Turn your school into a student-centered learning environment, where rigor is at the heart of instruction in every classroom. From the bestselling author of Rigor is Not a Four-Letter Word, Barbara Blackburn, and award-winning educator Ronald Williamson, this comprehensive guide to establishing a schoolwide culture of rigor is for principals and other administrators who want to create the conditions in which rigorous classrooms flourish.
School leaders will learn to:
With practical, ready-to-apply strategies, this book outlines and simplifies the steps toward achieving rigor at the school level. It represents a successful program that principals and administrators can use to put student learning first!
This book is a WOW! It voices and puts into practical language so many of the pieces we are trying to capture in our district. —Karen Hickman, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Barbara Blackburn was interviewed in the April 2013 issue School Leadership Briefing.
Blackburn and Williamson's COMPASS model featured in SREB's HSTW newsletter, Schools Break the Mold to Produce Graduates Ready for Success in College and Careers.
At the heart of the new CCSS is a focus on higher expectations.
Download the whitepaper, Common Core State Standards... Only the Beginning! by leading education expert Dr. Barbara R. Blackburn and learn how you can create a rigorous environment to help all learners succeed.
Dr. Barbara Blackburn has dedicated her life to raising the level of rigor and motivation for professional educators and students alike. Barbara has taught early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies. She holds a master’s degree in school administration and is certified as a school principal in North Carolina. She received her Ph.D. from UNC--Greensboro.
Ronald Williamson is a professor of leadership and counseling at Eastern Michigan University. Previously, he taught at the University of North Carolina and was a teacher, principal, and executive director of instruction in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, Public Schools. Currently, he is serving as an assessment and scheduling consultant as well as editor of research briefs for the Principals’ Partnership, a program of the Union Pacific Foundation.