In his new book, Mike Schmoker—a former administrator, English teacher, and football coach—makes a bracing case for a back-to-basics approach to education. He calls on teachers and schools, in no uncertain terms, to abandon ever-changing "fads, programs, and innovations," and zero in on what he calls the "three essential elements" of high-quality schooling: coherent curriculum, effective whole-class instruction, and purposeful reading and writing. (at Education Week)
Schmoker's book is about and is called Focus: Elevating the Essential to Radically Improve Student Learning. To learn more, click the above hyperlinked text.