• Explore
  • Elliott_Seif
  • Using Education Leadership Articles as a Staff Development Tool to Promote a 21st Century Education

Elliott Seif

Philadelphia, PA

Interests: 21st century learning,...

  • Posted 6 Years ago
  • 5.2k

Using Education Leadership Articles as a Staff Development Tool to Promote a 21st Century Education

(Elliott Seif, the author of this blog, is a member of the ASCD Understanding by Design cadre and a contributor to Educational Leadership. You can find this blog and others, along with numerous resources that describe, support, and deepen this educational approach, at:  www.era3learning.org)

The beginning of the school year is a good time to think about staff development activities for the coming year. One form of staff development is through individual reading and group study in many different areas that relate to developing a 21st century school program.


The following Educational Leadership articles are useful for personal, school and district professional development, discussion, and change. The six article categories enable a staff developer to choose articles based on the educational needs of individual educators, school professionals, and district staff.


As a member of ASCD, you can access these articles and use them for individual reading and group study. To have access to the articles, you will have to log in to the ASCD website using your membership number and a password, then go to the Educational Leadership archives.


You can find a more complete listing of readings in each category on my website, www.era3learning.org  - era 3 learning resources page, general resources section. It may also be worthwhile to search for additional and more recent articles that will enhance learning in these and other areas of interest. Other journals, such as Phi Delta Kappan, also have articles that are useful resources for 21st century educational perspectives.


May these and other articles and readings promote positive educational change that better prepare students to live in a 21st century world!!!


Building a coherent, focused, meaningful curriculum

•Ancess, Jacqueline. “Snapshots of Meaning-Making Classrooms”, September, 2004

•Armstrong. Thomas.The Curriculum Superhighway”, May, 2007

•Brandt, Ron, “On Teaching for Understanding: A Conversation with Howard Gardner, April, 1993

•Brooks, Martin and Brooks, Jacqueline Grennon, “The Courage to be Constructivist”, November, 1999

•Clark, Terrence, “21st Century Scholars”, September, 2009

•David, Jane. “Service Learning and Civic Participation”, May, 2009.

•Egan, Kiera. ”Learning in Depth”, November, 2008

•Hersh, Richard. “A well-Rounded Education for a Flat World”, September, 2009.

•Levine, Peter. “The Civic Opportunity Gap”, May, 2009

•Levy, Frank and Murnane, Richard, “Education and the Changing Job Market”. October, 2004

•Levy, Steven and Blake, William “To See the World in a Grain of Sand”, November, 1999

•Loken, Brent, And Gruber, Sheryl. “Awakening Global Consciousness”, July, 2009 (online)

•McTighe, Jay, Seif, Elliott and Wiggins, Grant, “You Can Teach for Meaning”, September 2004

•Perkins, David and Blythe, Tina, “Putting Understanding Up Front", February, 1994

•Perkins, David and Salomon, Gabriel, “Teaching for Transfer”, September, 1988

•Rotherham, Andrew and Willingham, Daniel. “21st Century Skills:

The Challenges Ahead”, September, 2009

•Treffinger, Donald. “Preparing Creative and Critical Thinkers”,

Summer, 2008 (online only)

•Wagner, Tony. “Rigor Redefined”, October 2008

•Wiggins, Grant and McTighe, Jay, “Put Understanding First”,  May, 2008 (High School Focus)

•Zhao, Yong. “Needed: Global Villagers”, September, 2009


Choosing core content

•Bafumo, Mary Ellen, “The Roots of Learning”, March, 1998

•Beane, James, “Beyond Self Interest: A Democratic Core Curriculum”, April, 2002

•Eisner, Elliot, “What Really Counts in Schools”, February, 1991

•Hirsch, E.D. Jr. “Seeking Breadth and Depth in the Curriculum” October, 2001

•McTighe, Jay and Thomas, Ronald, “Backward Design for Forward Action”, February, 2003

•Nelson, George, “Choosing Content That’s Worth Knowing”, October, 2001

•Perkins, David, “Knowledge Alive”, September, 2004

•Traver, Rob, “What is a Good Guiding Question?”, March, 1998

•Wiggins, Grant, “The Futility of Trying to Teach Everything of Importance”, November, 1989


Creating new forms of assessments

•Chappuis, Stephen and Stiggins, Richard, “Classroom Assessment for Learning” September, 2002

•Deuel, Angie, Nelson Tamara, et. Al. “Looking at Student Work”, November, 2009

•Nathan, Linda. “What’s Been Lost in the Bubbles”, October, 2008

•Niguidula, David, “Documenting Learning with Digital Portfolios”, November, 2005

•O’Neil, John, “Putting Performance to the Test”, May, 1992

•Schmoker, Mike, “The Results We Want”, February, 2000

•Schmoker, Mike. “Measuring What Matters”, December, 2008-January, 2009.

•Schnitzer, Sandra, “Designing an Authentic Assessment”, April, 1993

•Simmons, Rebecca, “ The Horse Before the Cart: Assessing for Understanding”, February, 1994

•Wiggins, Grant, “Practicing What We Preach in Designing Authentic Assessments”, December1996/January 1997


Using interactive, engaging instructional practices

•Barry, Cynthia. “From Great Texts-To Great Thinking”, March, 2010

•Caine, Geoffrey, Caine, Renate Nummela and McClintic, Carol, Koetsch, Peg, Guiding the Innate Constructivist”, September, 2002

•Clyde, Jean Anne, and Hicks, Angela, “Immersed in Inquiry”, Summer, 2008

•Curtis, Diane, “The Power of Projects”, September, 2002

•Daniels, Harvey and Zemelman, Steven. “Out With Textbooks, In With Learning”, December 2003/January 2004.

