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Community Service (Support Teacher Effectiveness Program - Asset-Based PLC Model)


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4 Ways to Maximize the ROI on Professional Development Spending


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How Our Leadership Academies are Creating Better School Principals


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How the STEP Model Uncovers Local Bright Spots and Transforms Instruction


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A Research-based Approach to Instructional Coaching


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Why Video is Essential for All Educators in the Teacher Feedback Process


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3 Keys to Building Strong Instructional Leadership Teams


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Back-to-School Prep for School Leaders


(Getting Smart)

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Syracuse Academy Targets Aspiring Leaders Among Teachers, Admins


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Four Ways Blended PD Makes Teachers Ready for the Classroom


(Getting Smart)

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Forget Singapore and Finland: For Best Practices in Education to Leverage, Let’s Look Elsewhere


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2 Key Questions to Guide Your PD for Principals


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Superintendents: The lessons we learned in 2016 [Including "School Improvement Models Should Be Shared Across the Globe"]


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Books, Training Manuals & Guides

Coaching for Change: A Practical Guide to Instructional Coaching

Instructional coaching has become a widely used strategy for improving teacher practice and raising student achievement.

This comprehensive coaching guide combines the best in coaching theory with practical, usable tools for implementing any coaching initiative.

Whether you are a new or a veteran instructional coach, Coaching for Change is an invaluable resource for creating a successful coaching initiative at your school site.

Based on current research and theory, this essential guide provides:

  • A practical framework for thinking about key issues that impact instructional coaches
  • In-depth case studies whose lessons can be applied to any school site
  • Guided reflection exercises
  • Self assessments
  • A full complement of field-tested tools and processes that any instructional coach can implement with teachers tomorrow

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Coaching for Change - A Practical Guide to Instructional Coaching

Strategic Design for Student Achievement

Content standards have become the central focus of instruction in almost every classroom across the country. This timely book addresses the critical need for a process of instructional design that allows K-12 teachers to maintain their creativity within the increasing pressures of external accountability.

Providing practical tools, the Strategic Design process empowers teachers to examine state content standards, design effective classroom assessments, and deliver engaging instructional strategies.

Drawing on the work of Wiggins and McTighe, this book offers a fresh perspective on the backward-design process by expanding on their theories of instructional design, as well as those of Richard Stiggins. This text is grounded in actual classroom practices.


This user-friendly book:

  • Presents a field-tested approach to standards-based instruction that is widely respected by the teachers who have used it.
  • Supports high-quality and engaging classroom instruction that is founded upon a comprehensive understanding of content standards.
  • Explains a clear process for designing and delivering instruction in a way that invests both teachers and students.
  • Draws on current research and theories of instruction, as well as the authors' extensive professional development experience with classroom teachers.

Training Manual for Strategic Design for Student Achievement

The Strategic Design Training Manual is the companion guide for Insight's world-class teacher training and instructional coaching. The resources in the guide have been used by Insight facilitators to lead teachers through the process of unpacking and prioritizing their standards, aligning high quality assessments, and designing instruction that moves students towards those targets.

The Training Manual includes sample standards-based units and quality rubrics that can be used for self- and peer-assessments. Collectively, the tools and processes in this manual set the stage for the development of productive and focused learning communities.

Teachers can use the resources in the binder to calibrate their planning, fine-tune their assessments, and communicate expectations to students.

To purchase this publication, contact us at 800.935.7022.

Leading for Change: A Practical Guide to Instructional Leadership

  • What constitutes effective instructional leadership?
  • What specific leadership practices make areal impact on teaching and learning?
  • How should instructional leaders begin the complex and nebulous task of engendering school improvement?

Leading for Change provides answers to these and other questions facing school leaders today. Based on current research and theory, this guide provides a practical framework (The Six Goals of Instructional Leadership) for thinking about key issues that impact school leaders and overcoming the obstacles that often get in the way.

How should instructional leaders begin the complex and nebulous task of engendering school improvement? Leading for Change provides answers to these and other questions facing school leaders today.

Based on current research and theory, this guide provides a practical framework (The Six Goals of Instructional Leadership) for thinking about key issues that impact school leaders and overcoming the obstacles that often get in the way.

This user-friendly book:

  • Six specific leadership goals that every instructional leader should be focused on achieving.
  • A comprehensive Action Planning Guide that will assess your school's readiness for sustained improvement.
  • Case studies and reflection activities designed for application to your school's individual context.
  • A robust set of instructional leadership activities, aligned to the Six Goals of Instructional Leadership, that your team can use to promote school growth.

Distilling rigorous research into practical and actionable steps, Leading for Change gives instructional leaders the tools they need to provide effective leadership for stronger and better schools.

To purchase this publication, contact us at 800.935.7022.