1) Expectations - Some schools and districts get all caught up in “correlations” and spend endless time tracking: Percent of babies born at low-birth weight; percent of children born to single moms; percent of children in families receiving government assistance; and education levels of mothers. The simple truth is educators in high-performing high poverty schools and districts do not do that. They focus on what they can do, not on what they cannot do.
In terms of this year's summer reading, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn is a clear winner! Don't end your summer with a long list of books that you 'didn't get to'. Instead, focus your reading on one phenomenal book, and broaden your perspectives on teaching and learning in the context of current research. This book is guaranteed to make you think more deeply about practices in your organization, and will make you a stronger educator, leader, mentor or consultant.