•Hartman, Jenette, DeCicco, Emily and Griffin, Gayle, “Urban Students Thrive as Independent Researchers”, November, 1994

•Jacobs, Vicki, “Reading, Writing and Understanding”, November 2002

•Larmer, John and Mergendoller, John, “Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning”, September, 2010.

•March, Tom, “The Learning Power of WebQuests”, December 2003/January 2004

•McTighe, Jay, “What Happens Between Assessments?” December 1996/January 1997

•Moulds, Philip, “Rich Tasks”, December 2003/January 2004

•Newmann, Fred and Wehlage, Gary, “Five Standards of Authentic Instruction”, April, 1993

•Savole, Joan and Hughes, Andrew, “Problem-Based Learning As Classroom Solution”, November, 1994.

•Tredway, Lynda, “Socratic Seminars: Engaging Students in Intellectual Discourse”, September, 1995

•Vacca, Richard, “From Efficient Decoders to Strategic Readers”, November, 2002

•Weiss, Iris and Pasley, Joan, “What is High-Quality Instruction?” February, 2004

•Wiske, Stone, “Using Technology to Dig for Meaning”, September, 2004.

•Zorfass, Judith and Copel, Harriet, “The I-Search: Guiding Students Toward Relevant Research”, September, 1995


Learning in specific subject areas and with collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches

•Barton, Mary Lee, Heidema, Clare and Jordan, Deborah, “Teaching Reading in Mathematics and Science, November, 2002

•Carpenter, Stephen, II, “Art Lessons: Learning to Interpret”, November, 1999

•Conn, Kathleen, “The Dangerous Intersection Project…and Other

Scientific Inquiries” February, 2004

•Coxford, Arthur and Hirsch, Christian, “A Common Core of Math for All”, May, 1996

•Criscuola, Margaret, “Read, Discuss, Reread: Insights from the Junior Great Books Program”, February, 1994

•Crockett, Cynthia. “What Do Kids Know-and Misunderstand-About Science?” February, 2004

•Gardner, Howard and Boix-Mansilla, Veronica,  “Teaching for Understanding – Within and Across the Disciplines”, February, 1994

•Grady, Elizabeth, “Future Shock”, December 2003/January 2004 (Health Education)

•Graseck, Susan. “Teaching with Controversy”, September, 2009

•Ivey, Gay. “Texts that Matter”, March 2010

•Kobrin, David, Abbott, Ed, Ellinwood, John and Horton, David, “Learning History by Doing History”, April, 1993

•Lee, Patricia, “To Dance One’s Understanding” February, 1994

•Leinwand, Steve and Fleischman, Steve, “Research Matters/Teach Mathematics Right the First Time”, September, 2004

•Newman, Steve and Allen, Dave. “Senior Studies: Life Prep 101, summer, 2008

•Olson, Joanne and Mokhtari, Koulder. “Making Science Real”, March, 2010

•Schmidt, William, “A Vision for Mathematics”, February, 2004

•Seif, Elliott, “Social Studies Revived”, December 2003/January 2004

•Skolnik, Susan, “Launching Interest in Chemistry, September, 1995

•Stallworth, B. Joyce, “The Relevance of Young Adult Literature”, April, 2006

•Trefil, james and O’Brien-Trefil, Wanda. “The Science Students Need to Know”, September, 2009.

•Wolf, Marianne, and Barzillai, “The Importance of Deep reading”, March, 2009.


The process of change

•Abrutyn, Leslye, “The Most Important Data”, March, 2006

•Alter, Gloria. “Challenging the Textbook”, May, 2009.

•Bambino, Deborah, “Critical Friends”, March, 2002

•Calhoun, Emily, “Action Research for School Improvement”, March, 2002

•Dufour, Richard, “The Learning-Centered Principal, May, 2002

•Ferrero, David, “Pathways to Reform: Start with Values”, February, 2005

•Graham, Beth and Fahey, Devin, “School Leaders Look at Student Work”, March, 1999

•Jacobs, Heidi Hayes, “Building a Timely Curriculum: A Conversation with Heidi Hayes, Jacobs”, December 2003/January 2004

Kohm, Barbara and Nance, Beverly. “Creating Collaborative Cultures”, October, 2009

•Lemke, Sheryl and Coughlin, Ed, “The Change Agents”, September, 2009

•Lewis, Catherine, Perry, Rebecca and Hurd, Jacqueline, “A Deeper Look at Lesson Study”, February, 2004

•Reys, Barbara, Reys, Robert and Chavez, Oscar, “Why Mathematics Textbooks Matter”, February, 2004

•Routman, Regie, “Teacher Talk”, March, 2002

•Strong, Richard, Silver, Harvey, Perini, Matthew, Basho, Issa and Onitsura, “Keeping It Simple and Deep”, March 1999

•Vogler, Kenneth, “Asking Good Questions”, Summer, 2008

•Wiggins, Grant and McTighe, Jay, “Examining the Teaching Life”, March, 2006




Post a Comment

1000 Characters Remaining

Back To Top