-Your-Head Quizzes
 
References
 
Recommended Books and Publications
 
Index

"Donald Bartalo has a real gift for helping teachers recognize and improve their instructional potency. Drawing on his considerable experience and research as a teacher, administrator and coach, he creates a practical and sustainable method that will help educators become self reflective, focused practitioners."

Gregory Baker, Principal
Geneva High School, NY

”Don Bartalo understands the essence of second order change. He is focused on how to enable school leaders to work within a new pedagogical paradigm. This is a 'how to' book for any school leader wanting to move a school beyond incremental improvement.”

Stephen Uebbing, Associate Professor
University of Rochester, Warner School of Education, NY
Key features

The book contains extensive pedagogical devices to help readers:

  • Springboards
  • Voices of Experience
  • Case Illustrations
  • In-Your-Head Quizzes
  • Research Moments
  • Journal Reflections

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: The "Teaching Gap"


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