How do great educators bring about real change to make a difference in students’ lives? In this first volume of the Routledge Great Educators Series, 10 of education’s most inspiring thought-leaders come together to share their top suggestions you need right now to innovate in your school or classroom. You will gain fresh insights and practical strategies on these essential topics:
- Personalizing professional learning (Jeffrey Zoul)
- Promoting a positive school culture (Todd Whitaker)
- Improving our hiring practices (Jimmy Casas)
- Designing spaces that maximize learning (Thomas C. Murray)
- Empowering students in their learning and assessments (Starr Sackstein)
- Flipping the classroom to reach each student (Kirk Humphreys)
- Positioning libraries as learning hubs (Shannon McClintock Miller)
- Helping others embrace technology changes (Katrina Keene)
- Developing personal, not just professional, skills (Dwight Carter)
- Embracing each student's passions and strengths (LaVonna Roth)
Filled with inspiring stories throughout, the book will leave you feeling motivated to take risks and try new things in your own school or classroom. As the authors say, if we want to make a real difference, it’s not enough to do the things we do better; we must also do new and better things!
Table of Contents
Meet the Authors
Chapter 1: Innovative Professional Learning
Chapter 2: Innovative Ways to Impact School Culture
Chapter 3: Innovating Our Hiring Practices
Chapter 4: Innovative Learning Spaces
Thomas C. Murray
Chapter 5: Innovative Assessment that Amplifies Student Voice
Chapter 6: Innovating the Math Classroom
Chapter 7: Librarians...True Champions and Leaders of Innovation!
Shannon McClintock Miller
Chapter 8: Sparking Innovation from Failure
Chapter 9: Innovating Personal Skill Development
Chapter 10: Taking Risks and Pushing Boundaries
Jimmy Casas (@casas_jimmy) is an educator, bestselling author, and speaker with 22 years of school leadership experience. He served 14 years as principal at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the "Best High Schools" in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.
Todd Whitaker (@ToddWhitaker) is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri. He is a leading presenter in the field of education and has written more than 50 books including the national bestsellers What Great Teachers Do Differently and Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher, co-written with Madeline Whitaker Good and Katherine Whitaker.
Jeffrey Zoul (@Jeff_Zoul) is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader. During Jeff’s distinguished career in education he has served in a variety of roles, most recently as assistant superintendent for teaching and learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109 in Deerfield, Illinois. Jeff is president of ConnectEDD, an organization specializing in educational conferences, professional learning, consulting, and coaching.
"Imagine you have the opportunity to learn from the most exciting, innovative and inspiring educators today…..all in one book! 10 Perspectives on Innovation in Education is an exciting project that brings today’s brightest educators together to share ideas, resources, and practices that can be tried tomorrow. Be ready to be engaged and inspired, and to innovative your practices tomorrow." — Jessica Cabeen, Principal, 2017 Minnesota Nationally Distinguished Principal, Author and Speaker
"Imagine having a resource at your fingertips of wisdom and insight from an eclectic band of leaders in education. One need not imagine further than this highly engaging book. Whether you have attended one of the What the Great Educators Do Differently Conferences or you have yearned to participate, there is now a rich reservoir of voices united in leadership for you to visit, share, and apply. Each author paints a portrait in empowering the reader to take innovation to the next level in a classroom, schoolhouse, or district. This book is more than a series of next steps. It is an inspiring call to action for all educators to heed and carry forward in service of our kids and colleagues." — Sean Gaillard, Principal at Lexington Middle School, KY
"10 Perspectives on Innovation in Education is a valuable resource for educational leaders in various roles, as it not only identifies critical areas in our field, but also provides actionable solutions. The book is timely, relevant, and practical." — Sarah-Jane Thomas, Chief Operating Officer, EduMatch®
"The book is geared for educators at all levels. Inspirational, aspirational and practical are apt descriptors of the thoughts shared by the education innovators in this first volume."—Marilyn King, deputy superintendent instruction, Bozeman, Mont., in AASA's School Administrator, May 2021, https://my.aasa.org/AASA/Resources/SAMag/2021/May21/Reviews.aspx