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Instruction for All Students

Instruction for All Students

This text provides strategies and resources for actively engaging students and multiple approaches to lesson and unit design. It also includes information on technology integration, formative assessment, 21st century thinking skills that promote rigor and relevance, and formats for job-embedded learning. Tools and templates for this text are available online. Learn more.

 

 

Common Core Special Edition Instruction for All StudentsInstruction for All Students Common Core Special Edition

This text, recently updated to provide information about implementing the Common Core and make explicit connections between the research-based strategies in the book with the requirements of the Common Core, provides resources for actively engaging students and multiple approaches to lesson and unit design. It also includes information on technology integration, formative assessment, 21st century thinking skills that promote rigor and relevance, and formats for job-embedded learning. Tools and templates are available online. Learn more.

 

Strategies in Action: Volume IStrategies in Action Volume I
A Collection of Classroom Applications

This amazing collection provides glimpses into the classrooms of K-12 teachers across the spectrum of content areas. It features descriptions of how teachers have used the instructional, assessment, and organizational strategies found in Why Didn’t I Learn This in College? and Instruction for All Students in their own classrooms. Learn more

Strategies in Action Volume II

 

 

Strategies in Action: Volume II
Applications in Today’s Diverse Classrooms

Teachers from across the country describe how they have used the instructional, assessment, and organizational strategies found in Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners, Instruction for All Students, and Why Didn’t I Learn This in College? These PreK-12 teachers point out the ways that they have scaffolded instruction for students with special needs, engaged resistant and reluctant learners, sheltered instruction for English Language Learners and extended the learning of accelerated learners. Learn more.

 

Meeting the NeedsMeeting the Needs of Diverse Learners of Diverse Learners

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners is designed to help teachers build skillfulness in recognizing, respecting, and responding to the needs of the wide range of diverse students in today’s classrooms. This book provides an array of strategies for use with accelerated students, English language learners, and students with special needs. The author’s background as a general education teacher at the secondary and elementary levels, coupled with a graduate degree in special education and years spent working with students with learning disabilities, sets the stage for a clearly articulated belief in teachers and learners and for realistic and practical approaches to our work. Tools and templates are available online or on a CD-ROM. Learn more.

 

Why Didn't I Learn This in College?Why Didn’t I Learn This in College?

Support your new teachers by providing them with the resource that prepares them for 21st century classrooms. The second edition of Why Didn’t I Learn This in College? includes hundreds of teacher-tested procedures, routines, and strategies for organizing classrooms for learning. Over 60 ready-to-use templates are available online. If you believe that the best management program is a strong instructional program, this book is the one you want for
your new teachers. Learn more.

 

Active Learning and Engagement StrategiesActive Learning

This 2012 Top 100 District Administration Reader’s Choice award-winning book from Just ASK helps teachers move students toward mastery of the Common Core State Standards and demonstrate their own skillfulness with the teacher performance criteria that focus on student engagement. It features over 60 ways to ensure that students are interacting with the concepts, processes, and information in the Common Core State Standards in ways that promote rigor, relevance, and retention. Tools and templates for this text are available online. Learn more.

 

Creating a Culture for LearningCreating a Culture for Learning: Your Guide to PLCs and More

Paula Rutherford and several Just ASK consultants pooled their experience and expertise to write Creating a Culture for Learning: Your Guide to PLCs and More. Just ASK consultants contributing to the book include Theresa West, a highly successful principal who turned around two schools within a five-year period, Sherri Stephens-Carter, a former executive director of assessment and evaluation, Julie McVicker who has experience directing Title I programs and supervising underperforming schools, Bruce Oliver, a sixteen-year middle school principal and author of the e-newsletter Just for the ASKing!, Brenda Kaylor, a highly acclaimed professional developer and change agent, and Heather Clayton, author of the Just ASK e-newsletter Making the Common Core Come Alive! and current principal of a high performing elementary school. Tools and templates for this text are available online. Learn more.

 

Standards Based Operators ManualStandards-Based Classroom Operator’s Manual

This resource provides facilitator notes and timelines for use by professional developers as they help teachers move from being standards-referenced to standards-based. With the introduction of the Common Core, it has been come even more important that educators be as knowledgeable and skillful as possible with best practice in planning based on clearly defined learning standards. Marching through a textbook or completion of worksheets just won’t cut it now! Learn more.

