Raise the level of rigor in your school and dramatically improve student learning with the tools in this book. Each illuminating exercise is tailored to educators looking to spread the word on rigor and beat the obstacles to achieving it schoolwide. Formatted for duplication and repeated use, these tools are perfect for those who currently hold a leadership position, who aspire to a leadership role, and for those who simply are leaders within their schools or departments.

Sample tools include:

  • Assess where you are now
  • Recognize the right people
  • Evaluate and adjust curriculum
  • Design an advocacy plan
  • Ensure accountability with parents
  • Use your school's schedule to increase rigor
  • And more!

Apply the courage of principals and the energy of teacher leaders as you work to provide every student with a rigorous education. This toolkit will take you through each step of the way to improved rigor and achievement.


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:

  • Manage a movement toward increased schoolwide rigor
  • Engage teachers in conversations about improving instruction
  • Build support for rigor among families and community members
  • Learn methods for gathering meaningful data on student learning
  • And much more!

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!





Like the other books in the A-Z series, this book provides practical tools and activities that can be used immediately to improve your practice. This guide offers specific strategies that will help you become a more effective principal. There are 26 chapters in this book, one for each letter of the alphabet.

All About Achievement
Begin with a Vision
Collaborating for Success
Data-Driven Decisions
Effective School and Classroom Discipline
Finding the Right People
Grading and Assessment
How to Impact School Culture
Instructionan Leadership
Juggling Social Media
Keys to Successful Advocacy
Limited Funding Doesn't Have to Limit You
Motivating Teachers
New Ideas, New Challenges
Options for Successful Meeting
Professional Learning Facilitates Growth
Quality Teacher Evaluation
Recognizing the Law
Serving Special Populations
Teaming with Families and Community
Under Pressure: School Safety
Valuing Your Role as a Learner
Working Together for the Future
The X Factor: Balancing Work and Personal Life
Year After Year: Sustaining Success
Zero In on Your Schedule
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