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Learning-Driven Schools: A Practical Guide for Teachers and Principals


reviewed by Carol Ann Tomlinson May 09, 2007

coverTitle: Learning-Driven Schools: A Practical Guide for Teachers and Principals
Author(s): Barry Beers
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA
ISBN: 1416603468 , Pages: 179, Year: 2006
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The field of education is defined by confounding and intractable contradictions. We know what constitutes effective classroom practice but frequently don’t translate that knowledge into action. We teach novice teachers the research-theory-practice connection, but once in their own classrooms, teachers are likely to be overcome by the exigencies of dealing with complex young lives and regress to the pedagogy practiced on them when teachers dealt with their complexities. Academicians often don’t speak the language of the classroom and, sensing this disconnect, teachers eschew their work as largely irrelevant. We speak of a principal as the instructional leader and more often than not watch him or her become a building manager. In education, the pieces often don’t line up. Enter Barry Beers. Beers is a bridge builder. His title is School Principal—but what he does in that role is construct bridges between what we know about learning and how teachers teach. He... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 09, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14479, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 5:10:10 PM

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  • Carol Tomlinson
    University of Virginia, Curry School of Education
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    CAROL ANN TOMLINSON is Professor of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at The University of Virginia's Curry School of Education. She is author of How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms and numerous other books and articles on differentiated instruction. She continues to do research, to write, and to work with educators on this topic.
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