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Succeeding With Struggling Students

Succeeding With Struggling Students
A Planning Resource for Raising Achievement

Foreword by Max Thompson

December 2006 | 248 pages | Corwin
While it is true that students who struggle with reading can lose important ground during the summer, it is possible to help these students hold onto the previous school year's learning as well as gain new ground to put them ahead for fall.

Written by Marti Richardson, a past president of the National Staff Development council and a recognized leader in professional development and curriculum development, Succeeding With Struggling Students details the development and implementation process for a summer reading lab. Designed around a learn-it-teach-it cycle, the lab combines professional development for teachers--to develop their facility with research-based interventions and immediate classroom practice--with the specific interventions to benefit struggling students.

With each component of the summer intervention lab blueprint, Richardson offers a description of the model program she developed for her district. For administrators, staff developers, and curriculum directors, she provides a set of questions to assist their district and school teams customize the blueprint to their specific goals, needs, and requirements.

The Genesis of the Book

A Fresh Approach to Thinking


A Sequential Model for Program Planning: Organization and Content

About the Author
1. Laying the Foundation: Indentifying Needs
Meet William

The Achievement Gap

William's District

Addressing the Problem

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

2. Planning How We Got There
Paving the Way: Preparing to Develop the Model

Developing the Model

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

3. Selecting Educators: The Quest for Excellence
A Results-Based Selection Process

A Student-Focused Outcome

Articulating the Selection Process: Why It Is Important

What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do

Assessment Tools to Ensure Quality in the Selection Process

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

4. Developing a Purpose-Driven Curriculum
Acquiring Knowledge

Planning the Curriculum

Organizing and Categorizing the Questions

Developing a "Question Wheel"

Characteristics of a Preview Curriculum

Planning Elements

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

5. Value-Added Instruction
Instructional Effectiveness

Making Critical Decisions

Analyzing the Critical Decisions

The Acquisition Lesson

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

6. Professional Development for Student Learning
Finding the Key to Success

Setting the Standard for Professional Learning in the Program

Student Success and the Standards

The PLP and the Professional Growth Design

The Role of the Administrator and Coach

Lab-Based Staff Development

Staff Development Agendas


Evaluating Professional Development

Expected Outcomes for Staff Development

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

7. Assessing for Effectiveness: Evaluating Quality
Establishing the Evaluation Framework

Evaluating the Journey

Amplifying Formative Assessment Tools

Assessing as Staff Development

Appraising, Judging, and Measuring Value

Evaluation Design

Summative Evaluation

Evaluation Results

Expanding the Concept

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

8. Summary: Exceeding Expectations
William Today

Moving Forward: Glacing Back

Our Challenge

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

Appendix A: Evaluation Results
Appendix B: Expanding the Concept
Appendix C: Glossary

"Marti Richardson’s Succeeding With Struggling Students brings innovative ideas and a sense of urgency to the creation of schools in which all students experience academic success. Richardson addresses the key areas of teacher selection, curriculum, instruction, professional learning, and assessment of program effectiveness and provides practical tools to guide readers’ thinking and action planning. This book shows what is possible when educators fully commit to high levels of learning for all students and take bold, innovative actions to make it a reality."

Dennis Sparks, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

"Not only does her book offer the strategy (preview learning) for attaining that goal, but the book also offers a very specific framework and model for others to apply in developing their own revolutionary innovations."

From the Foreword by Max Thompson

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