Area of Focus
Instructional Leadership
Publications and Products

Leading the LearningLeading the Learning: A Field Guide for Supervision and Evaluation

This text explores the collaborative contexts in which educational leaders work to ensure that student learning is the central focus of all stakeholders. No maer what teacher performance criteria or model is used by the district, it provides in-depth information and user-friendly tools around best practices to note, suggestions to make, and reflective questions to ask. Strategies for gathering and analyzing data from multiple sources are accompanied by clearly explained feedback options including guidelines for holding data-driven, yet sometimes difficult, conversations. Tools and templates are available on a CD-ROM. 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.

The Principal’s Library

As instructional leaders, principals need to have their finger on the pulse of all facets of the teaching and learning occurring in the school. This comprehensive collection provides a common language and concept system across the spectrum. Priced at $150, more than 30% off regular price of $234.65, this is a world-class bargain.

  • Leading the LearningThe Principal’s Library
  • Creating a Culture for Learning: Your Guide to PLCs and More
  • Instruction for All Students
  • Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
  • Why Didn’t I Learn This in College?
  • The 21st Century Mentor’s Handbook
  • Active Learning and Engagement Strategies

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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.

 

Meeting the Needs of Diverse LearnersMeeting the Needs 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.

The 21st Century Mentor's HandbookThe 21st Century Mentor’s Handbook

Mentors find this text an indispensable tool in planning their interactions with new teachers. This handbook provides a multitude of resources including a mentoring calendar, needs assessments, tools for goal seing and reflection, instructional design templates, guidelines for observation and coaching, and field-tested ways to deal with the potential problems of novice teachers. Ready-to-use tools and templates are available online or on CD-ROM. 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.

 

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.

 

Teacher Leader Essentials

If you are a coach or mentor or want to be one, this set of books is just what you need! You can have everyone speaking the same language in no time at all. Watch out because everyone will want to borrow one or the other! The $125.00 price for the collection is more than 25% off regular price of $169.75.Teacher Leader Essentials

 

  • Instruction for All Students
  • Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
  • Creating a Culture for Learning: Your Guide to PLCs and More
  • Why Didn’t I Learn This in College?
  • The 21st Century Mentor’s Handbook

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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

MTNs-fs8-or8Meeting 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.

 

 

Mentoring and Supervision Scenarios What Do You Do When...CardsMentoring and Supervision Scenarios What Do You Do When… Cards

These cards present over 40 real-world scenarios that occur on a regular basis. Mentors and administrators can engage in deep discussions about how to approach the problems presented. Learn more.

 

 

Creating a Culture for Learning What Do You Do When... CardsCreating a Culture for Learning What Do You Do When… Cards

The transition to a culture where all staff members are commied not only to the success of all students but also to the success of one another is an ongoing journey. The scenarios on these cards have been collected from instructional leaders who have been on this journey over time. The situations described on these cards provide powerful conversation starters for staff and might even help you avoid some of these issues. Learn more.

 

 

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