Books and Publications

Steve has had several opportunities to collaborate and co-author publications with thought leaders, like Professor John Hattie, Dr. Douglas Reeves, and Larry Ainsworth. The selection of publictions listed below feature Steve's contributions about grading policies and practices, assessment, goal setting and strategic planning, teacher and leadership collaboration, Common Core implementation, and specific leadership and teaching behaviors that advance student growth and achievement. Please click on a title for additional information.



ACTIVATE: A Leader’s Guide to People, Practices, and Processes

In ACTIVATE: A Leader’s Guide to People, Practices, and Processes, the authors have taken into account the challenges and demands being made on school leaders now. They offer personal success stories, compelling research, and interesting comparisons to empower the reader to embrace change and successfully lead change in their organizations. The book is presented in three sections, which allows the reader to understand how a simultaneous focus on developing people, implementing a few but effective practices, and consistently monitoring processes will lead to the desired results of change leaders. Each of these foci is essential to successful change leaders.


Standards and Assessment: The Core of Quality Instruction

When it comes to standards and assessment, educators and researchers tend to have differing opinions on what works for all students, but they will agree on one thing—standards and assessment are the core of quality instructional practices. This anthology includes research and advice from industry experts on various topics that include performance assessment, frequent assessment in math and science, assessing 21st‑century learners, effective grading practices, and scoring student work collaboratively, among others. All of the topics in this book are tied to the Common Core State Standards and all will leave the reader with strategies and concepts that will help all students succeed. 


Data Teams: The Big Picture—Looking at Data Teams Through a Collaborative Lens

Data Teams: The Big Picture is an anthology of writings about the key components of Data Teams by experts who focus on answering the basic questions: What are Data Teams and how does implementation affect the current initiatives within my school or district? In clear, succinct essays these Data Team experts carefully cover the following topics: Response to Intervention, English Language Learners, Leadership Performance Coaching, Standards and Assessment, Instruction, Literacy, Professional Development, Leadership for Principals and Superintendents, 21st Century Learning, and Accountability.


Navigating Implementation of the Common Core State Standards

This handbook is the first in the Getting Ready for the Common Core Handbook Series. It provides the roadmap that educators and leaders need to begin implementation of the Common Core. The authors ask readers to question their readiness and create a plan to support the implementation of the standards. The authors also provide historical background on how the standards evolved, why the increased rigor is critical for students, and how all learners can be supported using the Common Core State Standards.


Engaged Instruction: Thriving Classrooms in the Age of the Common Core

Engaged Instruction: Thriving Classrooms in the Age of the Common Core is a timely anthology of practical ideas from thirteen educators actively working to support teachers in the dynamic environment of the 21st‑century classroom. Each author addresses a specialty area for teachers and provides ideas for them to engage students in their classrooms now, in the new age of the Common Core.