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Leading Standards-Based Learning

An Implementation Guide for Schools and Districts

By: Tammy Heflebower, Jan K. Hoegh, Philip B. Warrick

Standards-based learning is a great step forward for schools, but it must be implemented correctly to ensure the best educational experience possible. In this comprehensive implementation guide, the authors outline a research-backed, five-phase plan for leading the transition to a standards-based grading system.

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Leading Standards-Based Learning

Standards-based learning is a great step forward for schools, but it must be implemented correctly to ensure the best educational experience possible. In this comprehensive guide, the authors outline a research-backed, five-phase plan for leading the transition to a standards-based system. Throughout the phases of implementation, readers will find specific steps to develop curriculum, train staff, leverage technology, deploy new reporting systems, and communicate with stakeholders.

  • Develop a strong standards-based curriculum.
  • Align instruction and reliable assessments to the standards.
  • Change outdated grading and reporting practices to promote student learning and growth.
  • Share knowledge with and seek feedback from teachers, students, families, and other stakeholders.
  • Achieve a sustainable standards-based learning system that benefits all students in a school or district.
  • Study implementation examples from real teachers, leaders, and schools.

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Product Code: BKL052, EKL042

ISBN: 9781943360376

“The change to standards-based learning is transformational, and this text provides the guidance and examples necessary for leaders to plan and smoothly navigate through this second-order change. This book is a must-read for anyone implementing standards-based learning in their schools or districts.”

Christy O’Toole, executive director of curriculum and instructional support, Wichita Public Schools

“Heflebower, Hoegh, and Warrick move beyond mere philosophy and platitudes of standards-based learning and provide tangible, research-based practices that enable leaders to orchestrate major grading and assessment initiatives in any and all educational contexts. The authors offer a clear and concise guide that enables teacher leaders, site administrators, and district leaders to ensure that random acts of excellence are re-engineered to develop strong, consistent communities of practice that benefit all educators in making meaningful change and ultimately impact children in their learning, development, and confidence.”

Michael McDowell, EdD, superintendent, Ross School District, California

“This book is an invaluable resource for all leaders charged with the important role of guiding the implementation of standards-based learning (SBL). It provides a powerful blend of research and a wealth of practical tips and resources for leaders to transform how grading is considered, applied, and shared within their school context. Whether you are just beginning the process of implementation or you have already implemented some aspects of SBL, you will gain the necessary insights for developing a purposeful and effective multiphase plan for your school.”

Janelle Wills, director of professional learning, Hawker Brownlow Education

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