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The Marzano Synthesis

A Collected Guide to What Works in K–12 Education

By: Julia A. Simms

With so many professional learning topics available, teachers sometimes gain expertise in multiple areas without understanding how it all connects to better serve students. This book helps you put it all together—from student engagement to metacognitive skills to standards-based curriculum and more.

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A structured exploration of education research to inform your teaching practice

This book offers K–12 educators a comprehensive framework connecting myriad professional learning topics in one cohesive, easy-to-follow guide. Organized into three parts that focus on students, teachers, and principals, The Marzano Synthesis delivers a structured exploration of mental systems, standards and curriculum, assessment, and other key topics. See how it all fits together, supported by Robert Marzano’s decades of research plus new findings in education.

K–12 educators will:

  • Receive a comprehensive overview of key concepts in education through the lens of Robert Marzano’s research
  • Delve into the four systems that comprise students’ thinking and learning
  • Align intended, taught, and attained curricula through proficiency scales and classroom assessment
  • Explore self- and metacognitive systems and learn how to use these systems to promote greater teacher well-being
  • Reflect on the importance of planning and review to instruction, as well as how technology can assist teachers in these essential tasks
  • Understand what the research says about how the role of the principal can benefit teacher development and guarantee learning for all students

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Additional Information

Product Code: BKL075, EKL066

ISBN: 9781943360840

Published By: Marzano Resources

“Amid the pressure for schools to prove their effectiveness, Julia Simms offers a beacon of clarity in The Marzano Synthesis. Drawing on decades of research from renowned educator Dr. Robert J. Marzano, Simms guides readers away from the pitfalls of quick-fix solutions and provides a road map for sustainable improvement. By distilling complex research into actionable strategies, this book empowers teachers and principals to cultivate a laser-like focus on what’s most likely to enhance student learning. A must-read for anyone committed to meaningful educational improvement.”

Jeffrey Holm, superintendent, Willmar Public Schools, Minnesota

“As a doctor evaluates and prescribes, Julia Simms has honed the skill of diagnosing the systemic balance crucial for educator success. Through her deep understanding and application of Robert Marzano’s research, she has adeptly defined the synchronized harmony among students, teachers, and principals essential to foster effective practices in K–12 education. Julia’s expertise illuminates the path toward sustainable educational excellence, ensuring that what truly works in the classroom emerges as a guiding principle for all stakeholders involved. Her dedication to promoting this balance is invaluable, setting a standard of excellence for educators striving to make a meaningful impact in the lives of students.”

Michael Grenda, principal, Neal Math and Science Academy, Illinois

“Julia Simms does a masterful job of connecting research, practice and results for all educational practitioners. Her ability to provide clarity within the complexity of classrooms and schools speaks volumes of the work she, Bob, and others have done individually and collectively over the last 50 years, focusing on both the science and the art of all things education!

[This book is] the perfect resource to bring connection and relevance to the integral structures and processes of student learning, teacher planning, preparation and reflection with integrated leadership and support as a linchpin to success. Simms provides crucial reminders of practices that work harmoniously together for the betterment of everyone within the walls of school communities.

Over the years, educators and leaders have been blessed with a vast amount of research, theory and practice to assist in the betterment of classrooms and schools across the nation. Simms brings everything together, into manageable chunks, and practical actions for students, teachers and leaders. Her synthesis of decades of research is a true gift for today’s educational world and the possibilities of tomorrow.”

Nicole Lambson, executive director of curriculum, instruction, and teacher development, Farmington Municipal Schools, New Mexico

The Marzano Synthesis offers educators an accessible resource that draws on sound research and insights to enhance student learning. Whether leading in the classroom or at the district level, Simms’s work offers a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to education that skillfully balances the what, why and how of removing barriers to learning. This text approaches Marzano’s body of work with a lens that distills, refines, and emulsifies important contributions to the research base. This will be a go-to resource for many educators for years to come.”

Christopher Tranberg, superintendent of schools, Branford, Connecticut

“Simms does a remarkable job of synthesizing the brilliant and transformative contributions made to education by Dr. Robert Marzano. In short, Bob’s work profoundly impacted my journey as an educator! I have referenced his work countless times in my research, strategy implementation, leadership, and training of other educators throughout the world. He is nothing short of a change agent, and his influence is second to none. His heart, his sense of humor, his friendship, and his tutelage powerfully changed my life. Simms’s amalgamation is pure genius. It thoughtfully encapsulates his ideas and decades of inspiration; they will continue to serve as an infinite beacon for educators, and a legacy beyond compare.”

Tammy Heflebower, award-winning and best-selling author; CEO, Inspire Advisory & Consulting
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