Language Experience Approach to Literacy for Children Learning English

The instructional framework presented in this book is intended to help teachers provide all young children, but especially English-language learners, with rich, meaningful, and interactive literacy instruction. Referred to as LEALE, the instruction is grounded in the traditional Language Experience Approach (LEA). It has been expanded to encompass principles and practices of research-based early literacy instruction as understood and presented in current professional literature. The approach is presented in an attractive, easily understood style that invites both beginning and experienced teachers to engage their students in literacy.The LEALE instructional framework presented here grew out of the many happy hours that the author spent working with children and their teachers over the years. Included are pictures and examples of classroom materials (chart stories and journals) from children in Belize, Central America, and children in urban centres in Alberta, Canada.This title also features:a brief history of LEA and its enduring merits an overview of the research that supports the enhancements of LEA included in LEALE a full description of LEALE, with examples a guide for planning instruction, including examples of unit topics and related resources descriptions of supplementary learning activities designed to enhance children’s learnin recommended assessment procedures reproducible materials to aid teacher planning and record-keeping


Essential Ideas for the Reform of American Schools

This book is different than its predecessors in that it identifies and synthesizes twelve key constructs that have important implications for both administrators and researchers; these constructs guide administrators engaged in meaningful school improvement efforts and provide researchers an agenda for future study. The articles of the book capture decades of theoretical and research work. Essential Ideas for the Reform of American Schools identifies and synthesizes key constructs that have important implications for the improvement of schools. The articles have been written over a period of several decades and are grounded in theoretical analysis and empirical research. Together they form a coherent body of literature for both practitioners interested in improving schools and researchers committed to the study of school effectiveness. Twelve Key Concepts for School Improvement The chapters are organized around constructs that have been identified as critical aspects of schooling and schools in the United States; all have been published in scholarly national and international journals, and all are analyses we have done alone, together, or with our colleagues and former students. The research and theory demonstrates how a body of work by a group of researchers can build and expand to new areas as old questions are answered and as new ones shape future inquiry.


Educational Administration

The leading text in its field, the sixth edition presents the most comprehensive synthesis available of theory and research in organizational behavior as it applies to the practice of Educational Administration. It provides practitioners with the concepts and research findings necessary to solve practical problems. Each theoretical perspective concludes with an authentic case study which challenges students to apply their knowledge to an actual contemporary school problem.


Thinking About Schools

As its title implies, this book has a deceptively simple mission: to prepare would-be school leaders to draw upon a variety of theoretical perspectives when thinking about schools and schooling. It shows how theories can function as cognitive tools to be mastered, carefully stored in one’s intellectual toolbox and used to interpret and resolve real world problems. Beneath this goal lies the belief that the most effective leaders are those who are able to construct their own well-grounded interpretations of events and their own responses to those events. Key features of this exciting new text include the following.
Focus on Alternative Theories – The functionalist theoretical views that have dominated administrator preparation programs for the last half-century are reviewed early in the book and are shown to be inadequate to the task of understanding and coping with the complex realities of modern day schooling. The remainder of the book presents alternative views of schooling that, taken together, can be thought of as a theoretical repertoire from which to construct interpretations and solutions to everyday, real-world problems.  
Focus on Diversity – Diversity is examined from a variety of viewpoints. Chapter 6 looks at the cultural bases of leadership, Chapter 7 at comparative and international contexts, and Chapter 8 at gender and sexual orientation.  
Illustrative Cases – Each chapter contains a case with an embedded dilemma similar to those that real-world administrators confront. While illustrating the particular theoretical view presented in the chapter, these cases are sufficiently complex that they lend themselves to interpretation by any of the other theories considered in the book.
This book is appropriate for graduate-level courses with titles such as Organizational Theory, Theory of School Leadership, or Introduction to Educational Administration. It might also be used as one of several texts in advanced courses on leadership theory.