Selected Readings

Starting the Conversation About Grading – Susan Brookhart argues that the first task in successful grading reform is to reach consensus on the purpose of grades.

What is the Purpose of Grading? – From Tom Guskey's book, Answers to Essential Questions About Standards, Assessments, Grading, & Reporting.

Five Hallmarks of Good Homework – This article describes five key characteristics of meaningful homework — purposeful, efficient, personalized, doable, and inviting.

Show Us What Homework's For – In this article, students provide insight into how homework practices should change so that it provides "deliberate practice that strengthens academic skills and knowledge." 

Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning – This article outlines the essential elements of meaningful, well-structured student projects.

Too Dumb for Complex Texts? – Makes the case that we must foster in our digital-age students the habit of slow-reading, required to address the demands of complex texts.

What Makes a Great Teacher? – This Atlantic Monthly article presents findings from a decade's worth of Teach for America data.

Grading What Matters – The author of this recent Educational Leadership article explains how our grading practices reveal what we truly value.

The Quest for Quality – This Educational Leadership article highlights the importance of assessment quality and balance.

Learners Need Purposeful and Systematic Instruction – This article highlights some important fundamentals about how we scaffold instruction for our students through modeling, guided instruction, collaborative learning, and independent learning.

Men for Others – In this seminal 1973 address, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, challenges Jesuit alumni to re-think the mission of Jesuit education.

Orchestrating the Media Collage – This Educational Leadership article addresses what it means to be "literate" in a digital age, and lists eight guidelines for teachers.

Rigor Redefined – This article from Educational Leadership asserts that "even our 'best' schools are failing to prepare students for 21st-century careers and citizenship."

Teaching 21st Century Skills: What Does It Look Like in Practice? – This short article from Harvard Ed Letter describes and provides examples of 21st century teaching.

Adolescent Literacy – A Policy Research Brief from NCTE – Summarizes what we know about adolescent literacy, including "common myths" and research-based recommendations for instruction.

Check It Out! Using Checklists to Support Student Learning – Well-designed checklists identify steps for completing complex tasks while scaffolding students' metacognitive development.

The Gray Areas of Grading – Addresses those "gray areas" of grading within the context of a particular definition of "accountability."

"Cool" engagements with YouTube: Part 1 & Part 2 – Explores the highly participatory nature and pedagogical potential of YouTube.

The Case For and Against Homework – Makes the case that homework shouldn't be abandoned, just improved.

Learning in the Digital Age – Understanding our students as "digital natives"

Professional Learning Communities – As described by Richard Dufour

Cooperative Learning Overview – Definitions and principles from Johnson & Johnson

Building Better Instruction – How technology supports nine research-proven strategies

10 Critical Qualities of Student Work – As defined by Phillip Schlechty

Skills We Must Teach Our Graduates – As summarized in The New Divison of Labor

Inflexible & Flexible Knowledge – Knowing the difference has implications for how we teach

Religion in High Schools – Excellent overview

Flat Earth summary by Tom Friedman – Important to math and science education in America

Bishop's Statement:  Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millenium, June, 2005

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