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CLARITY
What Matters MOST in Learning, Teaching, and Leading



January 2019 | 400 pages | Corwin

Shared knowledge between educators breeds shared success in all systems and schools  

Comprehensive in scope, CLARITY illustrates how system and school leaders must come together to boost student achievement and build teacher capacity to learn, teach and lead. By emphasizing collaborative processes, Lyn Sharratt’s detailed design demonstrates how shared knowledge, equity and expertise can make every classroom more impactful and every teacher more empowered. Readers will uncover these ‘Big Ideas’:

  • 14 essential Parameters to guide system and school leaders toward building powerful collaborative learning cultures
  • Case studies, vignettes and firsthand accounts from gifted teachers and leaders bring important theories and practices to life
  • From all points in the organization, a ‘line-of-sight’ directly to students’ FACES in every classroom to ensure continuous improvement
  • Data-driven tasks and tools to tackle solutions needed in all facets of education

With more than four decades of research, writing and practical experience in system, school, and classroom improvement, Sharratt provides a ‘why-and-how-to guide’ to assist educators across the globe as they solve 21st century-created problems and identify the much-needed learning critical to the success of our future citizens. 

 
List of Online Resources
 
List of Acronyms
 
Foreword by John Hattie
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
In Memoriam
 
Introduction by Alma Harris
 
PART I. LEARNING
 
Chapter 1. CLARITY: The 14 Parameters: A Learning Framework
The Third Teacher: Creating a Collaborative Culture of Learning

 
Introduction to the 14 Parameters

 
Achieve CLARITY Using the 14 Parameters

 
How to Begin Implementing the 14 Parameters

 
A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

 
 
Chapter 2. CLARITY: Knowing the FACES of Learners
Achieving Because They Believe They Can

 
Parameter #1: Shared Beliefs and Understandings

 
Parameter #14: Shared Responsibility and Accountability

 
Putting FACES on the Data

 
Powerful Questions to Get to Know Learners and Learning

 
Parents Are Critical Partners in Knowing Each Learner

 
Parameter #12: Parents and the Community Are Critical Partners in Learning

 
A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

 
 
Chapter 3. CLARITY: Collaborative Inquiry With Teachers and Leaders
Parameter #11: Collaborative Inquiry

 
The Value of Collaborative Inquiry

 
When Do We Inquire Collaboratively? Professional Learning Communities at Work

 
Lead in Order to Learn and Learn in Order to Lead

 
A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

 
 
PART II. TEACHING
 
Chapter 4. CLARITY in Teaching: Assessment
Parameter #3: Quality Assessment Informs Instruction

 
Formative and Summative Assessment

 
Debriefing Each Component of the Assessment Waterfall Chart

 
Learning Walls Capture the Ongoing Assessment Journey

 
A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

 
 
Chapter 5. CLARITY in Teaching: Instruction
Parameter #3: Assessment Informs Instruction and Parameter #13: Cross-Curricular Literacy Connections

 
Literacy Learning Is the Foundation of All Instruction

 
Eight Components of High-Impact Literacy Instruction

 
A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

 
 
Chapter 6. CLARITY: Processes That Support Collaborative Inquiry With Students
Parameter #14: Shared Responsibility and Accountability

 
Collaborative Inquiry With Students

 
Collaborative Inquiry in the Classroom

 
Three Approaches to Student-Led Collaborative Inquiry

 
A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

 
 
Chapter 7. CLARITY: Using Data for Prevention and Intervention
Parameter #6: Case Management Approach

 
Prevention: Data Walls

 
Intervention: Case Management Meetings

 
Parameter #5: Early and Ongoing Intervention

 
A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

 
 
PART III. LEADING
 
Chapter 8. CLARITY: The Knowledgeable Other—Leading Alongside
Parameter #2: The Embedded Knowledgeable Other

 
Six Evidence-Proven Professional Learning Approaches

 
A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

 
 
Chapter 9. CLARITY: Precision in Leadership Practice
Parameter #4: Principals and System Leaders as Lead Learners

 
The Six Dimensions of Leadership

 
The New Sixth Leadership Dimension

 
System Leadership in Action

 
School Leadership in Action

 
Principal Learning Teams

 
Learning Walks and Talks: Leading to Ensure the Growth of All Students

 
A Deliberate Pause to Create CLARITY

 
 
Conclusion
CLARITY: Leadership for the Future

 
The FACES of CLARITY

 
 
Afterword by Melanie Greenan
 
Glossary of Terms
 
References and Further Reading
 
Index

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ISBN: 9781506358727
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