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Small Changes, Big Impact

Ten Strategies to Promote Student Efficacy and Lifelong Learning

Designed as a guide to school reform, this resource outlines a series of ten small-scale changes powerful enough to make a lasting impact. Promote K–12 student growth through research-based instructional strategies, performance-based assessments, and social-emotional learning (SEL).

Benefits

  • Understand how to redefine student success as efficacy and ownership of learning.
  • Gain research-based instructional strategies and teaching methods for creating student-centered mission statements that promote student success, self-reliance, and social-emotional learning (SEL).
  • Explore how to use performance-based assessments as a process for learning.
  • Examine the qualities of growth-based feedback to promote a future pathway for achievement.
  • Obtain tools for developing dynamic reporting structures that communicate stories of learning and promote self-evaluation.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Redefine Student Success
Chapter 2: Create Student-Centered Mission Statements
Chapter 3: Organize the Curriculum Around Skills, Not Content
Chapter 4: Develop Student-Centered Rubrics
Chapter 5: Use Assessment as a Process for Learning
Chapter 6: Implement a Generative Learning Model of Instruction
Chapter 7: Provide Critical, Growth-Based Feedback
Chapter 8: Leverage Reflection and Reperformance
Chapter 9: Use Evidence-Based Grading Practices
Chapter 10: Establish Dynamic Reporting Structures
Epilogue

REPRODUCIBLES

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 10

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