2017 Finalist, Best Book Award
To reach true academic rigor, learners need high levels of both cognitive complexity and student autonomy. Moving them in this direction, however, requires teachers to become skilled at using research-based strategies to make the critical instructional shifts that deepen student learning. The Essentials for Achieving Rigor model of instruction and corresponding series of books were developed to help teachers provide that caliber of truly rigorous instruction. This guide, developed by authors of the Essentials series, brings it all together. Carla Moore, Michael D. Toth, and Robert J. Marzano provide valuable tips and guidance to help teachers leverage essential strategies to:
- Conduct standards-based planning and instruction
- Establish conditions for learning and criteria for success
- Use formative assessment data to make decisions
- Practice strategies in a unified system of instruction
Each book in the Essentials series details one of 13 research-based strategies that facilitate the delivery of rigorous, standards-based teaching. This guide supplements that work, providing a big-picture view of the Essentials model’s components, purposes, and practical use in the classroom. Complete with templates for performance scales, student evidence, and lesson details, it empowers educators and leaders to transform their schools into thriving, sustainable communities of practice.
Product Code: BPP170001
Often the students and teachers’ voices are left out of planning due to curriculum maps. The Essentials for Standards-Driven Classrooms allows educators to comprehend what it means to put standards at the heart of their work while focusing on the students. Teachers are allowed to intentionally plan for their classroom through learning targets that are aligned to the highest level of the taxonomy. Rigor will be front and center of all classrooms with the support of this book.
—Melissa S. Collins, 2014 West Tennessee Teacher of the Year
Our PLC’s have reached a point of stagnation, and I’m excited to have the Essentials model to help jump start our PLC work so that we can continue to improve student learning. The switch to using real time data will increase PLC member buy-in and allow us to make immediate changes to improve student learning.
—Tiffany Richard, 2012 Kansas Teacher of the Year