The Best of the Marshall Memo: Book One: Ideas and Action Steps to Energize Leadership, Teaching, and Learning


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Epigraph Publishing
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8.0 X 10.0 X 0.8 inches | 1.69 pounds

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About the Author

Kim Marshall was a teacher, central office administrator, and principal in the Boston Public Schools for thirty-two years. Since 2002, he has led workshops and courses, coached school leaders, and consulted with schools and districts. Starting in 2003, he has produced the weekly Marshall Memo. Kim is the author of a number of articles and books, including Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation (Jossey-Bass, second edition, 2013).
Jenn David-Lang has worked in the field of education for more than twenty-five years as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. Currently, she runs THE MAIN IDEA, an annual subscription service that provides monthly summaries of compelling books and professional learning ideas to school leaders throughout the world. In addition, Jenn facilitates Masterminds (online groups of educational leaders learning together), designs and provides workshops for leaders, coaches leaders, and conducts school evaluations.


"By creating this compilation of article summaries, Marshall and David-Lang have performed an incredible service to professional educators. This book is filled with practical yet insightful resources that will help educators in addressing some of the most complex and difficult issues they face. For educators who genuinely desire to make a difference, this book will be an invaluable resource." --Pedro A. Noguera, Professor of Education, UCLA

"The Best of the Marshall Memo provides busy educators with a concise toolkit that makes the research actionable. I wish I had this resource when I was principal of a large urban high school, always trying to solve the seemingly unsolvable problem." --Sue Szachowicz, former principal, Brockton High School/Brockton, MA

"Another great resource that my fellow superintendents and I will surely use! In our efforts to help leaders grow and think critically, this collection of article summaries will be a source of great conversations. Thank you, Kim Marshall and Jenn David-Lang, for an outstanding collection!" --Curtis Jones, Superintendent, Bibb County Schools/Macon, GA; 2019 National Superintendent of the Year

"I've long admired Kim Marshall's dedication to improving teaching, leadership, and learning as a principal, principal-mentor, and writer. For more than 15 years, the Marshall Memo newsletter has been a vital resource for educators across the country. Now Kim has partnered with Jenn David-Lang to curate the very best Memo summaries and add specific action recommendations. With tips that range from the practical to the aspirational and even inspirational, The Best of the Marshall Memo is a veritable treasure trove full of gems for every educator who wants to better their schools, districts, and themselves." --John B. King Jr., President and CEO, The Education Trust; formerly tenth US Secretary of Education

"The Marshall Memo has long been the go-to guide for teachers and school administrators seeking sound advice about research that informs their work. Now, in this skillfully curated compendium of first-rate articles, Marshall and David-Lang provide readers with a trove of insight and commentary about key challenges that educators face in leadership, school organization, and instructional practice. The book brims with issues that will strike a professional chord, findings that will confirm and challenge educators' beliefs, and resources to support individual learning and collegial growth. Keep this book within easy reach; you'll use it often." --Susan Moore Johnson, Jerome T. Murphy Research Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"Kim Marshall, in collaboration with Jenn David-Lang, has reviewed, synthesized, and updated nearly 800 Marshall Memos he has written over the last fifteen years and produced an absolutely invaluable guide for school leaders. Under three broad headings--the leadership toolkit, more teaching in more classrooms more of the time, and structures for student success--this book provides school leaders an unprecedented amount of wisdom, drawing on research, of course, but also interpreting that research in the light of experience about how research can be implemented in real schools. Add in the clear signposting provided by the chapter headings, and this is, quite simply, a book that no school leader can afford to be without." --Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor, University College London