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The Leader's Guide to Working with Underperforming Teachers
Overcoming Marginal Teaching and Getting Results

ISBN 9781138855786
Published March 14, 2016 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Book Description

Under increasing pressure in the face of teacher evaluation systems and accountability measures, schools must focus on those teachers that exhibit marginal to incompetent teaching behaviors in their classrooms. This book is a vital resource for educational leaders who are responsible for instructional programs and teacher evaluation. Zepeda’s tried-and-true strategies will help you take the necessary steps to support and mentor struggling teachers by detecting underperformance, developing strategies to help teachers, engaging in difficult conversations to enact plans of improvement, and following legal requirements. The practical tools found in this book will help teachers improve their instruction, assessment, classroom management, and teamwork.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Framing the Issues about Underperforming Teachers

Chapter 2: Teacher Evaluation in a Nutshell

Chapter 3: Making the Commitment to Effective Teaching

Chapter 4: Underperforming Teachers In and Out of the Classroom

Chapter 5: Conversations Needed to Work with Underperforming Teachers

Chapter 6: Improvement Planning with Underperforming Teachers … 135-156

Chapter 7: The Complexities Leaders Face Working with

Underperforming Teachers

Chapter 8: Keeping Issues in the Classroom Out of the Courtroom: Legal Principles for Confronting Underperforming Teachers

Ann Blankenship

Chapter 9: The Consequences of Doing Nothing and Making Tough Decisions When All Else Fails

Chapter 10: Final Perspectives

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Sally J. Zepeda is a Professor of Educational Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, where she teaches courses in instructional supervision, professional development, teacher evaluation, and school improvement.


"This book is a must-read for building and system leaders.  Zepeda offers a framework for leaders to improve instructional practices for underperforming teachers, and she provides clarity in assembling cues, approaches, and tools to support leaders.  This book is a great read for busy school leaders who want to increase student performance by better understanding how to improve instruction across your school and district. Zepeda gets to the point in a clear and easy to follow manner. This book is of such quality that it will easily become the go-to book for school leaders and those who work with underperforming teachers in their schools and systems." 


--Philip D. Lanoue, Superintendent, Clarke County School District, GA



"In this book, one of the most prolific authors in the field makes a clarion call to school leaders to embrace their moral responsibility regarding underperforming teachers. Zepeda not only calls for leaders of learning to display the courage to address issues of underperformance, but also provides myriad strategies for assisting struggling teachers, and when all else fails, for removing teachers who have no commitment or potential to improve."

--Stephen P. Gordon, Professor of Education and Community Leadership, Texas State University, USA