1st Edition

Building School Culture One Week at a Time

ISBN 9781596671430
Published February 3, 2010 by Routledge
176 Pages

USD $29.95

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Book Description

Use Friday Focus memos to motivate and engage your staff every week, and help create a school culture focused on the growth of students and teachers.

Easy to understand and implement, Friday Focus memos offer an effective and efficient way to improve student learning, staff development, and school culture from within. Written by educational consultant and former principal of two award-winning schools, Jeffrey Zoul, these memos focus on topics such as active learning, high expectations, gratitude, test preparation, and more. Zoul provides 37 teaching and learning memos, one for each week of the school year, for principals and other administrators to reproduce and circulate among their staff.

Zoul prefaces each memo with stories from his experiences as a teacher, coach, and assistant principal in the K-12 levels. You can also write your own memos, with guidance on possible topics and teacher takeaways. Other memo topics include:

  • The heart of coaching
  • A community of leaders
  • Homework perspectives
  • Response to intervention basics
  • Principles of great teaching

Table of Contents

1. Laying the Groundwork
2. A Culture of Care
3. Standards for School Performance
4. Curriculum: An Action, Not a Thing
5. Active Learning
6. Background Knowledge: The Foundation
7. Differentiated Instruction Defined
8. Expecting the Best
9. Graphic Organizers
10. Differentiated Instruction Practices
11. Lesson Closure
12. A Collaborative Learning Culture
13. The Heart of Coaching
14. A Culture of Gratitude
15. A Community of Leaders
16. Making it Stick
17. Teaching Organization Skills
18. A Culture of Giving
19. Stretching the Culture for Powerful Learning
20. Creating a Vision
21. Homework Perspectives
22. And more!

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