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Preface Chapter 1: Change the Mindset, Not the Setting Chapter 2: Barriers That Impede Student Success Chapter 3: Growing Effective Teachers Chapter 4: Meeting the Socio-Emotional Needs of Students Chapter 5: Creating the Environment and Culture for Student Success Chapter 6: What Can Administrators Do? Chapter 7: Acquiring School Wide Efficacy Chapter 8: Conclusion Appendix A: Teachers Sense of Self-Efficacy Scale Appendix B: Collective Teacher Beliefs Appendix C: Positive Climate Works Cited

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Renee Thompson, EdD, is high school curriculum & instruction coordinator and assistant principal in Waco, TX


In Creating Conditions for Growth: Teacher Efficacy for Student Success, Dr. Thompson reaffirms that quality teaching is the lifeblood of our educational system, and she examines the myriad of issues teachers and schools face on a daily basis which can present barriers to all students having access to quality teaching. Through examining effective strategies across these complex issues, Dr. Thompson articulates a set of practices that increase the likelihood of all students having access to effective teachers. -- Denise Collier, Texas State University
Education is failing both students and teachers. This fact is not hidden as we see schools failing and teachers protesting nightly on the news. Dr. Thompson poignantly outlines the educational practices which cause and continue this failure specifically among the most marginalized students-at-risk students-who are least likely to have their needs met elsewhere. Thompson's discussion of student failure and its relationship to standardized testing and lack of teacher retention are both accurate and timely; the solutions she offers focus on the thoughtful development of teachers and school culture in order to create a space where students can make mistakes and grow into their learning. Dr. Thompson argues that teachers are education's greatest resource and they need support and intentional development, a voice and access to colleague collaboration. Administrators and school officials would be wise to take her sage advice and implement the strategies she outlines, especially when it comes to alternative education, in order to run schools with greater care to create environments that foster learning-for both teachers and students. -- Danielle MacDonald, Columbia University

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