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Rigorous Schools and Classrooms

Leading the Way, 1st Edition

By Ronald Williamson, Barbara R. Blackburn


208 pages

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Turn your school into a student-centered learning environment, where rigor is at the heart of instruction in every classroom. From the bestselling author of Rigor is Not a Four-Letter Word, Barbara Blackburn, and award-winning educator Ronald Williamson, this comprehensive guide to establishing a schoolwide culture of rigor is for principals and other administrators who want to create the conditions in which rigorous classrooms flourish.

School leaders will learn to:

  • Manage a movement toward increased schoolwide rigor
  • Engage teachers in conversations about improving instruction
  • Build support for rigor among families and community members
  • Learn methods for gathering meaningful data on student learning
  • And much more!

With practical, ready-to-apply strategies, this book outlines and simplifies the steps toward achieving rigor at the school level. It represents a successful program that principals and administrators can use to put student learning first!


"This book is a WOW! It voices and puts into practical language so many of the pieces we are trying to capture in our district."

—Karen Hickman, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Pasadena, TX

Table of Contents



1. Leadership for Rigor: More Than a Mandate

2. A Rationale for Rigor

3. Recognizing Rigor

4. The BASE Planning Model

5. Culture

6. Ownership and Shared Vision

7. Managing Data

8. Professional Development

9. Advocacy

10. Shared Accountability

11. Structures to Support Rigor

12. Challenges and Opportunities

13. References

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