 

 

Instruction for All Students Facilitator’s HandbookN4ALLFH

This handbook is designed to structure the study and use of the information presented in Instruction for All Students. It can be used for book clubs, study groups, and team, department, and faculty meetings. Teaching notes for over 20 one-hour professional learning opportunities and other extensive facilitator resources are included. The exercises are written so that the adult learning is experiential and interactive. Based on established principles of professional development, participants are expected to apply what they read and discuss in one session and come to the next session ready to report on how they used what they learned and the impact on student learning. A CD-ROM provides tools and templates that serve as handout masters and classroom tools. Learn more.

 

MTNFHMeeting the Needs of Diverse Learners Facilitator’s Handbook

This 234-page facilitator’s handbook is the perfect tool for principals, professional developers, and teacher leaders to use in planning a comprehensive year-long professional development program. It can also be used to plan focused data-driven discussions around specific challenging issues that teachers face on a daily basis. Each of the 30 to 60 minute exercises include the purpose, the time needed, the materials to use, the process to follow, and suggestions for follow-up professional practice in the classroom. All handouts are included in hard copy and on a CD-ROM. Learn more.

 

 

Instruction for All Students PLC Pack

The collection of resources in this PLC pack provide over 20 hours of interactive learning experiences. The pack is just what you need to plan instruction-based faculty meetings and workshops focused on the planning, assessment, and rigor and relevance necessary to implement the Common Core. The standard pack includes 25 copies of Instruction for Students, a copy of the Instruction for All Students Facilitator’s Handbook, a copy of Strategies in Action: A Collection of Classroom Applications Volume I, a CD-ROM of visual tools to use as PowerPoint slides and posters, a CD-ROM with over 100 issues of Just for the ASKing!, and six sets of scavenger hunt and sort cards. Learn more.

Instruction for All Students PLC Pack

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners® PLC Pack

The resources in this PLC pack are designed to support educators in increasing their capacity to ensure that all their students, from struggling to accelerated, are appropriately supported and challenged in the learning process. Over 20 hours of professional learning experiences are described in the facilitator’s handbook for use in faculty, department, and collaborative team meetings. It includes copies of Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners, a copy of the Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners Facilitator’s Handbook, a copy of Strategies in Action Volume II: Applications in Today’s Diverse Classrooms, a CD-ROM of visual tools, and six sets of Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners Scavenger Hunt and Sort Cards and six sets of What Do You When…Cards. Learn more.

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners PLC Pack

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Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners® Scavenger Hunt and Sort Cards

Use these cards that identify strategies to support and extend the learning of all students to engage colleagues in collegial discussions, self-assessment of their use of selected strategies, as hands-on interest inventories, and for scavenger hunts around strategies to support all learners or a particular area of focus such as literacy, accelerated learners, or what to do when students do not demonstrate mastery. Learn more.

 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners What Do You Do When... Cards

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners® What Do You Do When… Cards

These cards describe 40 situations and challenges frequently encountered in today’s diverse K-12 classrooms. Staff can use these cards for collaborative problem identification and solution. The conversations are sure to be engaging! Learn more.

 

 

Instruction for All Students Scavenger Hunt and Sort CardsInstruction for All Students Scavenger Hunt and Sort Cards

Help teachers expand and refine their repertories of instructional strategies by using these scavenger hunt and sort cards for the books listed below. Each card has a strategy and page number listed on it. Use them in your professional learning events; have teachers share how they use or could use these strategies in their classrooms. Learn more.

 

Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century: 2nd Grade Writer’s WorkshopTeaching and Learning in the 21st Century: 2nd Grade Writer’s Workshop DVD

Following a brief introductory lesson, this DVD features students working in collaborative writing teams where they provide each other support and growth-producing feedback and complete sophisticated self-assessments of their writing and their efforts. In addition to an uninterrupted classroom episode, a play-by-play analysis of the lesson and a reflective interview with the featured teacher are included. Learn more.

 

Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century: 3rd Grade ScienceTeaching and Learning in the 21st Century: 3rd Grade Science DVD

This DVD includes an uninterrupted classroom episode, an in-depth interview with the teacher, and a second version of the lesson with extensive commentary and play-by-play analysis of the planning, teaching, and learning involved in this episode. You will be amazed by the level of questioning and the smooth use of literacy in the science classroom. Learn more.

 

Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century: 4th/5th Grade Writer's WorkshopTeaching and Learning in the 21st Century: 4th/5th Grade Writer’s Workshop DVD

This DVD includes a 14 minute uninterrupted classroom episode followed by an in-depth interview with the featured teacher providing thoughtful and provocative responses to the reflective questions asked. Learn more.