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Saving American schools is the most important task of our time. Our schools are in a state of emergency as technology grows and the cultural, social, and political landscapes shift. Producing graduates who are knowledgeable thinkers is more critical now than it ever has been if we are to compete on the world stage. Failure to address the crisis widens the achievement gap with disastrous effects:
• Students underperform and lose interest in education. • Graduation rates decline. • Disciplinary issues abound. • Professionals disengage and only do enough to get by. • Dedicated teachers leave the profession in frustration. • Parents become enraged that the “system” has failed their children.
There is a new guard in modern educational thought. The ideas for how to fix our ever-growing problems are not coming from the top, from administrators, principals, and curriculum writers. They are coming from the frontline educators: the teachers themselves. These brave souls “on the ground” in the fight to save our schools offer a unique perspective on the solutions we crave.
In this book, the authors explore how to establish and maintain a Professional Learning Community (PLC) where teachers lead. They cover:
• Empowering teachers to lead the school community.
PLCs are the most effective and innovative tool of our era to accomplish student achievement. This powerful solution sits at the heart of a collaborative effort that brings all of the stakeholders in education together. When teachers feel empowered to impact the learning environment in meaningful ways, they become electrified about their role, incentivized to increase their knowledge, and inspired to reach every student, producing schools filled with students who are fully engaged and excited to learn.
The age of toxic school cultures is over. It has been replaced by one filled with energy and promise. Get your copy of “Set Your Team on Fire” and one for every educator, principal, superintendent, and district leader you know. Better school cultures create environments where students and teachers want to be and where kids learn.
Dr. Roz Gaskins
During her years leading in the school system, Dr. Roz Gaskins served as instructional coach, instructional lead teacher and grade-level administrator. As an instructional leader, she led teacher teams to utilize data to increase student achievement within Title I and turnaround schools. Dr. Roz earned her BS in Elementary Education from Morgan State University and MS in Curriculum and Instruction (Administration) from McDaniel College. Her doctoral research focused on the role of instructional coaches within professional learning communities. Dr. Gaskins continues to collaborate with teachers and school leaders as the CEO and founder of The Village Leadership Group, LLC. She is committed to utilizing her skills and knowledge of instructional leadership, professional learning communities, and data inquiry to transform the learning culture of schools.
Arnice Williams, known professionally as Coach Williams, has served as an educator and teacher leader for fifteen years. She teaches and trains with a passion that permeates the classroom and reflects her belief that education should be accessible, applicable, and enjoyable.
Her stellar insight ensures engaging and challenging curriculum. In 2018, Arnice was named the Teacher of the Year for her school and runner-up in her county.
She is the owner and CEO of Coach Williams T3, LLC (Tutoring, Teaching and Training), an educational company aimed at providing world-class support to families and superior professional development for educators. Finally, Coach Williams is the Content Supervisor and Leadership Coach for The Village Leadership Group, LLC.