Schools for All Kinds of Minds: Boosting Student Success by Embracing Learning Variation 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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Schools for All Kinds of Minds

Based on cutting-edge brain research and the pioneering work being done at the All Kinds of Minds nonprofit organization, this groundbreaking book offers a dynamic approach to closing the ever-widening achievement gap in schools. Schools for All Kinds of Minds shows how educators at all levels can develop expertise in "learning variation"—understanding how different kind of minds learn—and demonstrates how to apply this knowledge to raise achievement for all. This focus—which recognizes kids' learning strengths, not just deficits—can lead to school success even for struggling students.

The All Kinds of Minds model is defined by these essential components: Expertise in the science of learning and the belief that differences are variation, not deviation; evidence gathered from multiple sources, including an approach for understanding how specific students learn; a problem-solving model that helps to identify passions and affinities that can drive scholarship, careers, and other life choices; a set of five core beliefs about how all students are treated; and a commitment to align school and educational practices and policies to the way students learn and vary in their learning.

The book includes reflection exercises and accompanying online resources that can facilitate the use of the All Kinds of Minds model within school-based professional learning communities (PLCs) and other staff development activities, as well as teacher education programs.

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Praise for Schools for All Kinds of Minds

"Any educator who is genuinely interested in improving student success, and their own knowledge about learning, will benefit from the research and practical suggestions in this book."
Ian Adamson, retired superintendent, Alternative Programs, Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education Support Services, Peel School District Board, Ontario, Canada

"Schools for All Kinds of Minds is for all kinds of teachers. There's more than one way to learn and more than one way to teach, but only one way to have high expectations for the students in our schools. This book helps teachers with high expectations turn that thought into action."
Mike Feinberg, cofounder of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program)

"Provides school leaders with a framework and strategies that will help them move beyond an ever-growing list of accountability mandates to a focus on all students as learners that can reach their true potential."
Eric Hirsch, director of special projects, New Teacher Center

"In the fast-moving world of educational reform, this work stresses the importance of putting the science of learning front and center in the current debate about how to improve schools. I highly recommend it to a wide audience of those committed to the maxim that effective teaching results in higher student learning."
Michael Spagna, Ph.D., dean, Michael D. Eisner College of Education, California State University, Northridge

"This essential book puts the customization of school-based learning opportunities in the spotlight with accessible descriptions of how our brains work and concrete tools for maximizing their full potential. A must-read for educational leaders at all levels of school systems."
Sandra J. Stein, CEO, NYC Leadership Academy

"Students everywhere deserve principals, district leaders, and teacher leaders who have not only read this book, but who also have taken the ideas in it to heart—and who have worked in partnership with students and their families to create schools and classrooms that teach all kinds of minds."
Gene Thompson-Grove, director, professional development and special initiatives, Public Schools of Brookline and national facilitator, The School Reform Initiative, Inc.

Product details

  • ASIN : B003C2SOVU
  • Publisher : Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Publication date : March 9, 2010
  • Language : English
  • File size : 2451 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 286 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
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