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Powered by McREL, this educator planner program provides research-based strategies and a common language incorporated into a daily-used tool for teachers and administrators.
When a common language is used throughout the school, consistent instructional and learning expectations are developed from class to class, and teacher collaboration becomes more of a reality.
Use the planner to keep your busy life organized and also as a reminder about how you can use McREL's leadership principles and learning strategies on the job and on a daily basis.
Content for this planner is based upon the ASCD published book, Classroom Instruction that Works.
The educator planner incorporates McREL's nine categories of instructional strategies and 21 leadership responsibilities into a daily routine. Every day the planner is used, educators are advancing their skill set.
Students remain at the center of the learning continuum with the Professional Planning that Works! program. At the end of the day, it is all about helping students achieve more and grow to their fullest potential. When teachers implement the instructional strategies into their daily lessons, students are the ones who benefit the most.
With conferences and institutional credits outside of the realm of today's school budgets, the Professional Planning that Works! program is a cost-effective way to provide practical professional development support to your staff.
Simplified into daily, digestible activities, actions and reminders, Professional Planning that Works! offers an easy-to-apply approach to learning and skill improvement in education.
In addition to being easy to apply, the program is also easy to implement into your school immediately. The strategies are already defined; the planner pivots around self-initiation from individual educators and encourages team work-study; and supporting program components reinforce the program. Workshops and textbooks that complement the planner can be purchased to deepen understanding and further daily implementation of the strategies in each and every classroom.
To ensure our products are easy to use and provide the most impact possible, we provide extra resources that help educators integrate the program into the classroom. Learn more about our product support in the Online section above.
Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 192
Layout Format: Matrix
Housed in a stylish, grey-suede portfolio, this 2011-12 planner is filled with tips, quotes, and inspiration from McREL's many years of research and experience in teaching, leading, and learning.
Focused, front-end content is based on McREL's nine categories of instructional strategies and 21 Leadership responsibilities, as published in its best-selling book by ASCD, Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, as well as its publication, School Leadership That Works; From Research to Results.
Keep your place and what works in school and in the classroom at the top of your mind by using the compact, laminated bookmark that snaps right into your planner. It features Leadership Responsibilities on one side and Strategies for Classroom Instruction on the other.
schoolspecialty.com is a dedicated, password-protected resource. The website houses a variety of downloadable support items designed to help educators implement this program in their classroom. See the Online section above for details.
Want McREL's strategies on your desktop? Use this free wallpaper as an attractive reminder of the nine categories of instructional strategies that McREL's research has shown to improve student achievement.
The included educator support pieces elevate the program's effectiveness without adding more work for busy teachers. That is why we created ProfessionalPlanning.schoolspecialty.com, a password-protected website where educators can download support pieces.
All this support adds additional value and helps educators get the most from the Professional Planning that Works! planner program.
School Specialty Planning & Student Development field tested samples of a first edition of its McREL professional planner with nearly 400 educators during the 09/10 academic year. Participants included administrators and teachers from schools across the United States. Educator feedback provided critical insight in terms of how educators can use the planner to extend professional development training they receive on the research-based strategies from the book Classroom Instruction that Works.
"I like the format of the McREL professional planner. It allows me to prioritize what I need to do for the day. It also allows me to refer to a source listed in the planner. It keeps me on track. It also helps me to reflect on my McREL training." Administrator
"The calendar is very helpful because I can list information I need to do on a weekly and or daily basis. I also like that the information regarding putting what works is available to reread at a glance. I absolutely loved the quotes. The Discuss, Reflect, and Think sections were excellent. Excellent bookmarker too!" Educator
"I like the Think, Record, Act and Check sections of the planner. These concepts are vital to successful teaching and academic success. Oftentimes, we plan our days without setting specific priorities or checking back and reflecting on what we have done. I also like the fact that the planner includes pages for weekly lesson plans as well as individual lesson plans. There are occasionally lessons that may need to be detailed, and the individual lesson plan pages affords you the opportunity to do so." Administrator
"The planner was very well structured, providing staff important details all combined in one document. This simplifies things." Educator
"[I like that] everything is in one place. Also, it is a great guide to lead us through the development of a Purposeful Community." Educator
"I like the discussion and reflection segments and the references to the book for further reflection. The weekly check, review and reflect reminders help provide a system of focusing." Educator
"The calendar is very convenient for personal and professional appointments." Administrator
"The appearance is attractive. [I like] the many different compartments - the business card holder section and the zipper section. Most of all, [I like] the wealth of information contained within the planner." Administrator
"The page-finder [was helpful] because it was durable [and had] concise information to keep you subliminally focused on effective teaching and effective leadership." Administrator