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Succeeding With Struggling Students

Succeeding With Struggling Students
A Planning Resource for Raising Achievement

Foreword by Max Thompson

October 2006 | 248 pages | Corwin

"A superb resource, Succeeding With Struggling Students brings innovative ideas and a sense of urgency. Richardson shows what is possible when educators fully commit to high levels of learning for all students and take bold, innovative actions to make success a reality."
—Dennis Sparks, Executive Director, National Staff Development Council

The ideal framework to promote successful achievement for underachieving students!

Schools today are working harder than ever to help ensure that all children can learn and achieve high standards. Marti Richardson, a recognized leader in professional and curriculum development, delivers an innovative, classroom-tested program with planning tools to customize it for any school or district's data-based needs.

Designed around a "Learn-It-Teach-It" cycle, the program combines research-based interventions and immediate classroom practice for teachers. Strategies for "preview" instead of "review" instruction move struggling students beyond cycles of repetition, and scaffold learning to help them learn alongside their peers. With an easy-to-understand framework, the program's flexibility makes it adaptable not only for reading but also for other content area instruction. This highly motivational guide provides:

  • Essential questions and templates for administrators
  • Scaffolding for a successful school or district blueprint
  • Tools and strategies for planning and implementation
  • Research-based interventions
  • Links for professional development

With a unique approach that can be adopted or adapted, Succeeding With Struggling Students helps underachievers hold on to the previous school year's learning as well as gain ground to put them ahead and prepare them for new learning. This book gives educators the tools needed to implement the process from print to plan!

The Genesis of the Book

A Fresh Approach to Thinking


A Sequential Model for Program Planning: Organization and Content

About the Author
1. Laying the Foundation: Indentifying Needs
Meet William

The Achievement Gap

William's District

Addressing the Problem

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

2. Planning How We Got There
Paving the Way: Preparing to Develop the Model

Developing the Model

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

3. Selecting Educators: The Quest for Excellence
A Results-Based Selection Process

A Student-Focused Outcome

Articulating the Selection Process: Why It Is Important

What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do

Assessment Tools to Ensure Quality in the Selection Process

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

4. Developing a Purpose-Driven Curriculum
Acquiring Knowledge

Planning the Curriculum

Organizing and Categorizing the Questions

Developing a "Question Wheel"

Characteristics of a Preview Curriculum

Planning Elements

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

5. Value-Added Instruction
Instructional Effectiveness

Making Critical Decisions

Analyzing the Critical Decisions

The Acquisition Lesson

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

6. Professional Development for Student Learning
Finding the Key to Success

Setting the Standard for Professional Learning in the Program

Student Success and the Standards

The PLP and the Professional Growth Design

The Role of the Administrator and Coach

Lab-Based Staff Development

Staff Development Agendas


Evaluating Professional Development

Expected Outcomes for Staff Development

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

7. Assessing for Effectiveness: Evaluating Quality
Establishing the Evaluation Framework

Evaluating the Journey

Amplifying Formative Assessment Tools

Assessing as Staff Development

Appraising, Judging, and Measuring Value

Evaluation Design

Summative Evaluation

Evaluation Results

Expanding the Concept

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

8. Summary: Exceeding Expectations
William Today

Moving Forward: Glacing Back

Our Challenge

Making It "Live" for You: A Planning Template

Appendix A: Evaluation Results
Appendix B: Expanding the Concept
Appendix C: Glossary

"Marti Richardson’s Succeeding With Struggling Students brings innovative ideas and a sense of urgency to the creation of schools in which all students experience academic success. Richardson addresses the key areas of teacher selection, curriculum, instruction, professional learning, and assessment of program effectiveness and provides practical tools to guide readers’ thinking and action planning. This book shows what is possible when educators fully commit to high levels of learning for all students and take bold, innovative actions to make it a reality."

Dennis Sparks, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

"Not only does her book offer the strategy (preview learning) for attaining that goal, but the book also offers a very specific framework and model for others to apply in developing their own revolutionary innovations."

From the Foreword by Max Thompson
Key features
  • Grounded in research
  • Describes in detail a successful program model
  • Unique approach can be adapted or adopted
  • Provides tools for planning and implementation
  • Essential questions and templates scaffold construction of a unique school or district blueprint
  • Rubric for assessing results provides data
  • Links professional development and student interventions

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